Australia A avenged their 52-run defeat to the National Performance Squad (NPS) earlier in the series by beating them by seven wickets at the seventh game at the Garden Oval in Darwin on Saturday. Australia A now have three wins from four games in their kitty, though they are behind India A on the points table.

 

NPS earlier won the toss and chose to bat. Wickets started to tumble for them soon with the scoreboard reading a disastrous 58 for four at the end of 17 overs. It was the middle order that did some of the damage control by putting up a couple of decent partnerships, with Alan Turner top-scoring for the side with a 53-ball 59. They lost their last five wickets for 49 runs in what is seen as a lower-order collapse.

 

The Australian bowlers once again did a fabulous job of striking at vital points in order to prevent any partnerships from taking the game away from them and stemming the flow of runs. The duo of Mitchell Marsh and Ben Cutting shone with the ball with figures of 5/50 and 3/40 respectively.

 

In their reply, Australia A got off to a bad start by losing the first two wickets with 48 runs on the board. It was the triumvirate of Callum Ferguson, Tom Cooper and Moises Henriques that took Australia A home. Cooper scored an unbeaten 109 runs off 110 balls, including 11 fours and three sixes.