Bangalore: Opener Wasim Jaffer did his cause no harm despite falling just short of a century in India's two-day tour game against ACT XI at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Thursday.
Jaffer made 92 in a welcome return to form as India amassed 325/9 before declaring shortly prior to stumps. At the close of play, the home team had reached 0-10.
It was an important innings for the opener as he is under tremendous pressure to retain his spot at the top of the order for the third Test starting in Perth next Wednesday.
The stylish Mumbai batsman was in much better touch against the novice ACT bowlers, hitting eight fours and two sixes.
However his partner Sehwag fluffed his chance to push for Test selection, making just 24 after India won the toss and elected to bat.
The Delhi swashbuckler, considered close to selection for the vexed second Test, began his innings cautiously but played a couple of trademark aggressive shots before falling to seamer Luke Swards, 25, who is yet to play first-class cricket.
Yuvraj, who is going thro' the lean phase, failed to deliver against a lowly attack. He was holed out to Dean at gully off Higgs for 2.
However, Rahul Dravid's tour continued to improve, making a polished 62 off 91 balls.
The veteran batsman was widely criticised for his slow scoring rate in Melbourne but, while also struggling in Sydney, showed his fortunes had turned with scores of 53 and 38.
Luke Swards was the pick of the ACT bowlers with 3 for 45 including the vital scalps of Sehwag and Karthik (25), with the scalps of Sehwag and Karthik amongst his three victims on Thursday, while Ash Perera and Adam Ritchard picked up two wickets each.
Brief Scores (D-1):
India 325 for 9 decl (Jaffer 92, Dravid 62, Dhoni 38, Pathan 33, Karthik 25; Sehwag 24; Swards 3 for 45, Perera 2 for 40, Richard 2 for 71) ACT XI 10/0.