Cameron Bancroft scored an unbeaten 58-run knock  © Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft scored an unbeaten 58-run knock © Getty Images

Australia A beat India A by 3 wickets to win the first Test at Brisbane. A resilient 58-run unbeaten knock from Cameron Bancroft, Australia A’s opener steered the hosts to victory at the Allan Border Field on Day Four. With the score reading 59 for 4 at stumps on Day Three, Australia A needed 100 to win the Test. Bancroft, with the help of small but valuable partnerships, with the lower-middle-order guided his side to a 1-0 lead in the series. After rain interruption on Day Three, play did not start as per scheduled due to wet outfield on Day Four. When it resumed, Bancroft started cautiously at first, but then as the pitch got easier to bat on, he kept the scoreboard ticking. READ: Rohit Sharma under scanner as selectors pick squad for New Zealand series

Jayant Yadav started the proceedings for India. Bancroft did survive a close chance when Varun Aaron’s bouncer hit him on his shoulders and missed the stumps by a whisker. The opener was on just 25 then. Aa ron who ended with 2 for 52 in the second innings, along with Shardul Thakur who picked 3 for 52, looked dangerous early on. They used the bouncer to good affect, but later on the batsmen found it easy to manouvre it. READ: India A’s fairy tale ending in Quadrangular A series: Marks out of 10

When Aaron trapped Beau Webster (30) with the first wicket of the day, Australia A ‘s score read 107 for 5. The very first over after tea, Yadav picked up the wicket of Sam Whiteman and then Chadd Sayers was bowled by Thakur’s spot-on yorker. But Bancroft made sure there was no twist in the tale and Australia A reached the target of 159 with ease. READ: India A’s Quadrangular series win: Quietly, Rahul Dravid adds another feather to his cap

 

Meanwhile on Day Three, India A bowlers were right on the money, and the pacers bowled with accuracy and followed good line, length to get early wickets. With Australia A’s wickets falling quickly, it looked like the match would get wrap within three days. And when Thakur took wickets of Joe Burns and Travis Dean, it looked like India A would keep clipping away wickets.

Having taken a two-run first innings lead, India A started Day Three on 44/2 and collapsed to 156 all out, which they eventually managed due to a 46-run knock from Jayant Yadav at No. 8. Thakur’s two wickets in consecutive balls then left the hosts precariously placed at 4 for 59.

While batting under overcast conditions, India lost overnight batsman Manish Pandey in the ninth ball of Day Three. Shreyas Iyer, India A captain Naman Ojha and Karun Nair all followed suit in quick succession, before Jayant, coming in at 90 for six, steadied the ship. Jayant was the last man dismissed, caught off medium-pacer Chadd Sayers in the last ball of the 48th over. He faced 75 balls for his 46 and struck eight fours. For Australia A, Daniel Worrall, David Moody and Chadd Sayers took three wickets each, while legspinner Mitchell Swepson accounted for Thakur.

India A and Australia A will play in the second four-day Test at the Allan Border Field from September 15.

Brief Scores

India A 230 (Manish Pandey 77; Mitchell Swepson 4 for 78) & 156 (Jayant Yadav 46; Chadd Sayers 3 for 21) lost to Australia A 228 (Peter Handscomb 87; Varun Aaron 3 for 40) & 161 for 7 (Cameron Bancroft 58*; Shardul Thakur 3 for 42) lost by three wickets.

(With inputs from PTI)