Jasprit Bumrah smashed his maiden first-class half-century in the ongoing practice match against Australia A at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. India was in trouble at one stage after losing nine wickets for just 123 runs on the board but Bumrah along with Mohammed Siraj put on a 71-run stand for the final wicket to lift the team total to 194. When the visitors’ innings ended, Bumrah received a ‘guard of honor’ from his teammates as he made his way back to the dressing room.
n the second practice game, which is being played with the pink ball, Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and opted to bat in Sydney.
India got off to a poor start as they lost Mayank Agarwal in the third over.
Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill then put on 63 runs for the second wicket.
Shaw smashed 40 runs off just 29 deliveries in an innings studded with eight boundaries.
The middle-order failed to get going against the swinging pink ball as Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant all fell for single-digit scores.
Bumrah saved the day with the bat, remaining unbeaten on 55. He smashed six boundaries and a couple of maximums.
Bumrah also picked up a wicket in his first over on Day 1 of the second practice game.
Australia A was 36-1 in 10.4 overs before rain stopped play in Sydney. They still trail India by 158 runs.