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Ajinkya Rahane: "Our aim would be to dominate Australia"

In a riposte to Australia captain Steve Smith's jibe that the visitors won't shy away from sledging, India batsman Ajinkya Rahane revealed that the hosts have designed plans for every single player.

"We don't know if they will sledge or not. We have some plans against each of them, I can't discuss that here. Skill wise or sledging wise, there is definitely a plan. We know that Australian players play mind games. Our aim would be to dominate them in every aspect," Rahane told reporters in Pune.

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Shreyas Iyer slams double century before India A rattle Australian top order

Shreyas Iyer slammed an unbeaten double century for India A while Australia spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe performed well with the ball as their three-day practice match ended in a draw at the Brabourne Stadium here on Sunday.

Resuming from where he left off on Saturday, Iyer continued to take on the Australian bowling and remained unbeaten on 202 even as India A were dismissed for 403 in their first innings. Iyer scored at a rapid rate, studding his 210-ball stint with 27 boundaries and seven well-struck sixes.

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Shreyas Iyer gets another dose of Australian sledging

Australians are known to indulge in sledging and India A batsman Shreyas Iyer got a dose of it during the penultimate day of the three-day warm-up match against the visitors on Saturday.

The in-form Iyer was batting on 85 at the close of the second day's play, having put on a 50-run partnership along with Hardik Pandya. India A were on 176/4 at stumps, trailing the visitors' first innings score of 469/7 declared by 293 runs.

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Shreyas Iyer hits back for India A after Marsh and Wade fifties

Half-centuries by Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade coupled with an excellent bowling performance enabled Australians to take the upper hand on the penultimate day of their three-day tie against India A on Saturday.

Resuming their first innings at the overnight 327/5, the visitors rode on strong batting displays by Marsh and Wade before declaring at 469/7.

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Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh smash centuries on Opening Day of Indian Tour

Australia skipper Steve Smith and middle order batsman Shaun Marsh started their cricket tour to the subcontinent on a high, with both striking defiant tons to take the visitors to 327/5 at stumps on the opening day of the three-day practice game against India A at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday.

Put in to bat, Australia lost the opening duo of Matt Renshaw (11) and David Warner (25) early but Smith (107 retired) and Marsh (104 retired) put on 156 runs for the third wicket to deny the home boys any more inroads into the game.

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