Left-arm orthodox spinner Jon Holland produced a brilliant spell of 6/81 as Australia A defeated India A by 98 runs in the first of two four-day games at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Bengaluru. Also Read - Mayank Agarwal Has Learnt a Lot From The New Zealand Tour: Ashish Nehra
Resuming their second innings at 63/2 in their chase of 262 on the fourth day on Wednesday, India lost wickets at regular intervals before being bowled out for 163. Mayank Agarwal was the lone batsman who could stay at the crease and played a gritty knock of 80. Also Read - Virat Kohli Trolls Mayank Agarwal in Latest Interview, India Skipper's Response Will Make Your Day | WATCH VIDEO
With Srikar Bharat and Krishnappa Gowtham falling for ducks, the scoreboard read 126/6 and Australia A were well on top. Through the chaos at the other end, Agarwal, who had resumed the day at 25, batted brilliantly to go past his half-century.
Holland took nine wickets in the entire match, this surpassing his previous best of 8/68 in red-ball cricket.
This was a brilliant comeback from the visitors who were blown away in the first innings after Mohammed Siraj claimed his career-best figures of 8/59 to restrict Australia A to 243 in their first innings. After keeping India to just 274, Australia A played very responsibly on a wearing surface in their second innings to score 292, thanks largely to Travis Head’s fighting 87 and meaty lower middle-order contributions, setting India a difficult fourth-innings target.
The second unofficial Test between the two sides will be played at the KSCA Cricket Ground in Alur from September 8.