India B batsmen made short work of the 226-run target set by Australia A in the final of the Quadrangular Series played at the  M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Wednesday chasing down the total with nine wickets in hand and 14.3 overs to spare.
India B batsmen made short work of the 226-run target set by Australia A in the final of the Quadrangular Series played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Wednesday chasing down the total with nine wickets in hand and 14.3 overs to spare.

India B batsmen made short work of the 226-run target set by Australia A in the final of the Quadrangular Series played at the  M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Wednesday chasing down the total with nine wickets in hand and 14.3 overs to spare.

Opener Mayank Agarwal continued his terrific List A run with yet another fifty, scoring 69 off 67 while Shubman Gill made 66 off 84 and skipper Manish Pandey hammered 73 off just 54 deliveries.

Opener Ishan Kishan was forced to leave the field retired hurt after being hit on the thumb while batting by a rising delivery from Billy Stanlake. He scored 13 off 15 deliveries. But that did not hurt India’s momentum as Agarwal and Gill combined for 76 runs in just 14.1 overs to put India on track.

After Agarwal’s departure, Pandey stepped on the and along with Gill added 130 runs in just 15.5 overs to lead India B to the title. With his second fifty of the tournament, Pandey finishes as the highest run-getter of the tournament with 306 runs in four innings.

Agarwal is second with 236 runs followed by Ambati Rayudu (187), who represented India A.

For Australia A, off spinner Ashton Agar was the lone wicket-taker when he caslted Agarwal. He returned one for 59 in his ten overs.

After being sent in to bat, Australia A had a good start with openers Short and Usman Khawaja combining for 51 runs in just 8.4 overs before the later was dismissed for 23 by off spinner Jalaj Saxena.

Travis Head, Australia A skipper, was removed for a three-ball duck by Delhi pacer Navdeep Saini. Spinners Saxena, Gopal and Deepak Hooda then stifled the run-scoring with two down batsman Marnus Labuschagne and Ashton Agar struggling to get going.

Labuschagne made 17 off 40 deliveries before Gopal trapped him in front. Agar was caught and bowled by Hooda for 20 (32b).

But Carey grinded it out in the middle scoring a fifty before being Gopal’s second wicket of the day. Handy contributions from the lower order – Jack Wildermuth (10), Michael Neser (10) and Joel Paris (9) – then pushed Australia A’s total to 225 in 47.5 overs.

Pacer Siddharth Kaul returned two for 24 in his five while Saini recorded figures of 8.5-0-33-2.

Hooda’s ten yielded two wickets at the expense of 41 runs while Saxena gave away 43 in his nine with one wicket to show. Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna was expensive giving away 23 runs in his two overs.

Brief Scores: India B 230/1 (Manish Pandey 73*, Mayank Agarwal 69, Shubman Gill 66*; Ashton Agar 1/59) beat Australia A 226 (D Arcy Short 72, Alex Carey 53; Shreyas Gopal 3/50) by nine wickets