CA Chairman’s XI 398/6d (Cooper 182no) v Indians
Tour Match, Canberra
The Indians endured a disappointing opening day to their tour of Australia, seeing the Chairman’s XI rack up 398 for six before declaring at stumps.
The match, a 13-a-side, non-first-class fixture, started well for the tourists as Umesh Yadav dismissed captain Ryan Broad for just eight and Pragyan Ojha removed Joe Burns soon afterwards for 21.
However, it was downhill from that point onwards, as Ishant Sharma went off the field halfway through his sixth over, and Wes Robinson and Tom Cooper shared a soul-destroying stand of 226 for the third wicket. Robinson reached his century first, just after tea, before falling to Ojha for 143, with Cooper posting his soon afterwards prior to closing unbeaten on 182.
Umesh Yadav took a couple wickets late in the day to emerge as the pick of the visiting bowlers with three for 39 from his 15 overs, but against a Chairman’s XI that is composed entirely of players not bought by any of the eight Big Bash franchises the tourists would surely have hoped for better.
Fortunately, a faint glimmer of hope emerged later in the day for the Indians when it was confirmed by a team official that Sharma was only ever meant to bowl six overs in this match and, when his strapping on his troublesome ankle came loose three balls prior to that, it was felt not to be worth sending him back on to the field.
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