In the end, it turned out that Australia were comfortable on an Indian pitch. There was lot of talk and speculation about Australians not doing well on Indian pitches. But they did do well on an Indian pitch on Friday. They not only did well, they only gave India A three wickets in 90 overs.
The first day of the warm-up game between India ‘A’ and Australia was dominated by the visitors as they ended it on 327 for the loss of three wickets. Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh were retired hurt after scoring centuries each. Smith scored 107 runs while Marsh made 104 runs. Both were unbeaten but gave chance to other batsmen and retire hurt.
After winning the toss, India ‘A’ captain Hardik Pandya elected to bowl at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai. The decision did not prove to be right as David Warner began with an aggressive mindset and cracked five fours. Australia were 30 for no loss after 5 overs.
While Ashok Dinda and Pandya failed to stop runs or take wickets early on, first bowling change Navdeep Saini turned things around. He first dismissed Warner and later dismissed other opener Matt Renshaw to reduce Australia to 55 for 2 in the 17th over.
That is when Smith and Marsh joined hand and took Australia to 81 for 2 at Lunch. The pair resumed from where they left off in the second session and scored some quick runs. Not only the two managed to score easy runs, they never let the bowlers dominate proceedings.
Navdeep, who removed the two openers, went off the field after bowling four balls into his 13th over. Dinda finished his over.
Just before Tea, Smith smashed a boundary and then took three runs to complete his century off 154 balls. Marsh had just completed his half-century before that.
Australia were 211 for 2 at Tea with Marsh and Smith adding 130 runs in that session. They added 156 runs for the third wicket for Australia.
Smith decided to retire-hurt mid session and Peter Handscomb joined Marsh in the middle. Marsh also completed his century and decided to retire-hurt immediately for 104.
Australia were then led by Handscomb before he also fell for 45. That was the third wicket for India ‘A’ and the first after conceding 250 runs.
Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade were the unbeaten batsmen for Australia at stumps.