India A restricted to 230 against Australia A

Manish Pandey scored 77 to lead India A to a first-innings score of 230 on Day One of the unofficial Test series against Australia A. Leg-spinner

Manish Pandey hit 13 fours and a six in his attacking knock.   -  K. Murali Kumar (File Photo)

Manish Pandey blasted a quickfire 77 to steer India A to 230 on the first day of the unofficial Test against Australia A in Brisbane on Thursday. Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson was the host's most effective bowler, with a haul of 4 for 78.

Middle-order batsman Pandey cracked 13 boundaries and one six to take the visitor close to the 200-mark but once he was dismissed by Chadd Sayers, the rest of the batsmen could only score 42 more runs. At the draw of stumps, Cameron Bancroft (10) and Joe Burns (12) were at the crease with Australia A at 24 for no loss at the Allan Border Field.

Earlier, Naman Ojha won the toss and elected to bat and openers Akhil Herwadkar (34) and Faiz Fazal (48) scored 74 runs in 32.1 overs before the former was caught by Peter Handscomb off Daniel Worrall.

Five overs later, other opener Fazal was cleaned up by David Moody. Shreyas Iyer (19) and Pandey then brought up the hundred before Iyer was caught and bowled by Swepson.

Pandey and Karun Nair (15) then added 70 runs and once the former was dismissed, Nair, too, could not stay longer and was sent packing by Swepson with Handscomb taking the catch.

Skipper Ojha (2) was trapped lbw by Sayers after he spent 32 balls at the crease and Swepson and Moody then picked up two wickets each to wrap up the Indian innings in 81.3 overs.

Brief scores:

India A 1st Innings: 230 all out in 81.3 overs (M Pandey 77; M Swepson 4/78).

Australia A 1st innings: 25-0 in 6 overs.

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