India’s young brigade flays Australian attack

Hyderabad, October 3:

Australia got a taste of the perils that lay ahead on the India tour when the hosts’ second string plundered their bowlers in a practice match here on Friday.

The Indian Board President’s XI hammered 455 in their first innings before being dismissed shortly before lunch on the second day of the four-day match.

The Australians struggled to contain the runs on a slow, barren pitch as the home team’s batsmen stroked boundaries freely at Rajiv Gandhi stadium. Promising Rohit Sharma and India under-19 captain Virat Kohli led the way with identical scores of 105 each on the first day.

Test discard Irfan Pathan struck 56 while adding 75 for the seventh wicket with Parthiv Patel (62) and 44 for the eighth with Piyush Chawla (23). The home team, which resumed at 371-6, added another 84 runs on the second morning. Australia’s hopes of finding a suitable spinner following a injury to Bryce McGain were wrecked as fellow debutant Jason Krejza failed to make impression. Mitchell Johnson was the most impressive bowler with 4-75 while Stuart Clark finished with 3-67.