Brisbane: Naman Ojha hit a brilliant double century to put India A in a commanding position at the end of the second day of the first four-day game against Australia A, at the Allan Border field, here, on Monday.
The wicketkeeper-batsman remained unbeaten on 219 when India A declared their first innings on 475 for nine. The India A attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah (3/42), further strengthened the visitors position. The hosts were trailing by 349 runs with four wickets in hand at stumps. Mitchell Marsh was batting on 18 with Sam Whiteman (13 batting).
Earlier, after India A resumed on 304 for six, Naman, who was batting on the overnight score of 82 soon reached the three-figure mark and continued to punish the Australian attack. Coming in at No. 7 he rallied on to power his team to a comfortable position.
Naman and Dhawal Kulkarni added 49 runs before the latter returned to the pavilion. Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce claimed the lower-order batsman and in his next sent back Umesh Yadav for naught to finish with a four-wicket haul.
Pragyan Ojha then faced 27 deliveries to score four runs before Moises Henriques induced an edge off him to the wicket-keeper. Bumrah, who replaced him at the crease then helped add 75 runs to the total in an unbroken partnership until India A declared the innings.
Bumrah scalped opener Alex Doolan (12) and Peter Forrest (16), both caught by KL Rahul. Dhawal Kulkarni sent back Phil Hughes (34) while Umesh Yadav bowled James Faulkner (1) to reduce the home side to 73 for four.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha had Moises Henriques (4) caught behind before Bumrah ended Chris Lynn’s resistance by inducing an edge for wicketkeeper Naman.