It was a Shreyas Iyer show in the first session of the third days play against Australia. After losing two early wickets Shreyas Iyer and Gowtham powered India A to 417/ 4 at lunch. They did not allow the spinners to hit a length. They played shots at will, Iyer is not out on 166 and Gowtham is on 50+, they have got these runs at a run a ball. O’Keefe got among wickets along with Mitchell Marsh picking a wicket a piece.
his is an important game from the Australian point of view to get ready ahead of the important Test series against India. Australia hoped their batsman get a good run in the middle, most of them did so, barring David Warner. Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh got hundreds to pile on 469 before declaring the innings. The pick of the Indian bowlers was Saini who picked up two wickets and Hardik Pandya had to be satisfied with a solitary wicket.
Earlier, India A started their innings woefully losing Herwadkar early in the piece, Nathan Lyon dismissed both the Indian openers. Shreyas Iyer showed some spine and resistance remaining unbeaten on 85 of just 93 balls, he hit five sixes and gave the Indian innings some respectability. Young Rishabh Pant is giving Iyer company and Hardik Pandya who got out at the end of the days play will be pinning his hopes on the two youngsters to see India to a comfortable position.
Iyer: 166*, Gowtham: 65* India A: 347/6
Nathan Lyon 27 3 153 2 5.67
Jackson Bird 17 8 45 2 2.65