India inch towards innings-win at Emerging Players Tournament
Townsville: Saurabh Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane and Ashok Menaria scored centuries as India look good to register a comprehensive innings victory over Australian Institute of Sports in the concluding three-day encounter of the Emerging Players Meet being played at Endeavour Park.
After dismissing AIS for 205, almost all the Indian top-order Indian batsmen made substancial contributions as the visitors scored 534 gaining an overall lead of 329 runs. AIS in their second essay were 93 for two still 236 runs required to avoid innings defeat.
After two overnight batsmen Rahane (100) and Menaria (112) reached their individual milestones, Saurabh Tiwary took over sending AIS bowlers on a leather hunt plundering 151 runs from 148 balls with the help of 14 boundaries and seven sixes.
Another in-form batsman Manoj Tiwary also smashed a quickfire 59 with the help of four boundaries and five sixes.
Young Manish Pandey who hasn`t been good form also joined the party scoring 66 off 50 balls with the help of two fours and half dozen sixes. The worst sufferer was Australian Test discard Micahel Beet who gave away 115 runs in his 14-over spell.
Brief Scores: AIS 205 & 93/2 in 33 overs (Ryan Carters 56 batting, Glenn Maxwell 25 batting, Jaidev Unadkat 1/5).
India 534 in 109.5 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 151, Ashok Menaria 112, Ajinkya Rahane 100, Manish Pandey 66, Manoj Tiwary 59).