Australia A start the Paytm tri series in Chennai with a bang as they defeated South Africa A by nine wickets in front of empty stadium. A 141 runs partnership between Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns and Coulter Nile’s 3 for 31 helped them win the inagural match of the tri series at M. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
South Africa batting first were bundled out for 171 inside 49 overs as Australia fast bowlers Coulter Nile and James Pattionson took three and two wickets respectively. Meanwhile, Sean Abbott and Aston Agar shared five wickets between them at an economy rate of 2.77 and 2.60 respectively. Leggie Cameron Boyce also took two wickets.
Australia opener Usman Khawaja (73) and Joe Burns (63) commencing the chase adopted a slow but steady approach and built a 141 partnership. Finally, South African bowler Hardus Viljoen broke the partnership as he uprooted the off stump of Khawaja. But, Australia were needed only 32 runs to start the series with win. 21 year old Travis Head (27) joins Burns to complete the rest of the job.
Earlier, South Africa A captain Dean Elgar winning the toss elected to bat first. SA got off a good start from their opener Reeza Hendricks and Dean Elgar, scored 73 runs in 14 overs losing just one wicket. But a disclipned Australian bowling attack never gave South Africa a chance to build partnership. From there South Africa were folded inside 200 as they lost their last nine wickte inside 98 runs.
Australia A will play their next match against India A on August 7 in Chennai. Unmukt Chand lead India will have to be wary about Australia. Both India A and Australia A squad is comprises of players who played One Day Internationals for their senior teams respectively while South Africa A is the weaker team than them as Elgar, Tsotsobe Parnell are the only players who have experience with senior team.