Darwin, Aug 2: Rishi Dhawan (56) and Akshar Patel (45) put up a splendid rearguard action under pressure as India A clinched the Quadrangular series trophy with a narrow four-wicket win over Australia A here on Saturday.
Chasing 275, Robin Uthappa-led India A were in a spot of bother after losing their top-order for a mere 51 runs and then reeling at 182 for six but Dhawan and Patel combined for a match-winning 93-run stand for the unbeaten seventh wicket. India A won six matches in a row on way to the title. They lost only one game, the opener against hosts.
Dhawan scored 56 off 55 balls while Patel hit 45 off 38 balls as India A chased the target with just eight balls to spare.
For the hosts, skipper Cameron White smashed his way to a magnificent 137 that set up Australia's challenging total.
White and his opening partner Phillip Hughes (51) had rattled up a 146-run stand to provide the hosts a solid start after deciding to bat.
Once Huges was dismissed by Dhawal Kulkarni (3/51), India kept getting wickets at regular intervals and that helped them restrict Australia to a gettable total.
Alex Doolan (24) in the top and Ben Cutting in the lower order batted well for the hosts.
Australia A 274/5 in 50 overs (Cameron White 137, P Hughes 51, Ben Cutting 35, Dhawal Kulkarni 3/51) lost to India A 275/6 in 48.4 overs (Kedar Jadhav 78, Manoj Tiwary 50, Rishi Dhawan 56 not out, Ben Cutting 3/46)