India will seek to win their first game in three attempts in the ti-series against Australia A © Getty Images
India will seek to win their first game in three attempts in the tri-series against Australia A © Getty Images

The all-important final of the triangular series is here, and it will be the best time for India A to score their first win over Australia A in three matches. Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the final of the A-team triangular series in Chennai. The other team in the competition, South Africa A, lost out on the chance to displace the hosts for a spot in the final with a 34-run loss to them in a high-scoring encounter on Thursday. Quinton de Kock, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman, scored a century to bring his team close to the 371 for 3 scored by India, and with two centuries in two participated games, de Kock is now the third-highest run-getter in the competition, marginally behind second-placed Joe Burns. Mayank Agarwal, the India A opener, leads the list with 377 runs in four innings, with two centuries and a fifty, and much will be expected from him and the rest of India A’s batting order to win the final. Australia A, on the other hand, have been undefeated so far: their spinners have looked more potent than their Indian counterparts.

Indian spinners laid the base for the win, and despite the mess created by India’s middle-order, Gurkeeat Singh played a match-winning knock structured nicely, to help India clinch the tri-series title win. Australia have dominated the tournament, and have defeated India comfortably in the two times the two teams have met in the event. Gurkeerat is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 87, and the Man of the Tournament is Mayank Agarwal for his 377 runs in five matches in the series. To access more about the match, read out match report here.

Live Cricket Score India A 229/6 | Overs 43.3: That’s the win! After some staid batting, Gurkeerat smashes leg-spinner Adam Zampa for a four and two sixes, one after the other, to get the title win for India A. He finished unbeaten with an 85-ball 87, as India A got to the win in the 44th over. Sanju Samson was the quiet partner at the other end, with an unbeaten knock of 24 off 42 balls. The partnership is worth 87 in 15 overs.

Live Cricket Score India A 208/6 | Overs 42: Gurkeerat seems to be lifting India A from a position of downfall to take them closer to the target. He has found a stable partner in Sanju Samson, and the duo are intent to work the bowling around, as the required run-rate is not uch of a factor. The occasional boundary has helped India A sustain a run-rate of slightly below 5. Batting: Gurkeerat Singh 68 (79), Sanju Samson 23 (39)

Live Cricket Score India A 166/6 | Overs 34: Gurkeerat Singh has impressed with his staid batting, and three straight drives off fast bowlers, as he nears a fifty and looks to steer India A towards the target. Sanju Samson, the man who replaced Akshar Patel in the middle, has been quiet, having played a maiden from Nathan Coulter-Nile. The task is still achievable, but a wicket or two can hurt the endeavour. Batting: Gurkeerat Singh 41 (54), Sanju Samson 4 (15)

Live Cricket Score India A 149/6 | Overs 30: Akshar Patel, after scoring a 20-ball 16, tried to pull off an attacking pull shot, gained only a top edge, which landed in the hands of Usman Khawaja at midwicket. Gurkeerat Singh has worked around the bowlers for singles, in his significant knock. India A just need to bat through the overs to get to the target. Batting: Gurkeerat Singh 31 (41), Sanju Samson 1 (4)

OUT! Akshar Patel c Khawaja b Sandhu 16 (21)

Live Cricket Score India A 125/5 | Overs 25: Kedar Jadhav, who was looking confident in the crease, is now also out. He deposited legspinner Adam Zampa to the hands of Callum Ferguson at deep square leg for 29. Half of India A’s side is out. Batting:Akshar Patel 10 (11), Gurkeerat Singh 16 (28)

Live Cricket Score India A 102/4 | Overs 20: Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar has claimed another wicket, that of the potent Manish Pandey, who is struck on the pads by a faster ball fom the bowler. But Kedar Jadhav, the No. 5, has led India A’s counterattack with five fours, and has been building a partnership with No. 6 Gurkeerat Singh. Batting: Kedar Jadhav 28 (33), Gurkeerat Singh 4 (10)

OUT! Manish Pandey lbw b Agar 9 (19)

Live Cricket Score India A 68/3 | Overs 12: India A have been pegged back with the wickets of Unmukt Chand and Karun Nair, who scored a duck. While Chand chipped left-arm spinner Ashton Agar straight to cover, Nair was undone by a good length delivery going though him, which was adjudged caught behind off the inside edge. After receiving some punishment from the Indian openers, Coulter-Nile is happy to claim a wicket. Batting: Manish Pandey 5 (10), Kedar Jadhav 3 (4)

OUT! Karun Nair c Wade b Coulter-Nile 0 (2)

OUT! Unmukt Chand c Burns b Agar 24 (27)

Live Cricket Score India A 60/1 | Overs 9: WICKET! Only a run-out could have ended Agarwal’s rampage, and that happened in bizarre circumstances. To avoid a throw striking him on the body, he took a leap as he approached the crease, and although he was in by far when the wickets were broken by the direct hit, he was in the air! Earlier, he conjured an audacious, effortless six straight down the ground off Coulter-Nile, lofting a cover-drive for a six through mid-off. On the next ball, he went down on his knee to smash the bowler, but mistimed the ball to third man. Unmukt Chand, in the same over, upper cut the bowler for an effortless boundary. Sandhu was lofted for a boudary off the last ball to spoil his over, which had three scored off it before the big hit. Chand, in the eighth over, pulled a shortish ball from Sandhu to deep square leg for a stylish six, before the wicket fell. Batting:Unmukt Chand 23 (22), Manish Pandey 0 (2)

OUT! Mayank Agarwal run out 32 (29)

Live Cricket Score India A 29/0 | Overs 5: The batsmen have played two casual pretty drives in the third over of the innings, off James Pattinson, one through extra cover, and the other past the bowler. Mayank Agarwal went down on his knee to square drive Nathan Coulter-Nile to point, in the next. Coulter-Nile, in response, bowled short to him for the rest of the over. Batting:Unmukt Chand 6 (6), Mayank Agarwal 20 (24)

Live Cricket Score India A 6/0 | Overs 1: James Pattinson, the fast bowler, has started off with two wides, and a four scored off him. Agarwal cut him behind point for India A’s first boundary.  Batting:Unmukt Chand 0 (0), Mayank Agarwal 4 (6)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 226/9 | Overs 50: Ashton Agar is the latest batsman to try to deposit the spinners for a six, as he lofts Patel to long-on, but straight into the hands of the fielder. The eighth wicket added 13 in four overs, but Nathan Coulter-Nile was caught and bowled by Patel for the eighth wicket to fall in the 48th over. Patel caught out James Pattinson, who was going for a big hit, in the final over, to participate in the ninth wicket dismissal as well.  Batting: Adam Zampa 15 (22), Gurinder Sandhu 0 (0)

OUT! James Pattinson c Patel b Kulkarni 11 (9)

OUT! Nathan Coulter-Nile c & b Patel 5 (13)

OUT! Ashton Agar c Nair b Patel 15 (25)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 191/6 | Overs 42: WICKET! Caught in the deep again. Callum Ferguson tries to flick Gurkeerat Singh out of the boundary, but is caught in the deep midwicket boundary by Mayank Agarwal. Agar and Ferguson had till then put on 26 in 7.2 overs. There were pushes, cuts and defences. Batting: Ashton Agar 13 (21), Adam Zampa 0 (0)

OUT! Callum Ferguson c Agarwal b Gurkeerat Singh 21 (41)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 166/5 | Overs 35: Two more wickets have fallen, including that of the set Usman Khawaja, who lofted legspinner Sharma to Sandeep Sharma, the bowler who had conceded five fours in two overs to him, at deep mid-off. The next man in, Matthew Wade, took a stride forward and attempted a defensive strike against the spinner Sharma, but was adjudged lbw as the ball struck his pads. Batting: Callum Ferguson 10 (19), Ashton Agar 1 (1)

OUT! Matthew Wade lbw b Sharma 1 (4)

OUT! Usman Khawaja c Sandeep Sharma b Sharma 76 (88)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 152/3 | Overs 30: Two more wickets have fallen, both soft dismissals. Travis Head stepped down the track to work legspinner Karn Sharma to mid-on, but ended up giving a catch to that fielder. Then, in the penultimat ball of the 30th over, Chris Lynn, the No. 4 batsman, flicked Karun Nair to the square leg  fielder to depart for 5 off 14 balls. Batting: Usman Khawaja 72 (81), Travis Head 4 (1)

OUT! Chris Lynn c Pandey b Nair 5 (14)

OUT! Travis Head c Chand b Sharma 20 (38)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 137/1 | Overs 26: Khawaja has got to his fifty, with a loft to long-off for two. He has played a confident innings, and has looked comfortable against the spinners. The 22nd over, with a triple and a two, has gone for eight runs, and the 25th over, too, with a four off legspinner Karn Sharma, who was bowling his first over. Batting: Usman Khawaja 67 (73), Travis Head 20 (37)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 106/1 | Overs 20: Runs are coming in trickles now, with spinners Karun Nair and Gurkeerat Singh bowling. The fielders are also spread out, making the batsmen pushing the balls to the deep-set fielders for singles. This is after the wicket of Burns, who waited in his crease to work Gurkeerat to the leg side, but ended up chipping a simple catch back to the bowler. His partnership of 82 with Khawaja is the worst of the duo in the three games in the tournament they have opened together. Batting: Usman Khawaja 47 (54), Travis Head 11 (21)

OUT! Joe Burns c and b Gurkeerat Singh 41 (46)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 67/0 | Overs 11: Acceleration has started to become heavy for Australia A. Sandeep Sharma, the fast bowler, was replaced by Gurkeerat Singh, who was punished for nine runs by Burns, who stepped down the track to hit both fours. Sharma, in the sixth over of the innings, was hit for three cracking fours. Akshar Patel is worked around for singles. Batting: Usman Khawaja 33 (27), Joe Burns 32 (39)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 25/0 | Overs 5: Sanju Samson is in the middle of a missed run-out chance and a missed caught behind. Off left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, Joe Burns pushed a ball to cover and set off for a single. Manish Pandey at cover dived and let go of the ball quickly, but a slightly inaccurate throw allowed Usman Khawaja, scrambling to complete the run, to survive. Khawaja edged Sandeep Sharma behind off a widish delivery, but Samson could only get a hand on it with a dive. Khawaja also under-edges a ball from this over between the keeper and first slip. He, amid all this, has scored three boundaries. Batting: Usman Khawaja 11 (10), Joe Burns 12 (20)

Usman Khawaja is back for Australia A. He wins the toss and decides to bat.

India A were thrashed convincingly in the first game of the event, as Burns scored 154 featuring 14 sixes to help Australia A get to 334 for 4, and the hosts folded for 215. In the other game between the sides, Australia A were put through a tougher test, but they emerged winners by three wickets as they chased down 259 in the 49th over. For the first time, Indian spinners had begun to look potent — Karn Sharma got three wickets in a quality spell of leg-spin bowling. Ashton Agar, the Australia A left-arm spinner, is the leading wicket-taker in the competition, with 10 wickets from three matches, including five against India A.