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Read Match Report here: At 182 for six, it looked tough for India A. But these two changed things around with a cool and composed attitude. Both these batsmen waited till the last five overs to go after the bowling. Dhawan in particular was impressive picking boundaries at critical stages. It was the 46th over which changed things around as Dhawan hit a four and a six. From thereon, it was all easy for India A.
That’s a thumping victory for India A in the final. The middle-order has often bailed the team out of trouble and they have done it once again. Rishi Dhawan kept his cool and saw the team home convincingly. India have successfully chased in five of the six matches this series.
India have still not given this up. Dhawan and Patel are possibly trying to save their wickets till the last five overs. 65 needed in 54 balls. Not a difficult task in the T20 era. But keeping a cool head under pressure is all that matters.
Australian bowlers have kept pegging India back. This time they strike big with the wicket of Jadhav. He tries to go past thirdman and Hughes takes a sharp catch at short thirdman. Clever field position to stall the batsman’s scoring. Tough task from hereon. Akshar Patel has joined Dhawan.
OUT! K Jadhav c Hughes b Cutting 78(73)
Crucial phase for India. A wicket here would derail the intense chase. Important for Jadhav to capitalise on the big innings. Dhawan now, and Akshar Patel to follow are good with the big shots. India need 94 runs in 90 balls.
Big wicket for Australia. Samson has been the most consistent batsman for the team and they have plucked his wicket. Another miscommunication and another run-out. Boyce fields brilliantly to effect the run-out, Samson was miles out.
OUT! S Samson run-out 5(14)
Well-deserved half-century for Tiwary his is his second fifty in he series. Tiwary got to his 50 in 73 balls in the 26th over with a single. However, the partnership is finally broken with Tiwary hooking straight to long-leg off Cutting’s bowling. Meanwhile Jadhav gets to another half-century. India need another 140 runs in 144 deliveries.
OUT! M Tiwary c Richardson b Cutting 50(75)
The pair brought up the fifty partnership in the 20th over. Tiwary in the meanwhile is inching closer a fifty. He has looked impressive with the bat this series. India need another 158 in 162 deliveries. There’s still some batting left for the visitors with Sanju Samson and Rishi Dhawan followed by Akshar Patel.
Tiwary continues his good run and Jadhav has been equally good on the other end. The duo haven’t allowed the required rate to climb on them. Jadhav has been more aggressive of the two scoring at more than run-a-ball.
Breakthrough for Australia. Ben Cutting beats the bat of Ambati Rayud and the umpire adjudges him leg-before. Rayudu is unhappy but he has to go.
OUT! A Rayudu lbw Cutting 7(16)
When things go well, run-out is the last thing you need to stall the momentum. Manan Vohra is run out brilliantly by Richardson. Within no time even Uthappa is walking back. In the fifth over, Uthappa is caught by Nevill. Ambati Rayudu and Manoj Tiwary are the new batsmen to the crease.
OUT! M Vohra run-out 8(!2), R Uthappa c Neville b Richardson 12(8)
A brisk start from India A. You can always expect that when a batsman like Robin Uthappa is opening the innings. But the innings started off with five wides from Kane Richardson. Uthppa hits the first boundary of the innings with a punch through covers off Clint McKay. India are going at over eight an over. But it’s still early days.
Some late onslaught from Ben Cutting with 35 from 21 balls has helped Australia A claw back to post 274. But they will still be ruing themselves for missing out on a 300 on this track especially after the start they got. India A bowlers did well to peg them back by drying up runs and picking wickets.
A fine innings comes to an end. India A bowlers have down superbly to keep the run flow in check. Mohit Sharma and Karn Sharma conceded only two in their respective last overs.
OUT! C White c Rayudu b Kulkarni137(150)
First wicket for Akshar Patel. Alex Doolan tries to chip one over mid-off and ends up giving a simple catch. Australia still have the wickets to fire in the last nine overs and more significantly, White is still firm at the crease.
OUT! A Doolan c Tiwary b Patel 24(35)
Doolan is playing the waiting game allowing his skipper White to go at the Indian bowling. Both spinners Akshar Patel and Karn Sharma have failed to tie down but at the same time haven’t leaked runs either. Akshar has been more effective of the two with 29 in seven overs while Karna has given 37 in seven overs.
A solid start for Australia but they will be looking to up the ante here. After the double ton against South Africa A, Hughes has a half-century to his kitty. But the key batsman here is Cameron White on 85.
Steady start for Australia A.
50 for Cameron White.
Australia A 123/0 | Overs 22
Australia A reached 100 in the 20th over. Solid start by them.
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The news is that Australia A have won the toss and will bat. Four changes to the team that lost to India A on Thursday. Stoinis, Cooper, Cummins and Sandhu are out. In comes Callum Ferguson, Moises Henriques, Mitch Marsh and Kane Richardson.
For India, they’ve made two changes, Parvez Rasool and Rahul Shukla are out, in comes Rishi Dhawan and Karan Sharma.
Australia A: Cameron White (c), Phillip Hughes, Alex Doolan, Callum Ferguson, Moises Henriques, Mitch Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Ben Cutting, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Clint McKay.