India ‘A’ suffer late jolts, reach 121/3
India <g data-gr-id="26">have</g> a lead of 154 runs and would look do add some quick runs on the last day and then put the inexperienced Australian line-up under pressure. Earlier in the day, the visitors were bowled out for 268, after adding 83 runs to their overnight total of 185/4.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was the pick of the bowlers again on Friday morning as he sent back the well settled Marcus <g data-gr-id="22">Stoinis</g> and Sandhu.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has been recalled to the Test squad for the tour to Sri Lanka, also joined in the act, removing wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade and tailender Andrew Fekete.
Coming into bat in the second innings, the Indians were a little aggressive from the start with K.L. Rahul scoring a pacy 29 off 45 balls. But then the opener fell prey to a Travis Head delivery.
Abhinav Mukund and skipper Chesteshwar Pujara then built on the good start to race to 110, knitting a partnership of 71 runs.
It was Sandhu who finally broke the partnership getting rid of <g data-gr-id="23">Mukund,</g> and then managed to see the back of Pujara who scored 42.
Brief Score: India A 301 and 121/3 (Cheteshwar Pujara 42; Gurinder Sandhu 2/13) vs Australia A 1st innings 268 all out (Marcus <g data-gr-id="20">Stoinis</g> 77; Pragyan Ojha 5/85) after Day 3.