Ajinkya Rahane equipped for the much-anticipated four-Test sequence in opposition to Australia with a resolute century, steering India A to 237 for Eight in opposition to Australia A on the opening day of the primary warm-up match right here on Sunday.
Rahane (108 off 228 balls), main the aspect, and Cheteshwar Pujara (54 off 140 balls), who can be to India’s batting mainstay particularly as soon as Virat Kohli goes for paternity go away after the primary Test, shared a 76-run stand for the fourth wicket after India A have been diminished to 40 for three early on.
The Mumbaikar then added 69 with Kuldeep Yadav (15) to maintain India A afloat.
Rahane, who gained the toss and determined to bat, watched the ball carefully and punished something over-pitched or quick to select up 16 boundaries and a six throughout his lengthy keep on the crease.
Returning to motion after virtually 9 months, Pujara struck kind instantly and his innings was laced with 5 fours.
Pujara performed the leg-glance to select up three boundaries within the positive leg space, two off them in successive deliveries of James Pattinson within the ninth over.
Finish of Day 1: Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 108, Cheteshwar Pujara’s 54 take Indians to 237/Eight at stumps. pic.twitter.com/KQ6TX3fLMt
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At stumps, Rahane and Mohammed Siraj (0) have been on the crease.
Earlier, Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw, who’re combating for one of many opening slots within the Test crew, did their probabilities no good after registering geese.
Whereas Gill edged the primary ball he confronted to Marcus Harris at the third slip, Shaw nicked one to wicketkeeper Tim Paine as India slipped to six for two within the third over.
Taking part in his first aggressive recreation for the reason that coronavirus-induced break, Hanuma Vihari (15) appeared good for some time earlier than Jackson Fowl discovered him plumb in entrance within the 19th over.
Pujara and Rahane then joined palms to regular the innings. The previous reached his fifty with a shot at deep mid-wicket within the 45th over which yielded three runs.
Pujara was dismissed within the 47th over, caught at leg gully by Harris off Pattinson.
Again in motion after recovering from hamstring harm, Wriddhiman Saha, a contender for the wicket-keeping spot, had a dismal outing as he was out for nought after being trapped by Travis Head within the 50th over.
Ravichandran Ashwin (5) then turned the third sufferer of Pattinson as India went into the tea break at 128 for six in 53 overs with Kuldeep becoming a member of Rahane within the centre.
50-run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Kuldeep Yadav.
Indians 181-6 after 73 overs. pic.twitter.com/G5klSI2nIW
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Rahane struggled a bit after the break earlier than reaching his fifty with a higher minimize six off Pattinson within the 61st over.
Rahane stored the scoreboard ticking however Head eliminated Kuldeep, who misjudged a sweep shot because the aspect slumped to 197 for 7.
For Australia, Pattinson, who performed an important position in Mumbai Indians’ title profitable IPL marketing campaign, continued his good run with three wickets.
Pacer Michael Neser (2/51) and fowl (1/34) too bowled effectively, whereas skipper Travis Head too picked up two wickets along with his off-spin.