Australians trail India A by 320 runs

Chennai, Feb 17 (IANS) Manoj Tiwary staked a claim for a Test berth in the national side with a brilliant 129 as India A powered to 451 all out against the Australians on the second day of the practice match at the Guru Nanak College Ground here Sunday.

The visitors in reply were 131 for four and trailed by 320 runs when stumps was called.

India resumed the day at 338 for four. Tiwary became the second centurion in the match after Gautam Gambhir's 112 on day one.

India though made a shaky start as they lost Muralidharen Gautam (38) after adding just eight more runs to the overnight score.

Tiwary and Jalaj Saxena (30) made amends, stringing together a 76-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

But after Tiwary fell with the score at 422, the tail failed to wag and the side were bundled out for 451.

Australians in reply got off to an blistering start with a 116-run partnership for the first wicket between Shane Watson (84) and Ed Cowan (40).

However, the visitors lost four wickets in the space of seven overs to put them on the backfoot.

Rakesh Dhruv and Saxena took two wickets apiece as the Australians ended the day 320 runs behind.

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