Tour match: Board XI lead by 251 runs

Published: Saturday, October 4, 2008, 17:55 [IST]
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HusseyHyderabad: Indian Broad President XI lead Australia by 251 runs after 35 overs on day three of the four day practice match in Hyderabad. Board President XI lost two early wickets, having taken a lead of 141 runs at the completion of Australians" first innings. Aakash Chopra (6) and Subramaniam Badrinath (14) were the two batsmen dismissed.

Earlier, Michael Hussey and Stuart Clark added valuable 96 runs in the last wicket partnership that helped Australia to avoid follow on and finish with a total of 314. Micheal Hussey remained unbeaten on 126 while Clarke was dismissed for 44 runs. Hussey showed his team-mates the way to tackle spin on Indian wickets with a gritty 126 that contained 14 boundaries and a six.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla grabbed 5-89 as Australia conceded a 141-run lead against India's second string in a practice match on Saturday.

Clarke, whose batting average from 18 Tests is 11.80, struck four boundaries and two sixes in his defiant 44 before holing out to mid-wicket against home team captain Yuvraj Singh.

Starting the day at 191/4 in reply to BP XI"s imposing first innings score of 455, Brad Haddin was the first man to depart when Patel, off Ojha, stumped him even before he could add to his overnight score of 34.

Jason Krejza"s miserable outing continued with the bat as well after the offie held up a simple catch to Yuvraj Singh of Ojha to depart for a third ball duck.

Lee, Johnson and Siddle too, failed to make any significant contributions with the willow, leaving it to the Clark to offer some resistance to the Board bowlers.


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