ACT defy IndiansArchie Mac |
The Canberra Comets continue to punch above their weight, finishing at 292-8, just 33 runs behind their more fancied opponents.
Resuming at 10-0 the Comets were starting to struggle at 100-4 with the dismissal of WA batsman Chris Rogers trapped in front by Harbhajan Singh for a well made 60. Rogers had looked in fine form after Ishant Sharma had taken the first three wickets, including Mark Higgs for just one.
Local batsman John Rogers looked at ease and took over from his namesake (no relation) and steadily accumulated his runs in a artisan like fashion, finding good support from Randall Starr and Wicket Keeper James Crostthwaite both with 27, before he fell just two runs short of his hundred (269-7).
The Indian ground fielding continued to look sub par as compared to that of the ACT team; with the visitors seeming almost uninterested in the game at times.
Although the match seems destined for a draw, the Comets have done their claims for future representative games no harm with this very strong performance.
India 9 dec. 325
Wasim Jaffer 92, Rahul Dravid 62
Luke Swards 3-45, Ash Perera 2-40
Canberra Comets 292-8
John Rogers 98, Chris Rogers 60
Ishant Sharma 3-26, RP Singh 2-16