Australia A clinch 7-run win over India A in second tri-series encounter

Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 79-ball 145 for Australia A to set up a challenging target for India A © Getty Images

Aug 8, 2013
 
A late India A collapse saw Australia A seize a 7-run victory in the one-day match of the tri-series tournament in Pretoria on Thursday. Glenn Maxwell’s blazing innings of 145 runs from 79 balls had helped the team to post a challenging target of 298 runs.
 
India A batsmen showed great determination to forge crucial partnerships but three quick wickets in a space of three overs and four runs towards the end saw the Australians clinch the encounter. After the successful Zimbabwe tour, a lot of players from the young team had their eyes set on making a mark in this tri-series.
 
The confident opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan yet again got their team to a good start with a 47-run opening stand. Dhawan was the first to depart for 15 being dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile. Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara too couldn’t play a long innings and departed for 29.
 
Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma then forged a 58-run partnership before Sharma was run-out for 66. Raina was aggressive on the other end. Ambati Rayudu who had a sparkling debut during the Zimbabwe tour boosted the score along with Raina with an 85-run stand in just over 12 overs.
 
Raina departed for 83. Rayudu then along with Dinesh Karthik looked in complete control of the chase until the hara-kiri towards the end saw the match slip away from India. With 39 required in the last five overs Rayudu hit 16 runs in the 46th over to keep the required run-rate in check.
 
Karthik was dismissed in the 48th over for 10 runs. At that moment India needed 16 runs in the remaining 2 overs. However, Coulter-Nile struck crucial blows in the penultimate over removing a well-set Rayudu for 70 and Stuart Binny for a duck and more significantly bowled a maiden. With no recognised batsman remaining to hit 16 in the last over, Australia looked set to clinch the match which they did comfortably conceding just eight off the last six balls.
 
Coulter-Nile was pick of the bowlers picking three for 37.
 
Earlier, Australia A innings looked in complete disarray as they were reeling at 152 for eight in the 37th over. But Maxwell’s hurricane innings took Australia A to their eventual total. Nic Maddinson was the only other valuable contributor with 52 from 56 balls.
 
Brief scores
 
Australia A 298 for 8 in 50 overs ( Glenn Maxwell 145*, Nic Maddinson 52; Shahbaz Nadeem 2 for 42, Shami Ahmed 2 for 51) beat India A 291 for 8 in 50 overs (Suresh Raina 83, Ambati Rayudu 70; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3 for 37) by 7 runs.