Australia trail BP XI by 264 runs

Piyush Chawla laid bare Australia's utter discomfiture against quality spin and the gingerly visitors fumbled and faltered their way to 191 for four.

updated: October 06, 2008 10:13 IST
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Piyush Chawla laid bare Australia's utter discomfiture against quality spin and the gingerly visitors fumbled and faltered their way to 191 for four wickets on day two of their warm-up match against Board President's XI on Friday.

The Aussie top-order developed cold feet against Chawla and their free-scoring flair was completely non-existent as they finished the day still 264 behind the 455 runs which Board President's XI had scored in their first essay.

Incidentally, Ricky Ponting's men got at least three LBW reprieves, but for which things could have been even worse.

Michael Hussey (54), one of the beneficiaries of the reprieves, and Brad Haddin (34) were in the middle when stumps were drawn and they have the onerous task of bridging the gap when play resumes on Saturday.

Earlier, Board President's XI added 84 runs to their overnight score of 371 for six before folding. Both overnight batsmen Parthiv Patel (62) and Irfan Pathan (56) duly completed their half-centuries before the side lost last three wickets over a 10-ball span to be 455 all out in their first essay.

Matthew Hayden (20) led Australia's riposte but was lucky to get a reprieve when umpire Shavir Tarapore turned down Manpreet Gony's appeal for what looked like a plumb leg before dismissal.

Hayden responded by hitting two boundaries off a Pathan over before poking at one and the left-arm seamer was ecstatic, having the last laugh in his duel against him.

Simon Katich (15) similarly benefited from the doubt in umpire Amish Saheba's mind but he could make the most of the opportunity and fell to Pragyan Ojha.

Operating in tandem, the spinners stifled the visitors and Piyush Chawla (2/46) did everything to make life miserable for a clueless Ricky Ponting.

Ponting stepped out twice to hit Ojha over long on ropes and breathe easy but Chawla ensured he did not bloom further.

The leggie bamboozled him with a googly that crashed through Ponting's gate to rattle his timbers at the stroke of tea. Chawla went on to scalp Ponting's deputy as well, trapping Michael Clarke (18) on the other side of the break.

For them, the welcome grit came from Hussey and Haddin who gamely hung around. Hussey's unbeaten 54 came off 136 balls with seven hits to the fence and a six.

Earlier, with 371 runs behind them and four wickets still in hand, the Indian tail wagged merrily before suddenly collapsing in a heap soon after the new ball was taken.

Stranded one run short of half century, Parthiv Patel (62) duel reached the mark but departed dragging a Peter Siddle delivery onto his stumps.

Irfan Pathan (56) at the other end lived dangerously. At least thrice he inside edged and on all three occasions, it reached the ropes. Three boundaries off a Brett Lee over took him near the fifty mark and he celebrated by hitting Stuart Clarke past mid-on.

The new ball was taken soon and Clarke removed Pathan and Ojha (0) with the first and last deliveries of the 108th over and then Johnson removed Chawla (24) to halt the progress of the local favourites.

For Australia, Mitchell Johnson was the most successful bowler, picking four for 75, while Stuart Clark, who triggered the late collapse with the new ball, scalped three for 67 runs.