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Aussies warm up with a draw

cricket Updated: Sep 28, 2008 16:41 IST
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Australian bowlers compensated for their batsmen's failure by coming up with an impressive performance to bundle out RCA Centre of Excellence team for a paltry 122 to end two-day practice game to a draw on the second day in Jaipur on Sunday.

The visitors, who were all out for 218 on Saturday, decided to end the match at the fall of the last RCA wicket an hour after lunch interval. The visitors then had practice among the 15-member team instead of continuing with the game.

Ricky Pontings team took just 52.3 overs to bundle out the home team with rookie pacer Dough Bollinger and inexperienced spinner Jason Krezja returning three for nine and three for 35 respectively.

Strike bowler Brett Lee also bowled beautifully to dismiss dangerman and home team captain Venugopal Rao and return with two for 17.

Young fast bowler Peter Siddle and his senior Stuart Clark took one wicket each. Siddle broke the 51-plus run third-wicket partnership between Venugopal and Khoda --- both former India ODI players -- the only notable partnership of the team in the match.

Left arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was wicket-less in his eight overs.

Resuming the day at 38 for two, overnight not out batsmen Khoda and Venugopal were tied down by the Australian bowlers and they added just 15 runs in 10 overs before Lee claimed the home team captain for 20 off a quick and low delivery.

Venugopal had faced 63 balls and hit three boundaries before perishing at team score of 53 for three.

Next over, Khoda was caught by wicket-keeper Brad Haddin off Siddle for 33 and home team was tottering at 57 for four by then.

Rajasthan team then had a brief period of resistance for 14 overs which yielded 25 runs for the fifth wicket before Robin Bist -- the home teams top-scorer -- was out for 34 and with his departure all the hopes any fight back had gone. Bist made a patient 34 after facing 92 balls and hitting four fours.

After that it was procession of Rajasthan players with the next five batsmen adding 40 runs from 77 balls. By lunch interval, taken after 42 overs -- after 31 overs today -- the home team were 97 for seven.

RCA innings folded at 122 less than one hour after the lunch break and after facing 41.3 overs on Sunday. Wicket-keeper Rohit Jhalani and pacer Pankaj Singh were out for duck while Mohan Singh was the not out batsman without scoring.

The visitors, instead of resuming batting, decided to end the game for a draw to have practice among themselves. Captain Ricky Ponting and opener Matthew Hayden -- both of whom were out cheaply -- first padded up to face Lee in the practice.