Smith, Marsh hit tons against lacklustre India A attack


Smith, Marsh hit tons against lacklustre India A attack

Australia had a rough start when they lost the wickets of both openers David Warner and Matthew Henshaw in the first session itself.

With India A in the driver's seat at the interval for drinks, it was up to captain Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh to revive the innings. The credit goes to youngster Navdeep Amarjeet Singh who got the wickets of both the batsmen.

It presented the set pair of Smith and Marsh, preferred over another left-hander Usman Khawaja in the team, with an opportunity to make a meat of a plethora of part-timers who were forced to bowl. Saini returned to the field soon after but bowled only two more overs with the second new ball. It was in the second session they started attacking the ball and increased the run-rate. The Australian captain scored 48 runs off 66 balls he faced from Nadeem, hitting him for his solitary six straight over the bowler's head. Smith scored 107 off 161 deliveries before retiring out, to give a chance to the other Australian batsmen, to get a taste of conditions in India. On the other hand, the Indian bowlers would look to improve on their poor performance and grab some quick wickets and bowl the Kangaroos out before they come out to bat.

The game tilted slightly towards India A when skipper Pandya made a decision to opt for the new ball. Pandya, who had a poor outing with the ball had something to cheer for when he dismissed Handscomb in the 81 over. However, Pandya was successful in getting the third wicket of the innings when he had Peter Handscomb caught by Priyank Kirit Panchal.

The first day of the warm-up game between India "A" and Australia was dominated by the visitors as they ended it on 327 for the loss of three wickets.