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India vs Australia: Tough Day Out for Indian Bowlers in Tour Game Against CA XI

Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets but Cricket Australia XI were on the verge of taking the lead against India in the warm-up match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Cricketnext Staff |November 30, 2018, 12:41 PM IST
India vs Australia: Tough Day Out for Indian Bowlers in Tour Game Against CA XI

Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets but Cricket Australia XI were on the verge of taking the lead against India in the warm-up match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

At stumps on the third day, CA XI were 356 for 6, trailing India by just two runs. Harry Nielsen (56) and Aaron Hardie (69) were in the middle when play ended. D'Arcy Short top scored with 74 while Max Bryant, the other opener, made 62. Shami was the most successful bowler for India with 3 for 67 while Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin got one wicket each.

After India had been bowled out for 358, the Australians got off to a solid start with Short and Bryant adding 114 for the opening wicket. Bryant was the aggressive partner scoring 62 off just 65 balls with nine fours and a six. Bryant got a reprieve earlier when Prithvi Shaw failed to hold on to a chance in the deep off R Ashwin's bowling. Shaw injured his left ankle in the process, and was subsequently ruled out of the first Test against Australia.

Ashwin had Bryant bowled to give the first breakthrough, before Short gloved Shami down the leg side while trying to pull. Jake Carder (38) and captain Sam Whiteman (35) got starts but couldn't convert them. Param Uppal wasted his wicket, falling run out while trying a quick single to mid-on. Shami had Jonathan Merlo cheaply as well, as India struck in the second session.

However, the Indians went wicketless in the final session as Nielsen and Hardie took control. They were involved in an unbroken stand of 122 that kept India at bay.

This is the only warm-up match for India ahead of the first Test, which starts in Adelaide on December 6.

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