Brisbane: After a brave effort on Day I, India A were made to stretch by their Australian counterparts, courtesy a fine half-century by Ben Cutting and a three-wicket haul by pacer Chadd Sayers on the second day of the four-day match, at Allan Border Field, here, on Monday.
Responding to Australia A’s 423, the visitors ended on 165 for three with captain Manoj Tiwary (50) and Baba Aparajith (20) at the crease. India A still trail the hosts by 258 runs.
Medium-pacer Sayers sent opener Robin Uthappa for 10 and then cleaned up Lokesh Rahul for 52, who notched up his eighth first-class fifty. Karnataka batsman Lokesh looked solid in his 102-ball stay as his innings was laced by seven boundaries and a six. He put on a 67-run second-wicket partnership with Jiwanjot Singh.
Sayers struck again for the third time to get Jiwanjot caught behind for 29 and put the visitors in trouble again. Aparajith and Manoj then stuck together to manage an unbeaten 69-run partnership and keep alive the team’s chances of a first-innings lead.
Earlier, resuming on the overnight score of 288 for seven, the Aussies picked up the strings from last evening as Cutting (96) and Cameron Boyce (57) continued the counter-attack to stitch a 133-run eight-wicket partnership.
Playing on his home turf, Cutting mixed the right dose of caution and aggression to trouble the Indian bowlers, hitting five boundaries and four sixes in his 117-ball innings.