New Delhi: Bowlers led India A's fightback as the visitors eked out a two-run lead against Australia A on day two of the first unofficial four-day Test at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Friday.
Speedster Varun Aaron (41/3) came up with timely blows before off-spinner Jayant Yadav struck thrice to end Australia's first innings at 228. India had squandered a solid start on day one to be 230 all out. At stumps, the India A side ended on 44 runs with a lead of 46 after losing two early wickets in the form of Faiz Fazal who scored six and Akhil Herwadkar manged to score 23 runs. First innings top-scorer Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer were in the crease batting on seven and six respectively when play was called off.
The talented pair's stay in the middle tomorrow will be crucial to India's chances in the game being played with a pink ball. Earlier, Australia collapsed to 228 all out after sitting pretty at 157 for two with opener Joe Burns (78) and captain Peter Handscomb (87) stitching an 118-run stand.
The home team was cruising with the dangerous duo in the middle. Burns ended up with 11 fours and a six while his skipper smashed 14 fours along with a maximum. The match situation changed drastically with the fall of Burns and later Handscomb, who was run out courtesy Herwadkar.
The Indian pacers made inroads into the opposition line-up before spinner Yadav cleaned up the tail. While Aaron and Yadav were the standout bowlers, handy contributions came from Hardik Pandya (33/2) and Shardul Thakur (45/1).
India A 230 and 44 for 2 in 12 overs .
Australia A 228 (Burns 78, Handscomb 87; Aaron 3 for 41, Yadav 3 for 44)