India took an 86-run lead in the first innings, rain-affected first day of the second practice match against Australia A. 20 wickets fell on the first day. India scored 194 runs batting first, in response to this Australia A team managed only 108 runs. A total of 20 wickets fell on the first day.
After the first half-century of Jasprit Bumrah’s career, the Indian fast bowlers played havoc and strengthened their grip in this match being played in the light of light. 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.
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 Shaw (40) and Shubman Gill (43) could not convert a good start into a big score. Both of them are in contention to become Agarwal’s opening partner in the first Test night at Adelaide starting on 17 December, but they batted in a limited-overs mood.
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 the medium pace bowler Jack Wildermath. This is where the Indian innings began to collapse. Gill returned to the pavilion in the next over, while captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a century in the first practice match and was caught behind by the wicket. In this match, India had Rishabh Pant (5) as wicketkeeper and Wriddhiman Saha (0) as specialist batsman in the playing XI, but both failed.
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 for Australia ‘A’, after which the Indian fast bowlers took full advantage of favorable conditions and took a hard test of the Australian ‘A’ batsmen, so far only four batsmen have experienced Marcus Harris ( 26), Nick Madinson (19), Captain Alex Carrie (32) and Wildarmath (12) have reached double digits. 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 on the back of the wicket with his second ball, which also undermined his chances of playing in the first Test.