The second day of the three-day practice game between India A and Australia A witnessed a young all-rounder stepping up for the home team. The Indian bowling attack sans Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami looked good with Umesh Yadav being the most successful and controlled bowler for them. However, it was the lanky all-rounder Cameron Green who shone with the bat staking claim for a place in the XI for the first Test in Adelaide.
The day began with Ajinkya Rahane and Mohammed Siraj resuming batting for India. The latter, however, was dismissed by Mark Steketee in the third over of the day as the visitors declared at 247/9 after 93 overs in their innings. The skipper Rahane remained unbeaten on 117 with 18 fours and a six to his name.
It was time for India’s bowlers to prove their mettle ahead of the Test series with the third pacer’s slot there for taking due to Ishant Sharma‘s injury. And Umesh Yadav starred in the morning with the new ball as he nipped out Will Pucovski and Joe Burns. While the former slashed a wide delivery straight to Shubman Gill at point, Burns got a peach of a delivery which moved after pitching to kiss his gloves on its way to Wriddhiman Saha.
Travis Head and Marcus Harris then weathered the storm with a 55-run stand. However, Head played on one of the deliveries looking for an expansive drive away from his body. Ravi Ashwin, soon after lunch, dismissed Harris then and the off-spinner pinned Nic Maddinson in front of the stumps to leave Australia A reeling at 98/5.
Tim Paine and Cameron Green resurrect the innings
This is when the national team skipper Tim Paine came out and resurrected the innings with Cameron Green. The latter looked calm and composed in the middle and kept on churning out boundaries whenever the Indian bowlers erred in their length. Paine, at the other end, had a good outing gaining some much needed confidence ahead of the main series.
The duo added 104 runs for the sixth wicket before Paine was dismissed by Umesh Yadav to break the partnership. However, Green continued batting well and didn’t budge and despite wickets falling, he got to the three-figure mark with a brilliant cover drive at the fag end of the day. He stitched an important stand of 49 runs with Michael Neser to take Australia A’s score past India’s.
The hosts ended the day on 286/8 after 85 overs with Green batting on 114 alongside Mark Steketee. For India, Umesh was the best bowler with the figures of 3/44 while Siraj and Ashwin picked a couple each. Kartik Tyagi was wayward in his lines and ended up bowling only nine overs conceding 51 runs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
The difficulty in running through the lower order continues.
Historically, this has been a struggle.
From 98/5, Aus A reaches 286/8, taking a 39 run lead over Ind A.
Umesh Yadav, the pick, with 3/44.
— Ajay Srinivasan (@Ajaychairman) December 7, 2020
Umesh Yadav has bowled well and definitely warrants a place in the starting 11, especially with no Ishant Sharma on the tour. If he is able to maintain consistency and bowl these tight lines throughout the tour, he could well be the trump card for India. #AUSvIND
— Abhijit Nair (@Abhiee0312) December 7, 2020
Cam Green brings up another first class century with a glorious cover drive off Umesh Yadav.
As called by @meljones_33 “Cam Green’s stocks keep rising in Australian cricket.”
— Ben Cameron (@BenCameron23) December 7, 2020
Umesh Yadav will be a third seamer along with bumrah and shami for Adelaide test
Outstanding spell by him unfortunately hanuma vihari dropped a sitter#INDvsAUS #AUSAvINDA @CricCrazyJohns @nivedh_ganesh @Iniyava07443769 @vishnugobi97 @AjiJanmar
— karna (@98_karna) December 7, 2020
#CameronGreen take a bow mate
AUS please stop investing in blokes like abott Tye stoinis and give Green an extended run
— Cricket Aficionado 🇦🇺🌏🌏 (@Tafe25) December 7, 2020
India should try opening with Umesh Yadav. If we are going to have a boxing match instead of Test match.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) December 7, 2020
Umesh Yadav send back both the Australia A openers – Will Pucovski and Burns – Giving a fight for the third spot pace bowling option in the Test.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 7, 2020
Umesh Yadav should play as 3rd seam bowler ahead of Saini. #AUSAvIND
— Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) December 7, 2020
Umesh yadav is bowling well that is good news or good sign while Siraj has been unlucky with edges.#AUSvsIND
— Ankit Kumhar (@ig_iconicop) December 7, 2020
Umesh Yadav bowling ⚡🔥 #AUSAvINDA
— Swaraj Wankhede💙🇮🇳 (@wankhedeswaraj) December 7, 2020
Century for Cameron Green in practice match😀😀
Positive vibes for australia before Test series🤘🤘#AUSAvsINDA
— ♨️శశాంక్•शशांक♨️ (@sasanknv) December 7, 2020
Will Cameron Green make his debut ?
— Poornama Edirisooriya🇱🇰 (@iam_poor9) December 7, 2020
Umesh Yadav picks his third wicket as Tim Paine departs.
Australia A 6 down for 202 against the Indians. pic.twitter.com/wInz4Esn4y
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 7, 2020
Umesh Yadav has picked up three scalps. Siraj and Ashwin with two each.#AUSAvINDA
— Crick Academy (@AcademyCrick) December 7, 2020
Umesh yadav is looking good but should be away from his leg side love
— Laughter express (@Padmana77819026) December 7, 2020
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