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BP XI v AUS, warm up match, Hyderabad: Yuvraj, Jaffer flay Aussies in drawn India tour cricket match

Indian Test rejects Yuvraj Singh and Wasim Jaffer enhanced their claims for a comeback by pounding Australia's bowlers in a practice match on Sunday.
Left-handed Yuvraj struck a belligerent 113 with seven sixes and as many boundaries while Jaffer hit 93 for the Indian Board President's XI on the final day of the four-day match here. The hosts piled up 292-4 in their second innings before skipper Yuvraj declared 50 minutes after lunch to set the tourists an improbable victory target of 434 in a minimum of 53 overs.
Australia used the time for valuable batting practice ahead of the first Test in Bangalore on Thursday, making 127-2 before the match was called off as a draw after 38 overs. Skipper Ricky Ponting, looking to make amends for a disappointing average of 12 in eight Tests on Indian soil, followed his 41 in the first innings with an unbeaten 58.
Vice-captain Michael Clarke made 36 not not, sharing a third wicket stand of 75 with Ponting after openers Simon Katich and Matthew Hayden had fallen cheaply. The tourists were embarrassed by India's second string over the four days, first allowing the hosts to pile up 455 in the first innings before being bowled out for 314 in reply.
The reliable Mike Hussey's gritty 126 on Saturday was the lone bright spot for the world's number one side, who struggled to cope with a slow, barren pitch. Yuvraj and Jaffer, excluded by the selectors for the first two Tests of the four-match series, vented their frustration on the hapless bowlers.
The pair put on 200 for the third wicket as the home team, resuming at 110-2 with an overall lead of 251 runs, hammered 130 runs in the two-hour morning session. They were particularly severe on rookie off-spinner Jason Krejza, effectively ending the Tasmanian's hopes of playing the first Test by plundering 63 runs from his six overs before lunch. Krejza, who returned figures of 0-123 in the first innings, was hammered for 76 runs in 11 overs in the second.
"Australia will definitely miss a quality spinner in the series," said Yuvraj. "Shane Warne is not there now, so the fast bowlers have a real tough job on their hands. "But it would be foolish to underestimate the Aussies. They always have a plan and will prove to be formidable opponents."
Ponting defended Krejza, 25, who has taken over as the team's number one spinner after leggie Bryce McGain was sent home due to a shoulder injury. "For him it's all a learning curve," said the Australian captain. "There is no doubt he has got the skills and he has got the talent. "But he has just got to work out for himself, and we have got to work out in a pretty short time how we are going to best use him."

BP XI v AUS, warm up match, Hyderabad: Australia recovers from top-order slump in cricket warmup against India

Mike Hussey's unbeaten 54 helped Australia recover from a top-order slump to reach 191-4 at stumps on day two Friday of the warmup game against an Indian Cricket Board President's XI.
Hussey and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (34 not out) steered the tourists out of trouble in an unbroken 63-run fifth-wicket stand that moved them to within 264 runs of the home team's total of 455. The Board President's XI added 84 runs to the overnight total of 371-6, with Parthiv Patel (62) and Irfan Pathan (56) posting half-centuries to frustrate Australia's bowlers, for whom pace bowler Stuart Clarke (3-68) took two wickets Friday.
The other Friday wickets were shared by fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson (4-74) and Peter Siddle (2-64). Australia got off to a bad start as seam bowler Pathan (1-50) had Matthew Hayden (20) caught behind and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (1-44) dismissed the other opener Simon Katich (15).
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (2-46) then snared skipper Ricky Ponting (41) and his deputy Michael Clarke (18), reducing Australia to 128-4 before Hussey and Haddin got together to repair some damage. Hussey struck one six and seven fours in countering the threat posed by spinners Chawla and Ojha, while Haddin's knock contained one six and five fours.

BP XI v AUS, warm up match, Hyderabad: India board batsmen dominate Australia

India Test aspirants Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli slammed centuries Thursday as Australia toiled in the field on day one of its warmup game against the Cricket Board President's XI.
Sharma and Kohli posted identical scores of 105 and shared a 146-run partnership for the fifth wicket that boosted Board President's XI to 371-6 at stumps on the first day of the four-day contest. Sharma struck four sixes and 11 fours from 144 deliveries, while Kohli hit one six and 14 fours off 146 balls.
Batting first after winning the toss, Board President's XI openers Aakash Chopra (25) and Wasim Jaffer (19) added 47 runs before Jaffer pulled pace bowler Stuart Clark straight to Mitchell Johnson at fine-leg. Chopra departed soon after, falling lbw to become the first scalp for Johnson (3-62).
Subramaniam Badrinath then fell lbw to Peter Siddle (1-41) after scoring just two runs. Board President's XI captain Yuvraj Singh appeared in good form as he struck five boundaries in his 47-ball 29, but fell when caught in two minds against a rising delivery from Johnson, edging the ball to Michael Hussey in the slips.
Yuvraj's exit brought Kohli in to join Sharma and the pair dominated the Australian attack, which missed the services of allrounder Shane Watson who had not recovered from a viral infection. Sharma moved from 86 to 98 with two successive sixes against off-spinner Jason Krejza (0-123), whose struggles on day one highlighted Australia's dearth of spin options. Sharma completed his century by driving left-arm spinner Michael Clarke (0-45) to the mid-off fence, before falling as he pulled Johnson straight to Krejza at square-leg.
Kohli also reached his century in style with a cover driven four off pace ace Brett Lee (1-30), who had his revenge soon by trapping the batsman lbw. Parthiv Patel (49 not out) and Irfan Pathan (17 not out) denied Australian bowlers further success and saw the home team through to the close.
The first test starts Oct. 9 in the southern city of Bangalore.

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