Mayank's heroics fail to hand India-A victory

Catch all the live updates from the first unofficial Test between India A and Australia A at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Mayank Agarwal holds fort for India-A as others collapse to a fine bowling show from Australia-A. (FILE PHOTO)   -  Getty Images

Good morning all and welcome to SportstarLive's LIVE coverage of the first unofficial Test match between India-A and Australia-A. Our reporter, Ashwin Achal will bring you updates from the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

 

India-A (Playing XI): Mayank Agarwal, Ravikumar Samarth, Shreyas Iyer(c), Ankit Bawne, Srikar Bharat(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Ankit Rajpoot, and, Navdeep Saini.

Australia-A (Playing XI): Usman Khawaja, Kurtis Patterson, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh(c), Alex Carey(w), Michael Neser, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Tremain, Brendan Doggett, and, Jon Holland.

 

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The next four-day match against India A starts on September 8 in Alur. The Australia-A squad comprising the likes of  Chris Tremain will be hoping to get a Test call-up ahead of next month’s contest against Pakistan. Holland was ignored for tours to India and Bangladesh last year. This is the Victorian spinner's chance to set the record straight, now that he also has six wickets in his pocket.

With Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood sidelined by injuries, this is also a good opportunity for Neser to stake claim for a place in the Australian side for the 2-Tests against Pakistan.

12: 55 PM: That is it. It is all over. Ankit Rajpoot follows suit and falls in the very next ball. 163 all out! Australia-A clinches a 98-run victory.

 

12:53 PM: India-A hopes sink with dismissal of Mayank, who was fighting a losing battle anyway. He jumps down the track and hits a full-blooded drive, but Holland takes a sharp caught and bowled catch. FOW:163/9, 59.2 overs.

12:49 PM: India-A still need 100 runs to win now. Score: 162/8, Run Rate: 2.77, 58.3 overs. Although Mayank is still fighting at the crease, it's all a distant dream now.
 

12:42 PM: Mohammed Siraj plonks his front foot forward, but gets hit on the pads. Eight down, India in a hole. FOW: 152/8, 55.4 overs.

12:23 PM: Kuldeep Yadav out, first ball bowled by pacer Dogget. Bouncer guided to keeper, attempted upper cut gone horribly wrong. India-A still need 127 runs to win. FOW: 135/7, 52.1 overs.

11:33 AM: India in deep trouble at lunch. Score reads 128/6 at lunch at the end of 49 overs. Batsmen struggling on a slow and low pitch.

Mayank looking solid. He has shelved his usual aggressive approach, and grafted his way to safety.

11:26 AM: Local lad K. Gowtham came in to a big ovation. But he was taken out LBW cheaply. Gowtham was unhappy with the decision, he perhaps felt the ball was missing off. That is three in a row now. Things not looking good here at the Chinnaswamy. FOW: 126/6, 47.6 overs.

11:20 AM: K.S. Bharat departs! That's 2 wickets in quick succession. Taken out with a bouncer from Brendan Dogget. Krishnappa Gowtham to take charge of things now. What can we expect from him? FOW: 125.5, 46.2 overs.

11:15 AM: R. Samarth departs, victim to Travis Head. He chipped one back to offspinner Head. K.S. Bharat walks out on to the crease. FOW: 124/4, 45.4 overs.

11:06 AM: Mayank Agarwal scores a half- century. The Karnataka player carries on the fine show from the last Ranji season where he had aggregated 1,160 runs with five centuries and two fifties from 13 innings at an outstanding average of 105.45. His last 3 List- A performances with the bat has seen him rack up 69, 36 and 124. In this test match itself, he had scored 47 in the first innings.

 

10:41 AM: Ankit Bawne gone. Tries to sweep left-arm spinner Jon Holland, but the ball deflects off the pads onto the stumps. Freakish dismissal. FOW: 106/3, 37.2 overs.

10:07 AM: Mayank and Bawne hold the fort as India- A manage to put up 85 on the board after 30 overs.

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Australia-A has fought back to set the stage for an interesting finale to the first unofficial test against India-A at the Chinnaswamy. (REPORT)

 

India A finished third day's play on 63/2 with Mayank Agarwal on 28 and Ankit Bawne on 6. The host needs 199 runs to win.

 

Post Day 3 action, Chris Tremain had said that the match is on a knife-edge.

“I’d say it is 50-50 right now. This is not a wicket where runs come easy. If we manage to get wickets in a cluster, it will be tough for the India-A batsmen,” Tremain said.