Twitter Reactions: Cameron Green's stunning century helps Australia A take a lead over India A

Twitter Reactions: Cameron Green’s stunning century helps Australia A take a lead over India A

Green remained unbeaten on 114 as Australia A finished the day on 286/8

Cameron Green
Cameron Green. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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.

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