CHENNAI, India - Shane Watson and Ed Cowan made half-centuries on Monday as Australia's three-day tour match against India A ended in a draw and laid bare the tourists' problems with bat and ball.
Australia resumed on 4-131 in their first innings in reply to India A's 451 and were skittled for 235 at Chennai's Guru Nanak College Ground.
The home side's spinners Rakesh Dhurv (5-51) and Jajaj Saxena (4-61) claimed nine wickets between them in Australia's first innings.
Trailing by 216, Australia were forced to bat again as India A skipper Gautam Gambhir enforced the follow-on.
The Watson-led tourists improved in their second dig, reaching 3-195, still behind by 21 runs. Play was called off half an hour early.
Watson top-scored in Australia's first innings with 84 off 87 balls and the Test vice-captain was prominent again in the second dig, hitting 60 from 63 deliveries.
Watson and Cowan (53) added 104 for the first wicket on Monday -- their second century partnership.
Phil Hughes (19) was bowled by Dhurv in the final over before tea in Australia's second innings, as the left-hander produced just 20 runs in two hits in the tourists' only first-class fixture before Friday's first Test.
Usman Khawaja finished on 30 not out with Matthew Wade on 19.
Skipper Michael Clarke (hamstring) and David Warner (thumb) were rested from the three-day game but have been batting in the nets in the past few days.