Easwaran, Samarth impress for India A

Openers Ravikumar Samarth and Abhimanyu Easwaran put on a century stand after spinner Kuldeep Yadav's five-wicket haul to keep India A in the hunt on Day 2 of the second four-day game against Australia A at the KSCA ground in Alur.

By Our Bureau & Agencies
  • Published 10.09.18
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Abhimanyu Easwaran

Calcutta/Bangalore: Openers Ravikumar Samarth and Abhimanyu Easwaran put on a century stand after spinner Kuldeep Yadav's five-wicket haul to keep India A in the hunt on Day 2 of the second four-day game against Australia A at the KSCA ground in Alur.

Samarth (83) and Easwaran (86) stitched 174 runs for the opening wicket to help India A reach 223 for three in 70 overs at stumps in their first innings in reply to Australia A's 346.

Earlier, Kuldeep (5/91) ran through Australia A's tail as he sent back Chris Tremlin (16), Mitchell Swepson and Brendan Doggett in quick succession to restrict the visitors under 350. Besides Kuldeep, another left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem picked up three wickets.

Visitors' captain Mitchell Marsh remained unbeaten on 113 off 204 balls as wickets kept tumbling from the other end. "The start was always going to be difficult, but good to some runs nonetheless and put up a competitive total on board," the all-rounder said after the day's play.

For India A, Samarth and Easwaran gave the hosts a solid start with their century stand. But just when they looked set for centuries, Samarth was adjudged leg-before off Ashton Agar, while Easwaran was the victim of an unfortunate run out.

Easwaran was adept against the short ball, being cautious in his approach as opposed to that of Samarth. When the two openers successfully played out Doggett's spell, the Australians were set for a long day.

The spinners didn't get much help from the wicket, despite extreme sun exposure on the hottest day of the game. They over-pitched on several occasions, which made matters easier for the batsmen.

Ankit Bawne didn't last long and was caught by Matt Renshaw off Sweepson as India A were reduced to 217 for three.

Brief scores: Australia A 346 (M. Marsh 113 n.o.; K.Yadav 5/91). India A 223/3 (R. Samarth 83, A. Easwaran 86). Match to continue.