India A will play two back-to-back tri-series games © Getty Images
India A will play two back-to-back tri-series games © Getty Images

Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the fourth 50-overs match in the ongoing tri-series between India A and Australia A in Chennai. In a tweak of schedule, India A have been asked to participate today in the absence of South Africa A, who are struggling with illnesses related to the heat and food poisoning. They lost against hosts India A on Sunday in an eventually one-sided game, by eight wickets, and in the end struggled to find ten fit fielders from their squad: their video analyst came in as a fielder, and so did Mandeep Singh, India A’s 12th man, who wore the South Africa A jersey of Eddie Leie to field for a few overs after Quinton de Kock left the field. Australia A are a cut above the rest, it seems, in this tournament, as they have won two games out of two in convincing fashion.

Ashton Agar, the left-arm spinner, is adjudged the Man of the Match for his spell of five for 39 that broke the back of India A’s middle order. They meet South Africa A in the same venue on Tuesday. Access the narration of the match, in the match report here. Till Tuesday, it’s goodbye.

Live Cricket Score Australia A 262/7 | Overs 48.3 (Target 259): Although Zampa fell to Sandeep Sharma in a languid manner, his job was done. Australia A clinched the win in the penultimate over, and thereby booked their spot in the final of the ‘A’ team tri-series. Zampa’s seventh wicket stand with Ferguson was the most prolific stand of the day, 80. Batting: Callum Ferguson 38 (52), James Pattinson 0 (0)

OUT! Adam Zampa b Sandeep Sharma 64 (49)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 246/6 | Overs 46 (Target 259): Australia A are closing in on the target as No. 7 Adam Zampa and Callum Ferguson have played sensibly to stitch a meaningful partnership of over 60. They have rotated the strike well, and despite eating up a lot of deliveries, have planned well to achieve the win. With the spinners exhausting their overs, India A are having to resort to bring on their faster bowlers who have been dealt with easily by the two batsmen. There are the boundaries too, hit mainly by Zampa. Batting: Callum Ferguson 38 (52), Adam Zampa 46 (44)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 188/6 | Overs 36 (Target 259):Two quick wickets have fallen: Matthew Wade lunges forward to drive a full delivery from Karn Sharma, and gets bowled, and Ashton Agar gets stumped similarly. Although the required run-rate is a touch above 5, the loss of wickets have given the advantage to India A. Batting: Callum Ferguson 18 (28), Adam Zampa 9 (18)

OUT! Ashton Agar st Samson b Nair 0 (4)

OUT! Matthew Wade b Sharma 5 (14)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 161/4 | Overs 30 (Target 259): WICKET! The set Chris Lynn, who was steering the chase of 259 responsibly, has fallen to left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, who gets him bowled, played on. An over earlier, Peter Handscomb departed, caught in the deep by Mayank Agarwal off Karn Sharma. Although Australia A need only about 100 runs with 20 overs remaining, the arrival of two new batsmen will boost the home side. Batting: Callum Ferguson 5 (13), Matthew Wade 1 (6)

OUT! Peter Handscomb c Agarwal b Sharma 19 (35)

OUT! Chris Lynn b Patel 63 (61)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 111/2 | Overs 20 (Target 259): Only singles have been scored since the second wicket, and Rishi Dhawan drops a catch. It was a miscued slog that caught the outside edge of the bat and ballooned to point. Dhawan juggles once and has the ball falling to the ground. Batting: Peter Handscomb 10 (17), Chris Lynn 30 (36)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 96/2 | Overs 16 (Target 259): Usman Khawaja has been dismissed, caught behind off Rishi Dhawan after a testing period of playing and missing by the batsman. Legspinner Karn Sharma took the second wicket, getting Travis Head bowled. Between the dismissals, however, Australia had been at ease against the host bowlers. Head and Chris Lynn put up a stand of 36 in 6.4 overs. Head hit the intermittent fours, and Lynn hit two sixes. Batting: Peter Handscomb 1 (3), Chris Lynn 24 (26)

OUT! Travis Head b Sharma 45 (43)

OUT! Usman Khawaja c Samson b Dhawan 18 (23)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 42/0 | Overs 5 (Target 259): Cut shot by Usman Khawaja off Dhawal Kulkarni in the third over, and then a swipe to midwicket boundary from outside off stump. Head plays a delightful square drive, more a push, to dissect the gully and point fielders for an effortless four. Sandeep Sharma gets Head to pull a short ball to deep fine leg, who cannot get to the ball before it bounces in front of him. Batting: Usman Khawaja 13 (12), Travis Head 27 (19)

Live Cricket Score Australia A 19/0 | Overs 2 (Target 259): The Australia A openers, Usman Khawaja and Travis Head, walk out to bat to start their team’s chase of 259. Dhawal Kulkarni drifts on to the pads of Head on the second ball of the innings. Head, the next over, slashes had outside off stump in the next over to get Australia A’s second four, behind the slips, and then smashes through extra cover, and finally, cuts for a one-bounce four over backward point. The bowler is Sandeep Sharma. Batting: Usman Khawaja 1 (2), Travis Head 13 (7)

Live Cricket Score India A 258/9 | Overs 50: Pandey, after hitting two fous and two sixes, reached his fifty off 36 balls, but perished trying to attack Gurinder Sandhu in the 45th over. Rishi Dhawan held India A’s batting after that, with some singles and doubles but also the occasional four. Dhawan scored 26 off 23 balls, with two fours. Not Out: Rishi Dhawan 26 (23), Sandeep Sharma 3 (6)

OUT! Karn Sharma c Wade b Sandhu 18 (28)

OUT! Manish Pandey c Head b Sandhu 50 (38)

OUT! Dhawal Kulkarni run out 8 (11)

Live Cricket Score India A 205/6 | Overs 42: A sixth wicket has fallen, as Agar completes his five-for. Akshar Patel ties to sweep him hard, but gets a top-edge that goes to the hands of deep midwicket. Manish Pandey has returned for India A to try to stem the slide and get the team to a defendable total. He is taking the singles and doubles on offer, and has hit only a four in his run-a-ball innings so far. Karn Sharma has given him stable support at the other end. In the 42nd over, Pandey smashed a hit through midwicket off spinner Head to bring up India A’s 200, and then a four straight down the ground. Batting: Manish Pandey 39 (31), Karn Sharma 15 (25)

OUT! Sanju Samson c Pattinson b Agar 23 (46)

OUT! Akshar Patel c Handscomb b Agar 20 (30)

Live Cricket Score India A 155/4 | Overs 32: The 150 is brought up by India A with a nicely turned stroke to fine leg fo the second four in Agar’s seventh over. Samson and Patel, after playing cautiously initially, have now established comfort facing legspinner Adam Zampa, and Agar, who are bowling together. Samson has played some attacking strokes, including a powerful sweep to square leg, off Zampa, and even Agar has been hit for a few runs in two of his overs. Part-time offspinner Travis Head has replaced Zampa, in the 32nd over. Batting: Sanju Samson 23 (24), Akshar Patel 18 (22)

Live Cricket Score India A 127/4 | Overs 27: Agar removed the set Karun Nair by trapping him lbw as Nair went back in his crease to turn the ball to the leg side, possibly anticipating a turning delivery. A ball before, he almost removed Sanju Samson, who pushed the ball in the direction of the bowler, who couldn’t take the catch as the non-striker was in his way. Samson, otherwise, has been pretty watchful and intent to defend. Batting: Sanju Samson 9 (29), Akshar Patel 4 (7)

OUT! Karun Nair lbw b Agar 32 (44)

Live Cricket Score India A 98/3 | Overs 19: Mayank Agarwal has scored a half-century. Not only has he been clinical with his drives off the front foot, to capitalise on the odd full delivery, he has been firm with his pulls and hooks off the back foot. The healthy partnership with Karun Nair, however, broke in left-arm spinner Ashton Agar’s first over of the match: Agarwal played around a ball pitched on leg stump that hit the middle stump. The new man, Jadhav, lobbed the first ball he faced, a full toss on leg stump, to short midwicket. Batting: Karun Nair 22 (30), Sanju Samson 0 (2)

OUT! Mayank Agarwal b Agar 61 (61)

OUT! Kedar Jadhav c Ferguson b Agar 0 (1)

Live Cricket Score India A 52/1 | Overs 11: Manish Pandey walks off the field retired hurt. He collided with wicketkeeper Wade trying to complete two runs, and the grille of his helmet crashed into the shoulder of Wade. The bowlers have bowled with good pace, but they have also been accurate with their lengths, persistently bowling back of a length and mixing it with the odd full ball for effect. India A gets to 50 with a pulled four, Agarwal’s fifth, in the 11th over. Batting: Mayank Agarwal 34 (40), Karun Nair 3 (6)

Live Cricket Score India A 30/1 | Overs 7: WICKET! Pattinson’s persistence outside the off stump pays off. Chand got done in by the potent pace and seemingly some extra bounce as well, outside the off stump, and couldn’t prevent his bat from touching the ball, as he prepared initially to play a cut, through to the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Manish Pandey is the new man in, and he cracks a half-volley sturdily through extra-cover. Batting: Mayank Agarwal 19 (23), Manish Pandey 4 (4)

OUT! Unmukt Chand c Wade b Pattinson 5 (15)

Live Cricket Score India A 16/0 | Overs 4: James Pattinson got the first ball of the match back of a length on leg stum, which was turned off his legs to the fine leg boundary by opener Mayank Agarwal. Andrew Fekete, Pattinson’s opening partner, seems to be getting a bit of movement as well. Pattinson follows his first over with an accurate second over, a maiden. Agarwal pulled the fourth ball of the next over, off Fekete, a shotish ball on leg stump, stylishly to the square leg boundary. Batting: Unmukt Chand 4 (10), Mayank Agarwal 11 (14)

India A have won the toss, and will bat. The pitch to be used today will be different to Sunday’s match. A low of 30 degree Celsius and a high of 36 degree Celsius is the weather forecast for the hot and humid Chennai.

In the middle of South Africa A’s innings on Sunday, their batting consultant HD Ackerman said it seems some of the jitters in performance are due to the inexperience of the ‘A’ team players in India. Ackerman says the conditions, ie, the heat, is extreme and a few of the squad members have even visited the hospital. After the game, the number rose to 10, prompting the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to have India A play today instead. The respite, however, is only for a day, as they play Australia A on Tuesday. READ: Ten South Africa A players hospitalised in Chennai due to food poisoning

Teams:

India A: Mayank Agarwal, Unmukt Chand(c), Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson(w), Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sandeep Sharma

Australia A: Usman Khawaja (c), Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Peter Handscomb, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, James Pattinson, Adam Zampa, Gurinder Sandhu, Andrew Fekete