Mandeep SIngh scored 95 from 108 balls with the help of 11 fours    AFP
Mandeep SIngh scored 95 from 108 balls with the help of 11 fours AFP

India A take the sweet revenge from Australia A in the final of Quadrangular A-Team One-Day series by beating the hosts comfortably by 57 runs in the final. India A are to credit their bowlers of the win as they set a target of 267, thanks to Mandeep Singh‘s 95 and Manish Pandey‘s 61. It was India A’s spinners who got the better of the hosts, claiming 8 wickets. It was a perfect ending for India A having started the campaign on a horrendous note bundling out for 55. India A came back into the series by registering wins against South Africa A and Cricket Australia’s National Performance Squad (NPS). Yuzvendra Chahal bowled beautifully and took 4 wickets troubling the middle order and lower order batsman.

India A’s spinners Chahal, Axar Patel and part-timer Karun Nair wreaked havoc on Australia A batsmen who have been in good form so far in the tournament. Australia A were off to a good start with Cameron Bancroft and Kurtis Patterson keeping the required run-rate under check. After Patterson’s wicket Nick Maddinson, Peter Handscomb and Alex Ross got off to a start and shared partnerships but could not convert them into big scores. But Australia A suffered a batting collapse losing 6 wickets under 26 runs. Dhawal Kulkarni taking the wicket of Ross can be considered as the turning point of the game and a master-class move from Pandey.

Earlier India lost Karun Nair in the second over only. But Shreyas Iyer and Mandeep shared a 81-run partnership to take India A team out of danger. After Iyer’s wicket skipper Manish Pandey shared a 87-run partnership, keeping their wickets intact. Mandeep fell short of 5 runs from his century. After skipper departed for 61, Kedar Jadhav and Axar Patel took India A to a respectable total. Although, only five boundaries were scored in the last 15 overs, Indian batsmen still managed to score over 100 runs.

Brief Scores:

Australia A 209 in 44.5 overs (Peter Handscomb 43, Alex Ross 34; Yuzvendra Chahal 4 for 34, Dhawal Kulkarni 2 for 22) lost to India A 266/4 in 50 overs (Mandeep Singh 95, Manish Pandey 61) by 57 runs.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His Twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)