Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan score half-centuries as India A post 243 in tri-series final

Dinesh Karthik scored 73 off just 75 balls, an innings laced with 10 boundaries © AFP

Aug 14, 2013

India A opener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a mind-boggling knock of 248 in the previous encounter against South Africa A, continued his good form with the bat and scored a half-century while, Dinesh Karthik came down the order and chipped in with valuable runs to guide India A to 243.

The day started with early wickets of Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara, but a 108-run stand between Dhawan and Karthik steered India clear of a possible collapse.  However, the partnership was broken in the 24th over. Dhawan (62) played away from his body and edged the ball to Tim Paine and give Moises Henriques his wicket of the game.

Karthik was also dismissed shortly and Australia A pulled things back with successive wickets. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Ambati Rayudu added vital runs before India A was bowled out for 243.
For Australia A, Josh Hazlewood (three wickets) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (three wickets) were the pick of the bowlers, with Moises Henriques (two wickets), Mitchell Marsh (one wicket) and Glenn Maxwell (one wicket) chipping in.

Australia A need 244 runs to win the tri-series.

Brief scores:

India A 243 in 49.2 overs (Dinesh Karthik 73, Shikhar Dhawan 62; Josh Hazlewood 3 for 31, Nathan Coulter-Nile 3 for 35) vs Australia A