Australia A vs India (D/N): Key Takeaways of Day 1
The Indian seamers ruled the roost with the pink ball on Day 1 of the second warm-up game (D/N) against Australia A. They fired some brutal deliveries as the Aussies were completely jeopardized and eventually bundled out for 108. Earlier in the day, Team India fetched a similar result as their innings ended on 194. Here are the key takeaways.
How did Day 1 pan out?
With Virat Kohli sitting out of the game, Ajinkya Rahane took India's charge. Batting first, India were reduced to 116/8, however, tail-enders Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj propelled them to 194. Although Australia's innings started well, the Indian fast bowlers got the better of them. Lower-order batsman Harry Conway was the final one to depart, with Australia A perishing on 108 at stumps.
Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill bounce back
Youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill finally showed some form after failing in the first warm-up game. The former was off to a flier, having smashed 40 off 29 balls. His scintillating knock was solidified by 8 fours. However, a snorter from Will Sutherland knocked off his stumps. Meanwhile, Gill also put up a 58-ball 43 (6 fours and 1 six).
Bumrah slams his maiden fifty in First-class cricket
That apart, Bumrah's extraordinary effort with the bat stole the limelight. As India were tottering on 123/9, Bumrah took on the Australian bowlers, unleashing his attacking mode. He stitched a 71-run stand with Siraj, which helped the tourists achieve a respectable total. Interestingly, Bumrah slammed his first-ever half-century in First-class cricket. He remained unbeaten on 55 (57), while Siraj departed on 22.
Here's how Bumrah reached his maiden FC fifty
Cameron Green ruled out after sustaining concussion
All-rounder Cameron Green has been ruled out of the remaining game after sustaining a concussion during the day. In the 45th over, a flat-batted return stroke from Bumrah struck onto Green's head. The latter was immediately examined by the medical staff before Patrick Rowe replaced him. Notably, Green had inched closer to a Test berth with an astonishing ton in the first warm-up game.
India introduce a four-pronged pace attack
Team India's move to field an all-out pace attack paid off well as the speedsters breathed fire with the pink ball. Mohammed Shami remained the pick of India's bowlers, having registered figures of 3/29. The young Navdeep Saini also scalped three wickets toward the day's end. While Bumrah accounted for two, Siraj snapped up a solitary wicket in the form of Nic Maddinson.