Yuvraj, Jaffer flay Australians

Hyderabad, October 5:

Test rejects Yuvraj Singh and Wasim Jaffer enhanced their claims for an India comeback by pounding Australia’s bowlers in a practice match on Sunday.

Yuvraj struck a belligerent 113 with seven sixes and as many boundaries while Jaffer hit 93 for the Indian Board President’s XI on the final day of the four-day match here. The hosts piled up 292-4 in their second innings before skipper Yuvraj declared 50 minutes after lunch to set the tourists a victory target of 434 in a minimum of 53 overs.

Australia used the time to get in valuable batting practice ahead of the first Test in Bangalore from Thursday, making 127-2 before the match was called off as a draw after 38 overs. Skipper Ricky Ponting followed his 41 in the first innings with an unbeaten 58. Vice-captain Michael Clarke made 36 not not, sharing a third wicket stand of 75 with Ponting.

The tourists were embarrassed by India’s second string over the four days, first allowing the hosts to pile up 455 in the first innings before being bowled out for 314.

The reliable Mike Hussey’s gritty 126 on Saturday was the lone bright spot for the world’s number one side. Yuvraj and Jaffer vented their frustration on the hapless bowlers. The pair put on 200 for the third wicket as the home team, resuming at 110-2 with an overall lead of 251 runs, hammered 130 runs in the two-hour morning session.