first_imgIndia A started off strongly but lost four quick wickets for 16 runs as they ended Day 3 against Australia A on 158 for four, still needing 108 runs to avoid the innings defeat.Akhil Herwadkar and Faiz Fazal started off well as they stitched a partnership of 84 runs in 30 overs before Fazal departed for 29 runs. But the Indian innings fell apart as Jon Holland struck thrice and reduced India to 100 for four.India A’s opening partnership ended with a chaotic run out. A throw at the striker’s end missed the stumps before Travis Dean, backing up, hit the other end to catch Fazal short of his ground. (Also read: Pacer Shardul Thakur’s efforts go in vain as Australia A wrest advantage)Fazal had played second fiddle to Herwadkar, contributing 29 off 88 balls with two fours and a six. Thereafter, Holland struck three times.First, Karun Nair was trapped lbw, and then Manish Pandey was caught by Beau Webster, and finally, Naman Ojha was caught by Bird.Herwadkar was dropped twice, first by Nic Maddinson at first slip, and then on 53, when Jackson Bird put down a tough chance at leg slip. The dropped catches apart, Australia A also missed a run out opportunity.Herwadkar and Samson then came together for an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 58. Samson faced 76 balls for his unbeaten 34, while Herwadkar had faced 188 balls and struck six fours and three sixes. At the end of day’s play, Herwadkar was unbeaten on 82 while Sanju Samson was giving him company on 34. (Also read: Hardik Pandya shines as India A struggle on a rain-hit day)advertisementEarlier, Australia A, who began the day on 319 for five in their first innings, piled on 435 for a first-innings lead of 266 runs, with Hilton Cartwright, who was unbeaten on 99 overnight, completing his century.He eventually fell for 117, caught behind off Shardul Thakur, who completed his 10th first-class five-wicket haul and first outside India. He ended with figures of 5 for 101.Brief Scores:India A: 169 & 158/4 (Akhil Herwadkar 82 not out, Sanju Samson 34 not out; Jon Holland 3/59),Australia A: 435 (Hilton Cartwright 117, Nic Maddinson 81; Shardul Thakur 5/101, Jayant Yadav(With PTI inputs)last_img

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