Zee Media Bureau
Updates from the tri-series final between India A and Australia A.
AUSTRALIA A Over: 46.3 II Score: 193/10
That’s it! India A have beaten Australia A by 50 runs to win the tri-series. Paine and Ahmed were the final two wickets to fall. Paine was bowled by Rasool while Ahmed was run out in the 47th over. Paine scored 47 (76b, 4X2) and ended up as the highest scorer from his team. Ahmed scored nine with the help of a boundary. Nadeem took 3/34 in his quota of 10 overs.
AUSTRALIA A Over: 40 II Score: 149/8
Australia A need 95 runs in 60 deliveries with two wickets remaining. Off the 31st over came two runs while five came in the next. Just a single came in the 33rd while four came in the 34th. Hazlewood hit a maximum off the penultimate delivery of the 35th over. In the 39th over, Hazlewood became the eight wicket to fall. He became Nadeem’s third victim. Hazlewood scored 30 (44b, 4X1, 6X1). Off the 39th came seven runs including a boundary to Sandhu. Tim Paine and Gurinder Sandhu are at the crease now. Just a single came in the 40th over bowled by Pandey
AUSTRALIA A Over: 30 II Score: 106/7
Nathan Coulter-Nile was out stumped off the bowling of Nadeem in the 24th over. He scored 5 (14b, 4X1). Hazlewood scored his first boundary off Nadeem in the 26th over. The 27th by Parvez Rasool was maiden. Six runs came in the next two – three in each while off the 30th came just two. Australia A need 138 runs to win from 20 overs. They have just three wickets in hand.
AUSTRALIA A Over: 20 II Score: 76/6
Now would you believe it! Australia A have slumped to 76/6 after the end of 20 overs! They have lost four more wickets in the past 10 overs. And this is after they were 30/0 in four overs. After smashing Ishwar Pandey for a four and a six in the 11th over, Maxwell was caught by Pujara off Raina in the next. He scored 12 (7b, 4X1, 6X1). In the next, off the sixth delivery, Pandey had Nic Maddinson caught at first slip. He departed after scoring just 7 (38b). Mitchell Marsh was the fifth wicket to fall after being run out off the sixth delivery of the 14th over. He scored just 2 (8b) Australia saw the next five overs safely without losing another wicket during which Moises Henriques smashed two sixes in an over of Shikhar Dhawan. However, his innings came to an end in the next as Nadeem had him caught by Raina at second slip. He scored 20 (34b, 6X2).
AUSTRALIA A Over: 10 II Score: 37/2
After allowing Australia A to a brisk start, India A have pulled things back with the wickets of opening batsmen Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh after the end of 10 overs. Shami Ahmed has taken both the Australian wickets. Finch was the first one to depart after being bowled in the fifth over. He scored 20 (19b, 4X1, 6X2). Marsh holed out to Pujara at mid on in the sixth over. He scored 11 (17b, 4X2). Earlier, Australian team got off to a fine start adding 30 runs in the first four overs.
INDIA A Over: 49.2 II Score: 243/10
India A have been bundled out for 243 runs after electing to bat first in the final of the tri-series tournament against Australia on Wednesday. At one stage they were 142/3 but lost the next seven wickets for 101 runs. Hazlewood and Coulter-Nile took three wickets each while Sandhu and Alam – the two most expensive bowlers of the lot – returned wicketless. For India Karthik top scored with 73 (75b, 4X10). India A lost their last five wickets in the space of 10 overs while adding just 37 runs to their total.
INDIA A Over: 40 II Score: 206/5
Suresh Raina became the fifth Indian wicket to fall as he was trapped in front by Mitchell Marsh in the 32nd over of the innings. Raina scored 17 (25b, 4X2). Wriddhiman Saha came in after his dismissal. Meanwhile, Rayudu has moved to 26 with the help of three boundaries. Aaron Finch has so far used seven bowlers with only Sandhu and Alam remaining wicketless.
INDIA A Over: 30 II Score: 161/4
India A have lost the wicket of set batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik. Dhawan was removed by Henriques after being caught by wicketkeeper Tim Paine. He scored 62 (65b, 4X9). Nathan Coulter-Nile then bowled Karthik off the first delivery of the 29th over. He scored 73 (75b, 4X10). That over turned out to be a wicket maiden. Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu are at the crease now.
INDIA A Over: 20 II Score: 118/2
Dinesh Karthik and Shikhar Dhawan are leading India A after the early shocks. Both have completed their half-centuries. Off the 10th over came six runs including a boundary to Karthik. Three boundaries came in the following three overs – one in each. Karthik scored consecutive boundaries off Fawad Ahmed’s first two deliveries of the match. 11 runs came in it. The 16th by Maxwell to Karthik was a maiden. Dhawan reached his fifty in the 19th over with a single off Henriques while Karthik scored a boundary to reach his half-century off Maxwell in the next.
INDIA A Over: 10 II Score: 54/2
India A have lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara in the first 10 overs. Sharma was trapped in front by Josh Hazlewood in the third over. He scored 6 (6b, 4X1). In the following over, Dhawan unleashed himself upon the Australian bowlers by hitting three consecutive boundaries off Gurinder Sandhu. Glenn Maxwell then removed Pujara by having him caught by Aaribn Finch off the first delivery of sixth over. Pujara could only score 1.
TOSS: India A won the toss and elected to bat first.
A confident India A, boosted by Shikhar Dhawan`s brilliant double century, will take on their consistent Australian counterparts in what promises to be a high-scoring tri-series final on an absolute featherbed at the L C de Villiers Stadium here on Wednesday.
India have lost both their round robin league matches against the Australians by close margins but Cheteshwar Pujara and Co will hope that `Law of Averages` catches up with the opposition side.
India A will certainly go into the match with a lot of confidence after Monday`s `Dhawan Mayhem` against the Proteas but Australia, who have been the best side in the tournament, will certainly chalk out some elaborate plans to stop the star-studded rival batting line-up.
All eyes will be on Dhawan, who has dazzled with his superb strokeplay, and one would expect him to fire when it matters the most.