BP XI gain moral victory as match ends in a draw

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Hyderabad, Oct 5 (UNI) Australia's vulnerability against spin was well exposed by Board President's XI and the Indian batsmen staked their authority over the rival bowlers as the four-day tour match ended in a draw with the hosts gaining a moral victory here today.

In the morning session, the Board President's XI captain Yuvraj Singh struck a belligerent 113 with seven sixes and as many boundaries, while opener Wasim Jaffer (93) was unlucky to miss out on a well deserved century to pile up 292 for four and set an improbable victory target of 434 for the Australians.

The visitors finished at 127 for two in 38 overs as captain Ricky Ponting remained unbeaten on 58 and his deputy was at the other end on 36.

Both the Australian batsmen did get some useful scores ahead of the Test series but against the spinners they looked a little vulnerable.

However, Yuvraj took the day's honours and in with Jaffer he 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.

The Indian duo were particularly severe on off-spinner Jason Krejza who gave away 63 runs in his morning session's six overs.

Krejza, who went for 0-123 in the first innings, was hammered for 76 runs in 11 overs in the second innings.

Cameron White, who has been drafted into the Australian Test team after Bryce McGain's injury, could well earn a place in the playing XI as Krejza has been completely ineffective against a second-string Indian team.

Simon Katich (5), who is also in race for a place in the side, failed to make an impression against the Indian spinners, while Matthew Hayden (14) was also out cheaply to Piyush Chawla.

The Board President's XI bowlers have raised serious questions over the Australian team's skills to play on turning tracks and quality spinners.

As many as nine out of 10 Australian wickets were taken by the spinners in the first innings and Chawla claimed added another wicket to his name today taking his match figures to six for 89.


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