Senior bowlers Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin performed well in the practice match against Australia A and confirmed their selection in the Indian XI in the first Test while the hosts scored 286 for eight from Cameron Green’s unbeaten century on the second day. Australia now have a 39-run lead. India A’s first innings was declared at 247 for nine wickets. Captain Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 117 runs.
Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are scheduled to play in the Test. Umesh, who was in the race for the third fast bowler’s spot, took three wickets for 44 runs in 18 overs. Mohammed Siraj took two wickets for 71 runs in 19 overs. Umesh sent openers Will Pukowski (one) and Joe Burns (four) to the pavilion. Ashwin took two wickets for 58 runs in 19 overs.
All-rounder Green continued his form of the Sheffield Shield for Australia A, scoring an unbeaten 114 off 173 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six. He shared a 104-run partnership for the sixth wicket with national captain Tim Paine (44).
Earlier, Australia A’s five wickets fell for 98 runs at a time. Green added 49 runs for the eighth wicket with fast bowler Michael Nasser (33). India got off to a good start with the new ball and Umesh caught Pukowski at the hands of Shubman Gill in point off the off-stump ball.
Burns catches Riddhiman Saha behind the wicket. Captain Travis Head (18) and Marcus Harris (35) shared a 55-run partnership. Siraj dismissed Head in the 21st over. At the same time, Ashwin caught Harris in the slip to Rahane. Ashwin also lbw Nick Medinson (23) in the 31st over. Green and Tim Paine then took Australia A to 186 for five at tea.
After the break, a bouncer from Umesh hit the pen at the helmet. After this, Penn returned to the backward square leg with a catch to Prithvi Shaw. Siraj, on the other hand, took the second wicket in the form of James Pattinson (three). Green, who got a life from Hanuma Vihari on 24 in the second slip and wicketkeeper Saha on 78, completed his century with fours in the 81st over.