Manish Pandey scored a quickfire 110 from 91 balls © Getty Images
Manish Pandey scored a quickfire 110 from 91 balls © Getty Images

India A lost the 50-over match in a fashion similar to the first T20I against West Indies at Florida. Despite a century from ‘dark horse’ Manish Pandey, the team lost the match by a single run in a last-ball thriller. Manish Pandey rescued India A with a 157-run partnership from 118 balls alongside Sanju Samson. India A were pursuing the chase with 4 wickets down in 27th over going by the run-rate less than 6 runs per over. Sanju Samson scored 87 from 74 balls and stayed their till the last over, he got out on the second last ball. Kane Richardson held onto his nerves in the last over defending 9 runs. Richardson picked up the wicket of set batsman Samson and enforced a runout on last ball to win the match for his side.

Mandeep Singh too scored a half century up the order. Faiz Fazal and Shreyas Iyer got out cheaply putting the side on back-foot while chasing 323. Pandey tried to control the innings but Kedar Jadhav too got out after scoring 20 which added to the pressure on the skipper. The required run-rate was mounting as it reached 8 runs per over.  After a match-changing partnership, Pandey got out in 47th over. Hardik Pandya’s disappointing run continues as he got run out for 2. As Samson got out, all hopes were with Jayant Yadav and Shardul Thakur to win or tire the match but India A fell short of a single run.

Earlier Indian bowling attack was dominated by Kurtis Patterson and Nic Maddinson scoring centuries. They shared a partnership of 227 runs for the second wicket as Marcus Stoinis got out for a duck. A few cameos down the order ensured Australia post a big total- 323 in front of visitors India A.

Brief Scores

India A 321 for 8 in 50 overs (Manish Pandey 110, Sanju Samson 87; Daniel Worrall 2 for 57, Cameron Boyce 2 for 71) lost to Australia A 322 for 6 in 50 overs (Nic Maddinson 118, Kurtis Patterson 115; Shardul Thakur 2 for 50, Hardik Pandya 1 for 51) by 1 run.

(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)