Faiz Fazal was batting on 34 not out, as Lunch was called (Photo Courtesy – BCCI Twitter handle)
Faiz Fazal was batting on 34 not out, as Lunch was called (Photo Courtesy – BCCI Twitter handle)

India A were off to a cautious start against Australia A in the first unofficial Test that is being played in Brisbane’s Allan Border Field. India A were 65 for no loss at lunch on Day One. Akhil Herwadkar and Faiz Fazal were batting at the crease at 31 and 24 not out respectively. Australia A bowlers Daniel Worrall, Chadd Sayers and David Moody, all bowled really good lines to the batsmen and kept the scoring for them tough. Herwadkar did play a couple of cover drives and got boundaries in that region. In the second hour, spinner Mitchell Swepson was introduced by Australia A captain Peter Handscomb and he started well too, looked in good rhythm. READ: India A’s fairy tale ending in Quadrangular A series: Marks out of 10

Earlier, India A captain Naman Ojha won the toss and elected to bat first. The wicket, it looks like contains a bit of grass.

Meanwhile, India A,coached by Rahul Dravid and captained by Manish Pandey, managed to win the Quadrangular series prior to this series. They beat Australia A in the final by 57 runs. Performances from Yuzvendra Chahal and Mandeep Singh were instrumental in taking them to victory in the final. India A faced South Africa A and Cricket Australia’s National Performance Squad (NPS) among the other teams in the series.

Brief Scores:

India A 65 for 0 (Faiz Fazal 34*, Akhil Herwadkar 31*; Mitch Swepson 0 for 17 ) vs Australia A

India A Playing XI: Akhil Herwadkar, Faiz Fazal, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Naman Ojha (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Jayant Yadav, Varun Aaron , Shahbaz Nadeem

Australia A Playing XI: Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Travis Dean, Peter Handscomb (c), Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Sam Whiteman, Chadd Sayers, Mitch Swepson, Dan Worrall, David Moody