Report: Ind A vs Aus NPS, Match 6
Mohit, Vohra, Rayudu shine as India A beat Aus NPS by 6 wickets
India A registered a six-wicket win over Australia National Performance Squad in their third league game of the Quadrangular One-day series in Australia. Manan Vohra (88) and Ambati Rayudu (70*) helped the side overhaul the target comfortably after the Mohit Sharma-led attack restricted NPS to 217.
Earlier, Mohit gave India A their first breakthrough after NPS opted to bat first at the Gardens Oval in Darwin. The medium-pacer sent back opener Matthew Short with 50 runs on the board while Karn Sharma followed up with the wicket of Cameron Bancroft.
The Indian seamers struck at regular intervals to deny the opposition substantial partnerships. With the exception of Travis Head, who scored a half-century, the rest of the batsmen returned without making any sizeable contribution.
Mohit claimed four wickets while Dhawal Kulkarni, Rishi Dhawan and Karn Sharma picked a wicket each. Akshar Patel chipped in with two middle-order wickets to hold the home team to 217 for nine.
Chasing the total, the tourists lost captain Robin Uthappa early in the innings. Manish Pandey and Manoj Tiwary too followed him back leaving India A 88 for three. But, Vohra anchored the innings to take India A to 196 before being sent back by Jason Behrendorff. He was involved in a 108-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Rayudu, who then helped the team attain the target with Sanju Samson.
Brief scores: Aus. NPS 217/9 in 50 overs (T Head 56, M Sharma 4/48) lost to India A 218/4 in 38 overs (M Vohra 88, A Rayudu 70*) by 6 wickets.
England announce squad for Third Test
Jos Buttler to replace Matt Prior; wicketkeeper-batsman set to make Test debut
England have announced their 13-member squad for the third Test against India at Rose Bowl, Southampton. The one big change in the squad is that of Jos Buttler who is all set to make his Test debut replacing injured Matt Prior.
Prior who has had a terrible run so far in the series had decided to stand down from Test cricket for the rest of the summer due to injury.
England look at Buttler as an exciting prospect who has made notable contributions in the shorter format of the game. National selector James Whitaker said, "Jos Buttler comes into the squad following some very exciting limited-overs performances for England and a good record with Lancashire this season.”
Simon Kerrigan, the Lancashire spinner, has been left out but the squad is otherwise unchanged from the second Test. Also, Alastair Cook has received unanimous backing from the team and the selectors to continue as captain for the third Test which starts on Sunday.
England squad (3rd Test) : Alastair Cook (Capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.