India vs Australia A: Batters struggle, but pacemakers make the most of useful conditions

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty |

Updated: December 11, 2020 8:50:33 pm





Jasprit Bumrah (55) scored his first First Class half-century against Australia A. (Twitter / BCCI)

If the first game day of the Indians-Australia A day tour in Sydney is a precursor to what could follow in Adelaide, the site of the first Trial under the lights, in about a week, you better batters be prepared to hold. adversity.

Twenty wickets fell on the day, with the Indians scoring 194 and Australia A with 108 in response. The ball was moving in the air and off the platform, bouncing awkwardly at times as well.

Jasprit Bumrah’s first-class half-century (55 not out) gave the whole of India some respectability. He swung the bat and added 71 runs with Mohammed Siraj (22) for the last field. A direct shot from him hit Cameron Green in the head on his follow-up, forcing the SUV out of the game with a “mild” concussion.

However, overall, India’s batting, without Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, did not fare well against the pink ball. But the bowlers made amends. Here’s how they performed …

Mayank Agarwal

During his brief stint, Agarwal was playing from the crease and while attempting a force shot from the rear foot to a Sean Abbott back delivery, he slipped on the first slip. Agarwal’s approach was tentative and his body was not in the correct position to take the shot.

Prithvi Shaw

Shaw took advantage of his strengths, the total attack. When Australia A’s bowlers offered wide, he hit the ball square to the wicket. A scorching drive past pitcher Harry Conway barely allowed the fielders to move. On the other hand, Shaw’s game is also fraught with risk, and an outside advantage from a drive attempt passed over the third slip. He scored 40 runs of 29 balls, hitting eight fours. But his footwork, sometimes, did not inspire confidence. He was fired, leaving a large space between the bat and the pad.

Shubman gill

During his 43 of 58 balls, Gill oozes class. Conditions were harsh. Batters had to be prepared to land an unplayable ball at any moment. Gill made the most of the race score deliveries. A six on the long leg from an Abbott short ball was excellent. Gill got a really good ball from Green. But the young man showed enough mettle to be firmly in the scheme of things for the first Test.

Ajinkya rahane

Rahane played aggressive cricket to score a century in the first game of the tour. On Friday too, he played a superb shooting shot against Jack Wildermuth. He hit the next ball, attempting another force shot. But the positivity in Rahane’s approach was refreshing.

Cameron Green was hit in the head by a shot from Jasprit Bumrah. (Screenshot)

Hanuma Vihari

He hit two fours, but fell prey to an error in judgment.

Rishabh pants

Australia He was primed by bowlers with short deliveries before Wildermuth threw a full on the stumps and caught him leg early.

Wriddhiman Saha

His scored half a century to save games in the first game on the circuit. On Friday, he got a good ball from Abbott. However, Saha did not stick when Australia A hit. Pant took the gloves instead.

Bowling India

The team would be happy to see that despite a long drawn out hiatus, both Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah hit their straps immediately. They had the advantage of bowling under the lights and the two rapids sent some unfair deliveries. Bumrah threw in a beauty to fire starter Joe Burns, giving Australian selectors more headaches when it comes to selecting the starting pair for Adelaide.

Shami fired Marcus Harris and Ben McDermott within six installments to turn the game in India’s favor. Shami returned with three windows, while Bumrah bagged two. Siraj (2/33) and Navdeep Saini (3/19) also enjoyed bowling on favorable terms.

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