Ben Cutting has finished just short of a century in Australia A’s second match against India A in Brisbane.

Australia A quick Ben Cutting continues to push his national allrounder claims, falling just short of a century against India A at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Monday.

At stumps on day two, India A are 3-165, chasing Australia’s earlier total of 423.

Chadd Sayers took all three wickets for Australia with a meticulous bowling spell of 3-22 from 14 overs.

Australia A started the day at 7-288 as Queensland teammates Cutting and Cameron Boyce put on a brisk 133-run stand.

Cutting reached his 50 in 55 balls, while Boyce also raised his bat for a half-century before he mistimed Baba Aparajith and was caught for 57.

Cutting went to lunch unbeaten on 96 having batted Australia A to a handy 8-420, but wasn’t able to add to his score after the break. He was given out leg-before to Umesh Yadav, falling four runs shy of his second first class century.

Yadav claimed his fifth wicket for the match when he bowled Nathan Lyon for one and Australia were all out for 423.

Yadav finished with 5-83 from 29.4 overs.

In reply, Robin Uthappa (10) went early to Sayers, but Lokesh Rahul and Jiwanjot Singh combined for a steady partnership and saw India A to tea at 1-84.

Sayers struck again straight after the break to have Singh caught behind for 29. Rahul notched up his half-century but Sayers broke through his defences, shattering Rahul’s stumps to dismiss him for 52.

Manoj Tiwary (50no) and Baba Aparajith (20no) are the unbeaten batsmen.

The first match between the two teams finished in a draw.