Report: Aus A vs Ind A, Final
Jadhav, Dhawan and Axar power India A to title win
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.
India A had slumped to 51 for 3 before Jadhav and Manoj Tiwary came together to stitch a partnership against the run of play. However, the visitors again lost quick wickets and were 182 for 6 when Axar and Dhawan completed the chase with more than an over to spare.
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.
Stats Highlights: Eng vs India, 3rd Test - Day 5
The win was England’s first in 11 Tests since Chester-le-Street Test against Australia in 2013
Moeen Ali’s figures of six for 67 are the second best by an England spinner against India in England, after Ray Illingworth’s 6 for 29 at Lord’s in 1967.
Incidentally Moeen is the first English spinner to take five wickets in fourth innings of a Test against India in England.
Moeen’s match figures of 8 for 129 are the third best by an England spinner against India at home after Graeme Swann’s 9 for 208 at The Oval in 2011 and Norman Gifford’s 8 for 127 at Lord’s in 1971.
Moeen’s 15 wickets in the series are the most by an England spinner in a home series since 1967 when Ray Illingworth took 20 wickets in three matches.
James Anderson -by dismissing Rohit Sharma- completed his 50 wickets against India at home. He became fourth bowler to complete half-century of wickets against India at home after Imran Khan (67), Muttiah Muralitharan (65) and Fred Trueman (53).
James Anderson dismissed MS Dhoni for the second time in the Test. He has now dismissed Dhoni six times in Test cricket – more than any other bowler.
Dhoni’s dismissal was the 100th time Anderson dismissed a batsman caught behind. He became fourth bowler in Test cricket to do so after Glenn McGrath (152), Courtney Walsh (111) and Allan Donald (100).
Jos Buttler’s three catches in second innings took his match tally to six. Having scored 85 in only innings he batted in, Buttler became only the third wicketkeeper to score 80+ runs and effect 5 dismissals in debut Test. Other to do so are Sri Lanka’s Chamara Dunusinghe (91 runs and 7 dismissals vs New Zealand at Napier in 1994-95) and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist (81 runs and 6 dismissals vs Pakistan at Brisbane in 1999-00).
Ajinkya Rahane (54 and 52) top scored for India in both innings. He became eighth Indian to accomplish this feat against England in England joining Vinoo Mankad, Pankaj Roy, Tiger Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar,Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni.
Since 2001 India have suffered a defeat in the very next Test after winning one on 8 occasions in an away series.
The win was England’s first in 11 Tests since Chester-le-Street Test against Australia in 2013.
MS Dhoni has now lost 11 Tests outside the subcontinent – most by an Indian captain. He was earlier at level with Tiger Pataudi and Mohammad Azharuddin with 10 defeats.