Bancroft’s 150 overshadows Baba Aparajith five-for as Australia A take lead opposite India A

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India A off-spinner Baba Aparajith struck late with a five-wicket haul, yet it was opener Cameron Bancroft’s strokeful 150 that powered Australia A to a crucial first innings lead on Day 2 of a second four-day unofficial cricket ‘Test’ here today.

Responding to India A’s 135 in a initial innings, Australia A rode on Bancroft’s fourth first-class century to manage 329 for 9 during stumps as a hosts gained a healthy 194-run lead.

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Sharing a 111-run opening partnership with skipper Usman Khawaja (33), Bancroft gave a visitors a plain start as he stitched another essential 107-run fourth wicket mount with Callum Ferguson (54).

But a industrious Indian spinners afterwards done inroads to check a Australian middle-order batsmen from converting starts into bigger scores.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (3-99) and off-spinner Aparajith (5-74) common 8 wickets every to give a hosts some wish during a finish of a day.

The Indian fielding yet was approach subsequent standard as Aparajith and India Test captain Virat Kohli floored dual chances to give Feguson a longer stay during a crease. Ferguson, who was on 14 and 25 went on to register a essential half-century. On both the occasions, Shreyas Gopal (1-69) was a bowler to suffer.

At tighten Stephen O’Keefe (6) and Andrewe Fekete (0) were at a crease.

But Bancroft it was who was a star with a patient 267-ball knock, laced with 16 fours and a six. His preference to play a prolonged innings and to be out as seventh batsman, helped his group to be in a gentle position.

The demeanour in that Bancroft paced adult his innings spoke about his calm while 6 wickets fell during a other end. When a Australians resumed their innings this morning overnight batsmen Bancroft and Khawaja were holding fort.

Ojha’s tough work paid off after he trapped Khawaja LBW, and afterwards claimed dual some-more scalps in his really subsequent over.

Ojha’s dual wickets were Joe Burns (8) and initial innings top-scorer Peter Handscomb, for a blob.

Later Aparajith brokethrough as he discharged Marcus Stoinis (10) and afterwards duped Bancroft, who went on brush and landed an easy locate to Kohli during leg slip.

Egged on by a meagre internal crowd, Aparajith kept adult the momentum and discharged 3 some-more Australians — Matthew Wade (11), Gurinder Sandhu (36) and Ashton Agar (6).

PTI

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