India A were bundled out for 135 runs on the first day of the second unofficial Test match against Australia A at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
Team India Test skipper Virat Kohli was the centre of attraction as he decided to play in the unofficial Test match just ahead of the Sri Lanka tour. But his poor run of form continued as he was dismissed for just 16 runs by Ashton Agar.
Agar said in an interview on Tuesday that his team has a plan against Kohli and he would want to get his wicket in the Test match. To everyone's surprise, he did pick up the wicket of Kohli in the first session of the game.
Earlier, Australia A skipper Usman Khawaja lost the toss and he was asked by Cheteshwar Pujara to field first. India started off slowly as they managed to score only 18 runs in the first 10 overs. Marcus Stoinis drew the first blood when he cleaned up Pujara, who departed after scoring 11 runs. Abhinav Mukund followed him soon as he was dismissed by Steve O'Keefe.
Virat Kohli should have played a sensible innings in the situation but he was caught plum in front of the wicket. Promising youngster Shreyas Iyer departed for a three ball. India were reeling at 56 for the loss of four wickets.
Australia A bowlers were right on the money as they did not give any room to any India A batsmen and kept on picking up their wickets at regular intervals. Karun Nair turned out to be the best batsman of the lot as he scored a gritty half-century before gifting his wicket to Andrew Fekete.
Australia A batsmen came out to bat later in the third session of the day's play and they looked comfortable at the crease. Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft are at the crease and they two will begin the proceedings on Thursday.
India A bowlers will have to pick up wickets early on the second day in order to bounce back in the game.