IND-A vs AUS-A, 2nd unofficial Test: India-A in charge

R. Samarth of India-A in action against Australia-A in the second unofficial Test match at Alur Grounds in Bengaluru on September 9.   -  Sudhakara Jain

India-A was in control of the 2nd and final unofficial Test against Australia-A at the end of day three.

4:30 pm: Australia-A ends day three at 33/1, trailing India by 126 runs in the second innings. Join us tomorrow.

3:47 pm: India A has been bowled out for 505, an overall lead of 159. K. S. Bharat the last man to fall for 106.

3:40 pm: K. S. Bharat has got to his hundred and India-A is nearing 500 with one wicket in hand.

3:02 pm: Kuldeep Yadav brings up his half-century with a single off Chris Tremain. India A 474/7.

2:55 pm: Bharat and Kuldeep bring up their 100-run partnership off 172 balls, Bharat now just four shy of a hundred! India A 470/7.

2:38 pm:

2:15 pm: At tea, India A are 440/7. Bharat and Kuldeep continue to keep the Australian bowlers at bay.

1:46 pm: Bharat and Kuldeep Yadav bring up their 50-run stand off 87 balls. India A 420/7.

1:44 pm:

1:27 pm: 400 up for India A, the lead's now worth 55. Bharat going strong on 72.

12:48 pm: Agar gets his second wicket as Deepak Chahar is adjudged lbw after he doesn't offer a shot. India A leads by 24 runs.

12:41 pm: K.S. Bharat brings up his fifty with yet another cover-drive off Doggett. India A 366/6.

12:29 pm: K.S. Bharat brings out a glorious cover drive as India A go past the visitor's total. The host now leads by 4 runs. India A 350/6.

12:27 pm: Doggett finally has a wicket; he gets rid of K. Gowtham with a well-directed bouncer which hits the bat, then brushes the helmet and pops up for the bowler to complete an easy catch. India A 341/6.

11:34 am: At Lunch, India A is 328/5. K.S. Bharat and K. Gowtham at the crease for the host.

11:12 am: Tremain gets his man - Gill departs after a fluent half-century, clean-bowled by one that appeared to move away off the seam. Ind A 300/5.

11:07 am: Shubman Gill brings up his 50 off 74 balls! This has been a top knock from the youngster. Australia have bowled at him with men at catching positions at all times, but Gill has looked confident and flawless thus far.

11:03 am: Gill is pinged on the pads by a Tremain delivery. Tremain gives a long stare. Next ball, Gill stands tall and plays a beautiful straight drive. Tremain gives a long stare. India A one shy of 300, Gill one shy of 50!

10:29 am: Shubman Gill growing in confidence, deliberately opens the face and forces the ball through the vacant slip region for four. Then stands tall and cuts a short ball past backward point for another boundary. Doggett going for runs.

10:25 am :

10:00 am: Marsh strikes! And it's the skipper, Shreyas Iyer, who has to depart for 42. The length, on this incoming delivery, wasn't short enough to go on the back foot, but Iyer did so anyway and was bowled in the process. India 259/4

9:56 am: Swepson bowls a negative line and it has been called wide. Mitchell Marsh having a word with the umpires. India A 258/3.

9:48 am: 250 up for India A. Swepson loses his grip as the ball slips out of his hand and ends up being a full-toss at the right height for Gill, who clobbers it over fine-leg for six.

9:35 am: Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Swepson to start the day's proceedings. Swepson has a slip, leg-slip and short-leg for Shubman Gill, who responds by playing a wristy flick past mid-wicket for four!

9:07 am: Mitchell Marsh says there's a restriction on the number of overs he can bowl in this 'Test' - 10. Marsh, who has 28 Tests under his belt, bats at No. 6 and has 33 wickets at 3.55. His AR abilities will allow the selectors the luxury of playing 3 spinners if needed.

9:00 am: Rahul Dravid giving throwdowns to Shubman Gill in the nets. Gill will kick-start proceedings with captain Shreyas Iyer on day three.

8:50 am:

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India-A wrested control of the 2nd unofficial Test against Australia-A at the end of day two, trailing the visitor's first-innings score (346) by just 123 runs having moved to 223/3. Join us for what is likely to be an absorbing third day. (REPORT)

Mitchell Marsh who shepherded his team — which had slumped to 180 for six — to a fighting 346 in the first innings, spoke to Sportstar. (REPORT)