India A takes command against Australia A
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India A takes command against Australia A

India A have enjoyed a strong third day against Australia A in Alur after wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat's century left the home side 121-runs ahead and within sight of victory in their four-day match.

Australia looked wobbly in reaching 2-38 in their second innings at the close of play after the stoic Bharat hit 12 boundaries and a six on his way to 106 off 186 balls on day three in Bengaluru on Monday.

Trailing: Chris Tremain, Victoria's player of the season last season, took three wickets for Australia A.

Trailing: Chris Tremain, Victoria's player of the season last season, took three wickets for Australia A.

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Kuldeep Yadav, who was sent home following India's recent Test loss to England at Lord's, also managed to find his footing in striking 52 against the visitors.

It took the speed of Chris Tremain (3-41) to dismiss Yadav before spinner Ashton Agar (3-87) sent India's final man Bharat packing.

India A was all out for 505 in reply to Australia A's first innings of 346.

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Australia's Kurtis Patterson and Matt Renshaw were then dismissed cheaply as the tourists began their second innings.

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Patterson (4) was clean bowled by spinner Krishnappa Gowtham in the ninth over, while not long after Renshaw (19) was caught off a spinner from Shahbaz Nadeem.

Travis Head (4) and Peter Hanscomb (1) will have to dig deep when play resumes on Tuesday.

Tremain later explained that Australia had again bowled with some bounce to try to keep the opposition on the defensive, but some Indian players had clearly adapted to the tactic.

"If we push them back we can contain them a little bit easier and if they decide to take it on I think we can contain them on the leg side as well," he told reporters afterwards.

"We saw today Bharat, who tweaked his game from the first game to this one, and it worked for him and it payed dividends."

AAP