Kohli gets his batting practice, but Australia A sniff win

  • PTI, Chennai
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2015 20:29 IST

With their backs to the wall after conceding a big first innings lead, India A's top-order faltered again to reach 267 for six at the end of third day's play against Australia A in the second unofficial 'Test' on Friday.

Getting behind a 214-run lead, the India A top-order failed to convert starts. Opener Abhinav Mukund (59), Shreyas Iyer (49) and Virat Kohli (45) were a few notable performers in the second innings of the four-day game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The hosts lead by 51 runs in the second innings.

Earlier the visitor's added 20 more runs to their overnight score of 329 for nine before left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (4-107) completed the formalities.

India A fared better than their first outing, when they were shot out for 135 runs.

Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (11) failed to inspire the India A batting after running himself out early, while Kohli worked hard in his 94-ball stay before being cleaned up by a Steve O'Keefe (3-83) turner.

Kohli, India's Test skipper, decided to play this match to ahead of the Sri Lanka tour.

Pujara was to be blamed for his late start from the bowling end while Mukund, who made the call for a run swiftly made ground at the other end.

Karun Nair (31) also departed soon after, scalped by pace spearhead Gurinder Sandhu (1-74) as the Usman Khawaja-led side reduced the hosts to 134 for three.

Mukund and Iyer then stitched a 70-run fourth-wicket partnership to stage some sort of a recovery but Ashton Agar (1-71) broke the crucial stand after plotting the left-handed opener's fall. Iyer followed soon after when O'Keefe got him cleaned up in the very next over.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha (30) then tried to play the rescue act with Baba Aparajith (28 not out) with a 47-run sixth-wicket stand but O'Keefe once again broke through.

Naman Ojha struck a six and three fours in his 44-ball stay before giving a leading edge to Khawaja at slip.

Aparajith and Shreyas Gopal (0 not out) are hanging on as the hosts face a tough final day against a side hungry for a win after a draw in the first game.

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