After the first half-century of Jasprit Bumrah’s career, Indian fast bowlers wreaked havoc against Australia ‘A’ in the fall of wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Friday on the rain-affected first day of the second practice Test cricket match being played in the floodlights. The guests kept the table heavy. Bumrah scored the first half-century of his career on the pitch on which India and Australia ‘A’ batsmen were battling to score runs.
India rested captain Virat Kohli and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara in the night match on this day but their other key batsmen could not walk. In the absence of Kohli and Pujara, the Indian middle order faltered and lost seven wickets within 21 runs, taking their score to 123 for nine from 102 runs.
If the Indian team reached the first batting after winning the toss and reached 194, the credit goes to Bumrah’s unbeaten 55-run innings which included six fours and two sixes. He shared a 71-run partnership for the tenth wicket with Mohammad Siraj (22).
After this, Mohammed Shami stunned Australia A’s top order and played a key role in putting the entire team of Australia A on 108 runs. In this way India has gained 86 runs in the first innings. Shami took three wickets for 29 runs. Bumrah (two for 33) also bowled as expected while Navdeep Saini (three for 19) and Siraj (one for 26) bolstered their claim to debut in Test cricket. If the Indian innings lasted for 48.3 overs, then Australia A team could survive only for 32.2 overs.
India quickly lost the wicket of Mayank Agarwal (two), who gave his wicket in reward by playing a loose shot off Sean Abbott. Both Prithvi Sauv (40) and Shubman Gill (43) could not convert a good start into a big score, both contending to be the opening pair of Aggarwal in the first-day Test match in Adelaide starting on 17 December but in a limited overs mood Batted.
Sav, who started the innings with Aggarwal, was bowled by all-rounder Will Sutherland by taking the ball between his bat and pad, ending his 63-run partnership with Gill for his second wicket. The eyes were now on Hanuma Vihari, who was able to score 15 and 28 runs in the first practice match as well. This test specialist, however, could not progress beyond 15 this time and was bowled by medium pacer Jack Wildermath. This is where the Indian innings began to collapse.
Gill returned to the pavilion in the next over, while captain Ajinkya Rahane hit a four in the first practice match and was caught behind the wicket. In this match, India had Rishabh Pant as wicketkeeper and Wriddhiman Saha as specialist batsman in the playing XI but both failed.
Pant got out to bat first but was able to score only five runs while Saha could not open the account despite facing 22 balls. When it seemed that India would cheaply return to the pavilion, Bumrah showed his skill of playing long shots, scoring the first half-century of his first class career. Earlier his highest score was 16 runs. He had a shot to the head of all-rounder Cameron Green, forcing him to leave the field. Bumrah faced 57 balls and completed the half-century with a six off Sutherland. Siraj hit two fours and a six in his innings. Abbott and Wildermath took three wickets each from Australia-A.
After this, Indian fast bowlers took full advantage of favorable conditions and took a rigorous examination of Australia-A batsmen. So far, only four batsmen have experienced double-digit Marcus Harris (26), Nick Maddinson (19), captain Alex Carrie (32) and Wildarmath (12).
Australia, looking for the opening pair for the first Test, got Harris and Burns to start the innings but none of them impressed. Burns in poor form was caught by Bumrah behind the wicket on his second ball, which also undermined his chances of playing in the first Test.