By CricketCountry Staff
Canberra: Dec 16, 2011
Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid revived India with their 71–run stand for the second wicket after Jake Harberfield jolted India early in their two-day warm-up match at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. India reached 94 for two at lunch with Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar at the crease.
In reply to Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI’s 398 for six declared, India made a poor start losing opener Ajinkya Rahane in the second over of their innings. Rahane, who faced nine balls and scored three runs, was caught by Cameron Boyce off Harberfield.
Gambhir and Dravid then joined forces to bail India out of trouble with their 71–run stand.
Gambhir failed to convert a good start into a big score, as he was dismissed by Glenn Maxwell for 35.
The left-handed opening batsman hit six boundaries during his stay and faced 63 deliveries.
Dravid remained unbeaten on 37, which came from 74 balls and including seven boundaries.
Tendulkar is batting on 13 off 29 balls.
Earlier, Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI declared their first innings at 398 for six against India. Tom Cooper scored a fine unbeaten 182 and Wes Robinson scored 143.
Brief Scores: Cricket Australia Chairman's XI 398 for 6 dec (Tom Cooper 182*, Wes Robinson 143; Umesh Yadav 3 for 39, Pragyan Ojha 2 for 149) lead India 94 for 2 (Rahul Dravid 37*, Gautam Gambhir 35, Sachin Tendulkar 13*; Glenn Maxwell 1 for 15, Jake Harberfield 1 for 27) by 304 runs.