Thursday 24 April 2014
News updated at 7:01 PM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.8°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

Tiwary, spinners give India 'A' upper hand

Chennai, Feb 18, 2013 (PTI)

Manoj Tiwary staked his claim for a maiden call-up to the Test squad with a timely century before Australia’s spinners bowled out India ‘A’ for 451 on the second day of the warm-up match here on Sunday.

In reply, the visitors, riding on Shane Watson’s 84, reached 131 for four at stumps on a day when play started more than two hours from the scheduled time due to wet outfield. Matthew Wade (3) and Moises Henriques (0) were at the crease at close.

Tiwary struck 129 off 187 balls, finding the fence 18 times and clearing it thrice. Tiwary is not in the 15-man squad selected for the first two Tests but this performance will remind the selectors that he is in form, having fully recovered from the injury he suffered in the middle of the Ranji season last December.

India ‘A’ would have liked to score a few more runs considering that they were 338 for four at stumps on the opening day, and with Tiwary in good nick, that was definitely a possibility.


However, after going wicket-less on the opening day, off-break bowler Nathan Lyon and promising 19-year-old left-arm spinner Ashton Agar grabbed five wickets between them to stop the India ‘A’ team around the 450-mark at the Guru Nanak College Ground. Barring Tiwary and, to an extent, Jalaj Saxena, the others could not make substantial contributions, though Rakesh Dhurv made a breezy 21 off 18 balls with the help of three sixes.

Saxena, during his unbeaten knock of 30 off 106 balls, hit three fours, while CM Gautam, who was overnight unbeaten on 34, could add just four runs to his name. The Karnataka wicketkeeper-batsman’s 38 came off 68 balls and included six boundaries.


Tiwary added 74 for the fifth wicket with Gautam, and another 76 for the sixth wicket with Saxena.

It must be mentioned that Tiwary had scored 93 when India ‘A’ had played England in a warm-up match last year. Starting at a healthy total, India ‘A’ lost Gautam early, caught behind off Peter Siddle for the pacer’s first wicket of the match.

One half-century partnership was followed by another, between Tiwary and Saxena, before the centurion was sent back by Lyon, dealing a blow to the hosts’ chance of crossing the 500 mark.
After a few lusty blows, Dhruv fell to Agar after being caught by Usman Khwaja. The tail enders did not last long as India A were all out in 128.4 overs.


Agar picked up three for 107 while there were two wickets for Lyon. Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty also finished with three wickets, but all of them had come on Saturday.
When their turn to bat came, Watson and Ed Cowan (40) looked at ease against the India ‘A’ bowlers, scoring runs freely and, at a healthy rate.


None of the host bowlers could trouble the Australian openers, who reduced the deficit to under 350 before Dhurv had Cowan trapped in front of the wicket.

Cowan’s dismissal triggered a collapse that saw the visitors losing three more wickets, including the important one of Watson, who scored 84 off 87 balls with 13 fours and a six. Phillip Hughes (1) and Khwaja (1) both flopped.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A worker spreads paddy crop for drying at a rice processing unit in Bavla...

A worker spreads paddy crop for drying at a rice processing unit in Bavla...

A helicopter flies past as Bangladesh's naval frigate BNS Abu Bakar participates in multi-country...

A helicopter flies past as Bangladesh's naval frigate BNS Abu Bakar participates in multi-country...

Sachin Tendulkar poses for a photograph with his wife Anjali during his 41st bithday celebrations...

Sachin Tendulkar poses for a photograph with his wife Anjali during his 41st bithday celebrations...

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh showing the ink mark on his finger after casting vote for Lok Sabha...

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh showing the ink mark on his finger after casting vote for Lok Sabha...

Residents trying to salvage their belongings after a massive fire gutted their houses in Patna...

Residents trying to salvage their belongings after a massive fire gutted their houses in Patna...

A honeybee ‘caught’ by a ‘len’s eye’ while feeding on nectar...

A honeybee ‘caught’ by a ‘len’s eye’ while feeding on nectar...

Labourers thrash cornflower stalks in a field during morning hours near Vrindavan...

Labourers thrash cornflower stalks in a field during morning hours near Vrindavan...

Chief Minister of Manipur O Ibobi Singh offers floral tribute at Khomjam War Memorial Complex...

Chief Minister of Manipur O Ibobi Singh offers floral tribute at Khomjam War Memorial Complex...

In this Sunday, March 2, 2014 file photo, Olivia Wilde, and Jason Sudeikis arrive at the ...

In this Sunday, March 2, 2014 file photo, Olivia Wilde, and Jason Sudeikis arrive at the ...

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend a reception ...

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend a reception ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523