MUMBAI, Feb 18: Shreyas Iyer stroked his way to an unbeaten half-century in an otherwise unimpressive batting display by India �A� in reply to Australia�s first-innings total of 469 for seven declared on the second day of the three-day practice game here.
Iyer, who has been knocking on the doors of the national team over the past couple of seasons with his attacking batting in domestic cricket, could not have chosen a better platform to showcase his talent, smashing 5 sixes and 7 fours in an almost run-a-ball innings to remain unconquered on 85 in a team score of 176 for 4 in 51 overs.
Australians 1st innings: David Warner c Ishan Kishan b Saini 25, Matt Renshaw c Ishan Kishan b Saini 11, Steven Smith retired out 107, Shaun Marrh retired out 104, Peter Handscomb c Panchal b Pandya 45, Mitchell Marsh c sub (B Indrajith) b Nadeem 75, Matthew Wade c Pant b Herwadkar 64, Glenn Maxwell not out 16, Steve O�Keefe not out 8. Extras: (B-5, LB-2, W-1, NB-6) 14. Total: (For 7 wkts dec; 127 overs) 469. Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-55, 3-211, 4-288, 5-305, 6-434, 7-454. Bowling: Ashok Dinda 21.2-1-78-0, Hardik Pandya 22-3-84-1, Navdeep Saini 19.4-7-42-2, Shahbaz Nadeem 33-1-126-1, Akhil Herwadkar 15-0-64-1, Shreyas Iyer 12-0-57-0, Priyank Panchal 4-0-11-0.
India A 1st innings: Akhil Herwadkar c & b Lyon 4, Priyank Panchal c Handscomb b Lyon 36, Shreyas Iyer not out 85, Ankit Bawne lbw b Bird 25, Hardik Pandya c Wade b Bird 19, Rishabh Pant not out 3. Extras: (LB-4) 4. Total: (For 4 wkts; 51 overs) 176. Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-63, 3-120, 4-172. Bowling: Jackson Bird 11-7-15-2, Mitchell Marsh 9-2-26-0, Nathan Lyon 17-3-72-2, Steve O�Keefe 14-1-59-0. � PTI