Pragyan Ojha took 5 for 85 in Australia A's  first innings © Getty Images
Pragyan Ojha took 5 for 85 in Australia A’s first innings © Getty Images

Chennai: The first of the two four-day first class matches between India A and Australia A ended in a draw at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. The hosts resumed play at 121 for three in the morning, following which they declared at 206 for eight, giving Australia a target of 240 runs. The visitors batted well but ran out of overs and time to finish the day’s play at 161 for four. India resumed play in the morning with Shreyas Iyer (33) and Karun Nair (23) at the crease. The two added a few runs before walking back to the pavilion. Vijay Shankar (15) and Amit Mishra (13 not out) also added a few runs before skipper Cheteshwar Pujara decided to declare the innings and let his bowlers have a go at the Australian batsmen. Updates: India A vs Australia A, 1st unofficial Test at Chennai, Day 4

Australia bowlers had a good outing with pacer Gurinder Sandhu (2 for 27), spinner Steve O’Keefe (2 for 81) and medium pacer Marcus Stoinis (2 for 18) clinching two wickets each. Fast bowler Andrew Fekete (1 for 28) and Travis Head (1 for 20) also chipped in with a wicket each.

In reply, the Australians started well and were cruising at 115 for one with opener Cameron Bancoft (51) and Head (50) striking fluent half-centuries. But three quick wickets of Bancoft, Head and Peter Handscomb (0) slowed the run rate, bringing about the end of the match.

The Australia innings ended with Nic Maddinson (37 not out) and Stoinis (9 not out) at the crease at the close of play. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has been selected in the senior squad for the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka in August, was in the thick of things as he picked two wickets for 49 runs.

Brief scores:

India A 301 (KL Rahul 96, Cheteshwar Pujara 55, Vijay Shankar 51*; Stephen O’Keefe 6 for 82) and 206 for 8 decl. (Abhinav Mukund 40, Cheteshwar Pujara 42; Marcus Stoinis 2 for 18, Gurinder Sandhu 2 for 27) drew against Australia A 268 (Peter Handscomb 91, Marcus Stoinis 77; Pragyan Ojha 5 for 85, Amit Mishra 3 for 55) and 161 for 4 (Cameron Bancoft 51, Travis Head 50; Amit Mishra 2-49).