Who told tail-enders don’t bat? When you are representing the Indian cricket team, it is mandatory that even the bowlers should know the fundamentals of batting. Even though bowlers are not up to their mark, they ensure to contribution at least some runs which adds little value to the scorecard. Incidents of tail-enders helping the team in crunch situations are many.
Case in point, Australia and India are currently involved in the second practice match at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. India won the toss and elected to bat first without Virat Kohli. Ajinkya Rahane is leading the team in Kohli’s absence. In the three-day practice match between Australia A and India, so many things happened.
India posted 194 losing all the ten wickets in the passage of play inside 50 overs. Prithvi Shaw got off to a blistering start to the game as he scored 40 off just 29 balls. He hit as many as 8 fours in the process. Apart from him, Shubman Gill also showed promising signs as he scored a decent 43 including 6 fours and a six.
Bumrah hits maiden fifty
Apart from the duo, the top batsmen fell prey to Australian bowlers. Sean Abbott and Wildermuth picked three wickets each. While India never looked like crossing the 130-run mark, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj provided resistance. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the batsmen for India as he hit a sensational fifty with a six off the back foot.
He scored an unbeaten 55 off 57 balls with the help of 6 fours and 2 sixes. Siraj also showed some support by scoring 22. The duo added a 71-run stand for the tenth wicket to help India post a decent score. In reply, Australia were bowled out for 108. Alex Carey, the skipper top-scored for Australia A with 32 including 6 fours.
Apart from him, no other batsmen stood against India’s bowling attack. Indian bowlers did a pretty good by restricting the hosts to a cheap total. Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini accounted for 3 dismissals each. Jasprit Bumrah picked up 2 wickets while Mohammed Siraj picked up a wicket to his name. Australia A trail by 86 runs at the end of Day 1.