Shardul Thakur, Varun Aaron Keep India A In Hunt At Brisbane
Persistent rain brought a premature end to third day's play in Brisbane when Australia A were batting at 59/4. The hosts require 100 runs more in their chase of 159, while India A need six wickets
- India A were all out for 156 in their 2nd innings
- Australia A were 59/4 at the end of Day 3
- Australia A need 100 more runs to win
The four-day match between Australia A in Brisbane looks poised for a thrilling finish, with the hosts needing 100 more runs to win with six wickets in hand, after rain ended play at tea on Day 3.
Having taken a two-run first-innings lead, India A resumed on 44/2 on the third day and collapsed to 156 all out. Jayant Yadav was the top-scorer for the visitors with 46. Australia A ended the day at 59/4, after Shardul Thakur's two wickets in consecutive balls resulted in a poor start for the hosts. Opener Cameron Bancroft (16) and Beau Webster (6) were at the crease.
Joe Burns was bowled by Thakur on 11 while Travis Dean went very next ball, after being caught by Faiz Fazal at backward point. Varun Aaron then removed Marcus Stoinis for a duck, leaving Australia A reeling at 50/4.
Earlier, India A collapsed to 156 all out with Daniel Worrall (3-43), David Moody (3-64) and Chadd Sayers (3-21) doing bulk of the damage. Manish Pandey, who scored 75 in first innings, lost his wicket to Worrall on 11. Shreyas Iyer, Naman Ojha and Karun Nair soon followed Pandey leaving India A in all sorts of trouble. But a steady knock from No. 8 Jayant ensured that their bowlers had a total to defend.