Monday, 7 June 2010
India A end on top despite Yorkshire's Best
Yorkshire were bowled out for 219 on the third and final day of their friendly against the touring India A side at Headingley today.
West Indian overseas bowler Tino Best top scored for the White Rose with 40 off 77 balls, including four fours and one six, as the hosts replied to a first day 473-3 declared from the visitors.
Dhawal Kulkarni, 21, was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 5-31 from 20 overs, while slow left-armer Iqbal Abdulla was the only other wicket-taker with 4-42 from 27.2 overs.
Regular captain Andrew Gale and England duo Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad were amongst the spectators as the inexperienced hosts struggled against a disciplined attack. Captain Cheteshwar Pujara used nine bowlers, the only two not to get a bowl were himself and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.
Academy batsman Alex Lees added an encouraging 38 off 102 balls and all-rounder Lee Hodgson 34 off 76 balls, but nobody else made it beyond Charlie Roebuck’s 23. Captain Joe Sayers and David Wainwright both recorded 19.
Yorkshire began the day at 20-2 in the eleventh over, and lost Roebuck caught at fine leg off the bowling of Kulkarni to leave the score at 54-3 at the end of the 25th.
Sayers was the next to go, also caught by Abdulla off Kulkarni, this time in the covers, three overs later. Wainwright was trapped lbw by Abdulla in the first over after lunch, leaving the score at 93-5 in the 40th.
Lees and Hodgson then shared 58 for the sixth wicket in 19 overs before the former was brilliant caught by a diving Pujara, who had run around from mid-on, off Kulkarni.
And when Hodgson went, caught by a substitute at mid-on, to Abdulla, Yorkshire were 165-7 in the 66th.
Wicketkeeper Jordan Lowe was run out by Abdulla shortly afterwards before the same man took advantage of a huge swipe to bowl Best, who had earlier hit Manoj Tiwary for a hefty straight six.
At that stage Yorkshire were 204-9 in the 83rd over, and Yorkshire were bowled out in the 92nd when Moin Ashraf was trapped lbw by Abdulla. Oliver Hannon-Dalby finished on eight not out.
Meanwhile Indian A squad member Saurabh Tiwary, a left-handed batsman who looks remarkably like a long haired MS Dhoni, was informed at lunch time of a maiden call up for the full Indian squad for their forthcoming Asia Cup campaign in Sri Lanka.
DAY TWO REPORT
India A took their first innings to a mammoth 473-3 declared and reduced Yorkshire to 20-2 by the close.
The two men out were Joe Root for 4 and Gary Ballance for a duck, both to Dhawal Kulkarni.
DAY ONE REPORT
A majestic 179 from opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan lit up the opening day of Yorkshire’s three-day friendly against the touring India A side at Headingley today.
Dhawan, a 24 year-old left-hander from Delhi, hit 26 fours and two sixes in a 208-ball effort to help his colleagues reach a commanding 473-3 from 95 overs at close after captain Cheteshwar Pujara had won the toss and elected to bat.
Fellow opener Abhinav Mukund added 91 and Ajinkya Rahane, who is celebrating his 22nd birthday today, finished with 118 off 148 balls against a youthful White Rose eleven including three first-class debutants, Alex Lees, Charlie Roebuck and wicketkeeper Jordan Lowe, who was impressive.
But first team trio Tino Best, Oliver Hannon-Dalby and David Wainwright were amongst those taken to task by Dhawan and company. Wainwright went for 134 runs from his 25 overs.
While birthday boy Rahane’s entertaining knock included 15 fours and a six, it was not quite as eye-catching as Dhawan’s on a good batting track.
Yorkshire, captained by Joe Sayers, will certainly be rueing handing Dhawan, who opened the batting for the Mumbai Indians in the recent IPL final, a life when he was on ten. Roebuck was the culprit at point off the bowling of Hannon-Dalby.
Dhawan later crashed 18 of 19 runs off a Hannon-Dalby over early in the evening session, taking three successive fours, one all run, and a six off the front foot over mid-wicket from four balls.
Yorkshire had to wait until the 43rd over to claim their first wicket when Mukund was caught at point by Lee Hodgson off the bowling of Moin Ashraf to leave the score at 204-1.
Mukund, also a left-hander, had hit 12 fours and a six in his 118-ball stay at the crease.
Dhawan and Rahane then set about a second wicket stand of 141 in 26.1 overs either side of the tea break. Rahane hit Wainwright straight for six and Dhawan hit Hodgson for his first maximum over mid-wicket off the last ball of the afternoon session.
But, after the latter had taken a liking to Hannon-Dalby in the 68th over, he fell in the next when he skied an attempted thump over the top to Gary Ballance running round from point off Hodgson.
Rahane and Pujara then shared a third wicket partnership of 107 in 21 overs before the former edged Best, bowling with the second new ball, to Joe Root at second slip. The Indians were 452-3 after 91.
Pujara also reached a half century off 80 balls with seven boundaries, and finished unbeaten on 55 off 86 with Manish Pandey also at the crease. The Indians’ run rate for the day was a healthy 4.98 per over.