Ashwin claims 4 wkts as Chairman's XI score 214/7

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Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 11:00 [IST]
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CAC XI trail by 55 runs

Canberra, Dec 20: India's R Ashwin claims 4 wickets to reduce hosts to 214/7 at stumps on Day two of the practice match on Tuesday. Ed Cowan's ton helped Chairman's XI to post a decent score as wickets tumbled after Cowan's dismissal.

When it seemed like Cowan's knock will help the hosts to go past India's first innings tally of 269 and secure a lead, India managed to come back as rookie Ashwin claimed 4 wickets for 52 runs dismissing the centurion Cowan (109), Hughes (20), Cooper (38) and Doolan (15) respectively.

Cowan and Cooper put in 69 runs for the 4th wicket before being dismissed by Ashwin. Indian bowlers dominated the third session as they picked up 3 wickets.

Ed Cowan has played an amazing knock, as he scored a beautiful century. His knock included 16 boundaries.It was only Ed Cowan (109) and Cooper (38) who took the responsibility of taking the hosts to a safe position as Usman Khawaja (25) David Warner (2), Hughes (20) left the team in lurch after being dismissed cheaply.

Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli smashed a scintillating 132 from just 171 balls and took India single-handedly to reach 269 from 79.1 overs.

Abhimanyu Mithun performed extremely well to ensure that the selectors do not keep him on sidelines for the first test against Aussies starting on December 26. The Karnataka pacer claimed Warner in his very first over as the home side took the lunch at six for one.

Ashwin the pick of the bowlers on Day Two picked 4 wickets to emerge with magical figures of 14-1-52-4.

Apart from Kohli, other Indian batsmen failed, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who holed out to mid-on after scoring just three runs from 12 balls as Indians were dismissed for 269 about half an hour before lunch.

Earlier, India were bundled for 269 in their first innings. Chairman's XI trail by 55 runs with 3 wickets remaining.

Australian left-arm spinner Jon Holland reaped the maximum reward from the morning session to finish with six for 70, an unlikely hero since pace and swing was expected to cause trouble to the Indians.

Seamer Peter George, impressed one and all by dismissing overnight batsman Rohit Sharma (47) on a mistimed hook at fine leg but not before the young Indian batsman put on 101 runs for the fifth wicket with Kohli.

With another day's play at disposal, Aussies plan to get maximum match practice before the first test, as Indians hope to get accustomed to the bowling conditions well. With doubts about Ishant's fitness increasing every passing day and the remaining bowlers' inexperience looming large Abhimanyu Mithun and R Ashwin's good show would have pepped up the team management, keeping the morale high.


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