|Manoj Tiwary, in Brisbane, on Sunday
Brisbane: Captain Manoj Tiwary (83) and Naman Ojha (82 batting) hit aggressive half centuries to rescue India A from initial trouble and take them to a comfortable 304 for six on the opening day of the first four-day match against Australia A, here, on Sunday.
India A lost their three top batsmen midway into the opening session for just 43 runs, but Tiwary and Ojha rescued them with some fine batting. One-down Jiwanjot Singh also played a part with a 56-run innings, after India elected to bat.
Tiwary shared a 134-run stand for the fourth wicket with Jiwanjot to take the visitors out of the wood. After Tiwary was out at 191 for five, his 118-ball knock laced with 12 fours and a six, Ojha took over to steady the Indian innings and took them to 304 for six at stumps, at Allan Border Field here.
Ojha first paired up with Karun Nair (26) for a 63-run stand for the sixth wicket and then stitched 50 runs with Dhawal Kulkarni (12 batting) for the unbroken seventh wicket. Ojha’s 115-ball unbeaten innings had 12 fours and a six in it.
Earlier, Tiwary’s decision to bat first seemed to be backfiring with Robin Uthappa (23) and Lokesh Rahul (15) posting just 35 runs for the opening wicket.
Rahul was the first to go in the 10th over, LBW off the bowling of pacer Ben Cutting after hitting three fours in his 31-ball innings.
Uthappa followed suit four overs later, falling victim to another pacer, Mitchell Marsh, to leave India at 43 for two. Ambati Rayudu (0) struggled in his short nine-ball stay at the crease and he did not trouble the scorers. He left India in a spot of bother before Tiwary and Ojha played the rescue act.
For Australia A, Cutting, Marsh and leg-spinner Cameron Boyce took two wickets each.