Usman Khawaja hits century for Australia A on Day 1 against India A
A century to Usman Khawaja was the highlight for Australia A on day one of the first four-day match against India A at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Khawaja's 127 from 228 deliveries led the visitors to a total of 243 in 75.3 overs, before India A reached 0-41 in reply from 12 overs before stumps.
Captain Mitch Marsh won the toss and elected to bat, with openers Khawaja and Kurtis Patterson (31) combining for an impressive 78-run opening stand.
But Patterson's wicket was quickly followed by three others around the lunch interval, as Australia A fell to 4-90.
Marnus Labuschagne (60), a late addition to the squad for the first match as injury cover for Queensland teammate Matthew Renshaw, then joined Khawaja for a pivotal 114-run partnership.
When Labuschagne was dismissed, Australia A lost 5-11 to be 9-215, before tail-ender Jon Holland (12 not out) combined with Khawaja, who was the last man to fall.
Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj claimed 8-59 for India A.
Openers Mayank Agarwal (31) and Ravikumar Samarth (10) were unbeaten at stumps.
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Australia A four-day squad: Mitch Marsh (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain.
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