India A clinch Quadrangular series title in Australia

Published: Saturday, August 2, 2014, 15:53 [IST]
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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.

India A clinch Quadrangular series title

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.

Before that stand, Kedar Jadhav (78 off 73) and Manoj Tiwary (50 off 75) had kept the Indian team in the hunt with their fighting half-centuries before being scalped by Ben Cutting (3/46).

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.

Brief Scores

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)


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