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India A v Australia A Day 3: Wriddhiman Saha saves India from embarrassment

By Bet Barter

December 9, 2020

Wriddhiman Saha made 54 runs to ensure a draw for India in the three-day practice match against Australia in Sydney. After conceding a 59 runs lead to the opposition in the first innings, team India crumbled to 143 for 9 in their second innings. Team India was in danger of losing the three-day match. A healthy partnership of 46 runs between Tyagi and Saha for the 10th wicket saved the side from losing the match.

Saha stood out for India amid the ruins as he hit seven fours during his knock. Kartik Tyagi displayed extraordinary fortitude in his 27-ball stay to score two runs. The visitors declared their second innings on 189 for 9, with a lead of 130.

Umesh Yadav clean bowled Joe Burns for a duck in the first over of Australia's second innings. Australia A managed to score 52 runs in their second innings in 15 overs. The match resulted in a draw. Australia A opening batsman Will Pucovski had to retire hurt after being struck on the helmet by Kartik Tyagi. Will scored 23 runs before leaving the crease.

India A batting line-up crumbled after the swift start

The opening duo of Shaw and Gill got a quick start in the second innings. However, after their dismissal, India’s batting line-up came unstuck. Pacer Mark Steketee bowled well and finished with 5 for 37. Cameron Green and Michael Neser each chipped in with two scalps.

The young opening pair, Shaw and Gill added 37 for the first wicket in 6.5 overs. Following that, Cheteshwar Pujara fell for an eight-ball duck, bowled by Neser. Shubman Gill made a quickfire 29 runs from 24 deliveries before becoming Green’s second victim. 

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Vihari starred in a fourth-wicket stand of 54 runs. However, the duo was then dismissed in the 20s. The lower order could not contribute much as Ashwin (8), K. Yadav (0), U. Yadav (11), and M. Siraj (0) all became victims to Steketee.

Wriddhiman Saha with the help from Tyagi steered India to a safe score. After resuming the first innings on 286/8, the hosts declared with a score of 306 for 9. Cameron Green remained unbeaten on 125 from 202 balls.

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