Australia-A registers their third successive win in the Pay TM tri series by beating India-A by 3 wickets at the M Chidabram Stadium, Chennai just few moments ago. It was a good performance by India-A though who put Australia A under pressure. Australia-A are through to the finals which be played on 14th August.
Chasing a total of 259 Australia-A openers Travis Head and Usman Khwaja began well scoring fast in the first 5 overs. Khwaja and Head put on 58 runs for the first wicket in just 8 overs. Usman Khwaja was dismissed by Rishi Dhawan. After that, Chris Lynn and Travis Head put another partnership of 36. Travis Head was the second batsman to be dismissed. Then Handscomb and Chris Lynn took the attack to the Indian bowlers.
Chris Lynn completed his half century. Handscomb and Lynn was dismissed in space of 4 runs to leave Australia-A at 157 for 4. Wade and Ferguson put 30 runs for the 5th wicket before Wade was dismissed. Soon after Agar was dismissed leaving Australia-A 178 for 6. Then Zampa and Ferguson played important innings. Zampa scored 50 and was dismissed. Australia-A won the match by 3 wickets with 9 balls to spare. Karn Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets.
India-A won the toss and elected to bat. Mayank Aggarwal and Unmukt Chand began off very well scoring put 26 runs for the first wicket. Unmukt Chand was dismissed for 5. Mayank Aggarwal and Manish Pandey added 72 runs second wicket partnership before Manish Pandey was retired due to an injury. Mayank Aggrawal and Kedar Jadhav departed in quick succession to leave India at 98 for 3. Nair and Samson tried to build partnership but lost wickets at regular intervals.
India-A were 161 for 6 in 35th over. Manish Pandey came and hit an important fifty. Manish Pandey and Karn Sharma put up an important 7 wicket stand of 56 runs. At the end of 50 overs, India-A scored 258 for 9. The pick of bowlers for Australia=A was Ashton Agar picking 5 wickets and gave away only 39 runs.