Aussies warm up with a draw

Written by Agencies | Jaipur, September 28: | Updated: Sep 28 2008, 20:58pm hrs
Australian bowlers compensated for their batsmen's failure by coming up with an impressive performance to bundle out RCA Centre of Excellence team for a paltry 122 to end two-day practice game to a draw on the second day.

The visitors, who were all out for 218 yesterday, decided to end the match at the fall of the last RCA wicket an hour after lunch interval. The visitors then had practice among the 15-member team instead of continuing with the game.

Ricky Pontings team took just 52.3 overs to bundle out the home team with rookie pacer Dough Bollinger and inexperienced spinner Jason Krezja returning three for nine and three for 35 respectively.

Strike bowler Brett Lee also bowled beautifully to dismiss dangerman and home team captain Venugopal Rao and return with two for 17.

Young fast bowler Peter Siddle and his senior Stuart Clark took one wicket each. Siddle broke the 51-plus run third-wicket partnership between Venugopal and Khoda --- both former India ODI players -- the only notable partnership of the team in the match.

Left arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was wicket-less in his eight overs.

Resuming the day at 38 for two, overnight not out batsmen Khoda and Venugopal were tied down by the Australian bowlers and they added just 15 runs in 10 overs before Lee claimed the home team captain for 20 off a quick and low delivery.