Australia ‘A’ hangs on for a draw

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TIMBER!: Luke Ronchi has no clue to this one from S.R. Tyagi.
TIMBER!: Luke Ronchi has no clue to this one from S.R. Tyagi.

K.C. Vijaya Kumar

Cricket / Tyagi impresses with a four-wicket haul

Bangalore: Simon Katich’s men belatedly found their feet against spin as Australia ‘A’ salvaged a draw against India ‘A’ at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday.

On the third and final day, resuming at the overnight 113 for eight, the visitor lasted a mere nine deliveries and ended with a first innings score of 116 in 46.2 overs.

Having failed to notch the required 135 to avoid the follow-on, the Aussies padded up again and much to its skipper Katich’s relief, found a sliver of batting muscle despite seamer Sudeep Tyagi’s four-wicket burst late in the day and scored 263 for seven in its second innings when the match was called off after 81 overs.

Right earnest

The second innings exercise of tiding past the 168-run deficit and avoiding defeat began in right earnest as openers Katich (56) and Phillip Hughes (43) strung an 88-run partnership.

Hughes initially led a charmed existence as his first 24 runs came in fours, largely in the form of edges that flew over the slips. The southpaws dealt with the India ‘A’ seamers with a measure of comfort after the early misses and later when Badrinath pressed the spinners into service, the openers moved their feet hinting that the cobwebs of their minds were cleared.

The changed Aussie mindset was evident in the very first over of leg-spinner Piyush Chawla as Katich stepped out and whipped one past mid-wicket. Later when off-spinner Mohnish Parmar delivered his first over, Katich danced down, negated the turn and hoisted one over long-on.

Charge on

The charge against the spinners was on and perhaps on cue, Hughes lofted Parmar and drove Piyush. However the urge to attack undid Hughes as he tried to glide Parmar and ended up offering a snick to Parthiv Patel.

Next man in, Adam Voges failed to last, spooning a slog-sweep off Parmar and at 108 for two, Australia ‘A’ still had a few yards to cover before reaching the safe-zone.

Katich was joined by Marcus North, who played with assurance against the spinners. Katich however after a well-made fifty (56, 112b, 7x4, 1x6) fell to Badrinath while trying to whip one to the on-side.

North however continued with aplomb and his 88 (149b, 10x4) was the innings of the day.

The southpaw whetted his appetite, cutting Piyush fine and then flexed his forearms and pockmarked the mid-wicket fence.

A cover-driven four off Dhawal Kulkarni that ushered in the fifty was the pick and in George Bailey, North found the perfect ally. The duo shared an 84-run fourth-wicket partnership that wiped out the deficit and negated the prospects of an Indian victory.

The day’s fag end belonged to Tyagi as the seamer bent one back into Bailey and then prompted North to rush into a needless pull shot.

The Uttar Pradesh medium pacer then castled Luke Ronchi and later got Beau Casson with a beauty, the ball just moving a shade and slipping through the gate like a gentle whisper.

At close, Noffke and Siddle hung in when play was called off after one over was bowled in the final hour.

The scores:

India ‘A’ — Ist innings: 284 in 89.4 overs.

Australia ‘A’ – Ist innings: P. Hughes b Kulkarni 1, S. Katich lbw Parmar 22, A. Voges b Tyagi 0, M. North b Chawla 41, G. Bailey c Rahane b Parmar 38, L. Ronchi lbw Chawla 2, A. Noffke lbw Parmar 1, P. Siddle (run out) 0, B. Casson lbw Parmar 4, B. McGain lbw Chawla 0, D. Bollinger (not out) 2. Extras: (lb-1, w-1, nb-3) 5. Total (all out in 46.2 overs) 116.

Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-7, 3-45, 4-87, 5-89, 6-92, 7-99, 8-113, 9-114.

India ‘A’ bowling: Dhawal 7-1-15-1, Tyagi 5-2, 16-1, Vinay 6-3-8-0, Parmar 16.2-3-37-4, Chawla 12-3-39-3.

Australia ‘A’ – 2nd innings: P. Hughes c Parthiv b Parmar 43, S. Katich b Badrinath 56, A. Voges c Tyagi b Parmar 9, M. North c Badrinath b Tyagi 88, G. Bailey lbw Tyagi 29, L. Ronchi b Tyagi 5, A. Noffke (not out) 2, B. Casson b Tyagi 1, P. Siddle (not out) 0. Extras: (b-16, lb-7, w-7) 30. Total (for seven wickets in 81 overs) 263.

Fall of wickets: 1-88, 2-108, 3-144, 4-228, 5-253, 6-258, 7-263.

India ‘A’ bowling: Dhawal 10-5-27-0, Tyagi 11-2-42-4, Chawla 21-2-71-0, Vinay 6-0-24-0, Parmar 25-7-55-2, Badrinath 8-3-21-1.

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