Australia A v India A, Quadrangular A-team series, Darwin July 20, 2014

Richardson, Doolan star in Australia A win

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Australia A 7 for 252 (Doolan 96, Marsh 63, Kulkarni 3-41) beat India A 224 (Samson 81, Richardson 5-31) by 28 runs

A five-for from pacer Kane Richardson set up a 28-run win for Australia A against India A in the opening game of the quadrangular A-team one-day series. Earlier, a 116-run, fifth-wicket stand between Alex Doolan and Mitchell Marsh lifted a struggling Australia A innings to 7 for 252. Doolan missed his maiden List A hundred by four runs, while Marsh scored a brisk 63.

Richardson got the first breakthrough for Australia A, breaking an opening stand of 39 between Unmukt Chand and Robin Uthappa. However, the game turned in Australia A's favour during an eight-over period between the 12th and 20th overs, when India A lost five wickets for 19 runs. Marsh accounted for Manish Pandey in the 12th over and in the next one, Richardson dismissed Uthappa and Manoj Tiwary off successive balls. India A had limped to 4 for 84 in the 20th over, when Marsh got the wickets of Ambati Rayudu and Akshar Patel. He eventually finished with figures of 3 for 41.

India A looked to be slipping away but Sanju Samson's fighting half-century and his stands with the lower order kept the chase alive. Samson added a quick 45 with Parvez Rasool but Australia A managed to peg the scoring rate back after Rasool fell. The eighth-wicket partnership between Dhawal Kulkarni and Samson yielded 45 runs in 12.5 overs. India A went into the last five overs needing 48 off 30 with five overs and one wicket in hand. Samson took 17 runs off Marsh in one over, but his departure in the next brought the innings to a close at 224.

Australia A faced similar struggles after being put in to bat. Mohit Sharma, who joined the India A squad for the quadrangular series, and Kulkarni reduced Australia A to 3 for 41 within two overs. Phillip Hughes was caught behind off Mohit , while Kulkarni got rid of Cameron White for 15 and Chris Lynn for a duck. Doolan then shepherded the side's rebuilding effort, sharing an 80-run stand with Calum Ferguson. His rapid century stand with Marsh ensured that the innings did not lose momentum as the overs progressed. The two kept turning the strike over between the boundaries and then stitched together some big overs towards the end of the innings.

Richardson said the pitch at the Marrara Oval aided bowlers from both sides more than the track for the four-day games in Brisbane.

"The last two four-day games in Brisbane were quite tough on the bowlers and it was good to get up here and see some grass on the wicket," he said. "As their bowlers showed upfront, it was going to be tough work for the batsmen. We started pretty slow with the ball but once we got into it, I think the bounce helped us with a bit of movement."

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  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I'm very excited to see Kane getting a five-for. I'm a huge wrap on this guy, he has good speed, height and most importantly an excellent bowling action. He's just a bit raw yet, but give him another couple of years and he could be anything, glad he is under the wing of Mr.Harris.

  • Wayne on July 21, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    @dunger.bob as keen observer of WA cricket Mitch Marsh has had some technical issues to work on in the off season. Before his recent double century, he had a 1st class average in the high 20's. At times he bats like he has concrete in his boots. Although he hits a very long ball, he struggles to get his feet moving to the pitch of the ball. Like Shane Watson he can be a walking LBW candidate at times. At 22, he will only get better. Lets hope the Marsh hamstring curse does not set him back in 2014/15.

  • Android on July 21, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    where is uttappa...ipl hero now strugling to farm..its very bad...gett well soon ..

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Well done Sanju Samson... U beauty

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    Well done Sanju. .......keep it up and do well again.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Sanju One down batsmen please.........

  • Richard on July 20, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    It was a beautiful day for cricket here in Darwin. India were 6/84 after 20 overs chasing 250. At that stage there was only ever going to be one winner. I thought White's captaincy was found wanting after that. He had the foot on the throat after 20 overs but let them get up again. Samson and co. had no pressure and were allowed to just tip and run as they liked. White's captaincy is typically unimaginative and is not suited to comprehensive victories.

    To say White, Ferguson and Hughes did not do their careers any favours is an understatement. I would be surprised to see them in the World Cup squad. The Indian pace bowlers did move the ball in the air early and acquitted themselves quite well despite an obvious lack of pace. This was no Steyn-and-Philander-like opening combination yet White and Hughes were like fish out of water. Hazelwood seems like he is a big fan of what he brings to the table but what he produced today wouldn't get him into the Northern Territory team.

  • Android on July 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    @pacifist yes, he has been under Ponting's wing a bit

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    @the pacifist....he isnt Ricky Pontings bootlace but hopefully he can make some useful runs for Oz.

  • Black on July 20, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Hey Aussie fans, is Alex Doolan the guy Ricky Ponting talked of as his successor? Not sure of the tales of Aus domestic cricket, but I remember reading something about this guy being Ponting's protégée at Tasmania.

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