Rahane lights up Board XI innings

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Chasing a virtually unachievable target of 516 runs in 40-odd overs, BP XI made 174 without losing a wicket, a much better performance after their first-innings collapse.

While opener Shikhar Dhawan (5) retired hurt after a rising delivery from Hilfenhaus hit him close to his ear, the 22-year-old right-handed Rahane (113 n.o.) reached his century in just 103 balls. Saurashtra batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been included in the Test squad, batted with patience in the second innings and consumed 102 balls for his 52 that included nine hits to the fence.

Resuming at 143 for six in reply to Australia’s 505 for eight declared, President’s XI could only add 34 runs before being bowled out for 177, giving the Aussies a huge 328-run lead.

Australia did not enforce the follow-on and decided to bat again in their second innings. Australia suffered an early jolt when Ricky Ponting, opening the innings to spend some time in the middle, mistimed a pull shot off Jaidev Unadkat to Umesh Yadav at square-leg.
Ponting, who made 42 in the first innings, would have liked more runs under his belt considering three of his team-mates striking tons in the first innings.

Piyush Chawla bowled well and earned three scalps in second innings, castling Tim Paine (0), Steve Smith (19) and having Mitchell Johnson (5) lob a catch to Rahane as they declared their second innings at 187 for six.

Opener Watson’s (104) unbeaten ton, his second of the match, studded with 18 boundaries was the only highlight of Australia’s second innings as the visitors set BP XI a virtually unachievable target of 516.

Earlier in the morning, BP XI skipper Gautam Gambhir, who suffered a blow on his wrist as he got out to a rising delivery from Hilfenhaus on Sunday, preferred to rest and did not come to bat.

Given the fact that BP XI crumbled like a pack of cards, Chawla played an outstanding knock of 82 that was studded with ten boundaries and three sixes. Chawla and S Sreesanth, weaved a 68-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

SCORE BOARD

AUSTRALIANS (I Innings): 505/8 decl in 144.3 overs
BOARD PRESIDENT’S XI (I Innings, O/n: 143/6): Gautam Gambhir c Paine b Hilfenhaus 8, Shikhar Dhawan c Paine b George 17, Ajinkya Rahane c Watson b Hilfenhaus 0, Cheteshwar Pujara b Johnson 9, Saurabh Tiwary c Paine b George 15, Wriddhiman Saha c Paine b Hilfenhaus 14, Piyush Chawla c (sub) Hughes b Hauritz 82, S Sreesanth c Watson b Hilfenhaus 12, Pragyan Ojha b Hilfenhaus 0, Umesh Yadav c Katich b Johnson 6, Jaidev Unadkat (not out) 0. Extras (B-4, LB-6, NB-4) 14. Total (all out, 45.5 overs) 177.
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-12, 3-33, 4-47, 5-53, 6-90, 7-158, 8-171, 9-171.

Bowling: Ben Hilfenhaus 12-4-47-5, Mitchell Johnson 7.5-2-26-2, Peter George 5-0-15-2, Shane Watson 5-4-6-0, Nathan Hauritz 14-2-53-1, Steven Smith 2-0-20-0.
AUSTRALIANS (II Innings): Shane Watson (not out) 104, Ricky Ponting c Yadav b Unadkat 9, Michael Clarke c (sub) Jadeja b Yadav 23, Tim Paine b Chawla 0, Steven Smith b Chawla 19, Mitchell Johnson c Rahane b Chawla 5, Nathan Hauritz b Ojha 25, Ben Hilfenhaus (not out) 0. Extras (LB-2) 2. Total (for 6 wkts decl., 41 overs) 187.

Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-67, 3-68, 4-116, 5-128, 6-170.

Bowling: S Sreesanth 4-0-25-0, Jaidev Unadkat 10-0-49-1, Umesh Yadav 9-0-44-1, Piyush Chawla 15-1-64-3, Pragyan Ojha 3-0-3-1.

BOARD PRESIDENT’S XI (II Innings): Ajinkya Rahane (not out) 113, Shikhar Dhawan (retd hurt) 5, Cheteshwar Pujara (not out) 52. Extras (LB-4) 4. Total (for no loss, 36 overs) 174.

Bowling: Ben Hilfenhaus 6-0-24-0, Mitchell Johnson 9-2-52-0, Nathan Hauritz 10-0-40-0, Peter George 3-0-19-0, Steven Smith 8-2-35-0.

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