Aussies fall to Chawla

Hyderabad, October 4:

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla wrecked Australia’s batting with 5-89 as India’s second string took charge of the four-day practice match here today.

The tourists, replying to the Indian Board President’s XI total of 455, were bowled out for 314 in their first innings before tea on the third day.

The hosts were 110-2 in their second knock at stumps. Test discards Wasim Jaffar (46) and Yuvraj Singh (37) were at the crease, having put on 75 for the unbroken third wicket.

Australia crashed from their overnight score of 191-4 to 218-9 before last man Stuart Clark added 96 runs for the 10th wicket with Mike Hussey, who scored a gritty 126 that contained 14 boundaries and a six.

Clark struck four boundaries and two sixes in a defiant 44 before holing out to mid-wicket against home team captain Yuvraj.

The 19-year-old Chawla and spin partner Pragyan Ojha shared five wickets in the space of 19 runs to slice through Australia’s lower order in dramatic fashion in the morning session.

The hosts slipped to 35-2 by the 13th over in their second innings as Clark trapped Aakash Chopra leg-before and Lee had Subramaniam Badrinath caught behind by Haddin.

Jaffar struck five boundaries in his unbeaten knock, while Yuvraj slammed two sixes off Michael Clarke just before close.