Bumrah fifty, Shami, Saini give Indians edge over Australia A

India grabbed an 86-run lead against Australia ‘A’ on a rain-hit opening day of the second warm-up game which saw 20 wickets fall on Friday.

Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini picked six wickets between as Australia A folded for a paltry 108 in its first innings.   -  GETTY IMAGES

India grabbed an 86-run lead against Australia ‘A’ on a rain-hit opening day of the second warm-up game which saw 20 wickets fall on Friday. India bundled out Australia A for 108 after being dismissed for 194 at the SCG.

For the visitor, Jasprit Bumrah notched up his maiden first-class fifty with an unbeaten 57-ball 55 after Prithvi Shaw (40) and Shubman Gill (43) made useful contributions at the top.

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It was a light-hearted celebration for Bumrah not entirely renowned for his work wielding the willow. His previous highest first-class score was 16 not out. His highest Test and one-day international scores were 10 not out, and he was averaging 2.9 per innings in cricket’s longest format.

Bumrah posted the highest score of the innings with an unbeaten 55 from 57 balls - an innings dotted with six boundaries and two sixes - and shared a 71-run last-wicket stand with Mohammed Siraj (22) to lift India from 123 for 9 in the 36th over to 194 all out in the 49th. India had lost eight wickets for 51 before the tailenders rallied.

Sean Abbott snared 3 for 46 and Jack Wildermuth returned 3 for 13 for Australia ‘A’, with Sutherland, Mitch Swepson, Harry Conway and all-rounder Cameron Green each taking a wicket.

Green, a potential Test all-rounder for Australia, had to be taken from the field for a concussion check after being hit on the head by a ball that Bumrah had just driven back down toward him.

 

The 21-year-old Green appeared to be fine when he walked off the field.

With India captain Virat Kohli sitting out the match, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rahane was caught behind for 4 during a period when India lost three wickets for four runs.

Many of India’s players do not have experience of playing with the pink ball, having played just one Test against Bangladesh under the day-night conditions. That match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in January was won by India by an innings and 46 runs.