India A overhauled Australia A’s total of 274 to win the Quadrangular One-Day series at Darwin on Saturday.
The Indian middle-order put up a great show once again with a collective performance to see the team home. Kedar Jadhav hit a majestic 78 while Rishi Dhawan and Axar Patel held their nerve during a counterattacking partnership of 93 in 12.3 overs for the seventh wicket to stun the home team.
Kane Richardson ran out Manan Vohra in the fourth over. Skipper Robin Uthappa’s dismissal in the fifth over with 26 runs on the board put India A on the backfoot.
Ambati Rayudu was adjudged leg before off Cutting for 7. Manoj Tiwary and Kedar Jadhav stitched an 82-run stand for the fourth wicket to get India back into the game. Tiwary went on to score his second half-century of the series before falling to Cutting.
Sanju Samson was run out by Cameron Boyce for 5, leaving India with 114 runs away from the target. Keeping India in the chase, Jadhav brought up his third consecutive half-century, but Hughes took a sharp catch to dismiss the batsman for 78.
Australia seemed to have the upper hand with India requiring 73 runs off the last ten overs with four wickets in hand, but Dhawan, who had been given two reprieves, made Australia pay and took the attack to the bowlers. Unbeaten on 56 off 55 balls, his partnership with Axar Patel (45 off 38 balls) took India home.
Earlier, opting to bat first, Phil Hughes and White added 146 for the opening stand. After an unbeaten double century and 58 in his previous two knocks, Hughes brought up another half-century though he didn’t last for too long thereafter. Not quite getting the hook shot right, he was caught by Rayudu off Dhawal Kulkarni for 51.
White continued his aggressive knock, sharing a 74-run stand with Alex Doolan to bring up his first century of the series, off 108 balls.
Overall, with the tournament coming to an end, Phil Hughes was the top-scorer with 332 runs, while Dhawal Kulkarni topped the bowling charts with 14 wickets from six matches. Mitchell Marsh was named the Player of the Series for his 11 wickets and 80 runs in the one-day series and 225 runs and three wickets in the four-day games.
Brief scores: Australia A 274 for 5 in 50 overs (Phil Hughes 51, Cameron White 137; Dhawal Kulkarni 3 for 51) lost to India A 275 for 6 in 48.4 overs (Manoj Tiwary 50, Kedar Jadhav 78, Rishi Dhawan 56*, Axar Patel 45*; Ben Cutting 3 for 46) by 4 wickets.