Australia A v India A, A Team tri-series, Pretoria August 11, 2013

Maxwell and Shaun Marsh power Australia A to final

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Australia A 310 for 7 (Marsh 96, Maxwell 93, Binny 4-55) beat India A 285 (Rohit 65, Henriques 3-24) by 25 runs
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India A's bowlers were clueless against Glenn Maxwell once again as he struck a whirlwind 93, to back up his 79-ball 145 on Thursday, to lead Australia A to the final of the tri-series. Set a target of 311, India failed during the chase again, after being 175 for 2 as Josh Hazlewood and Moises Henriques took three wickets apiece to seal a 25-run win.

Maxwell spearheaded a 139-run stand with Shaun Marsh, who composed a solid 96, that set up the 300-plus total. It could have been a lot more had seamer Stuart Binny not nabbed three wickets in three overs to deny Maxwell and Marsh their centuries and slow down Australia.

Having chosen to bat, Australia's openers enjoyed their second fifty-plus stand of the series before left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem bowled Aaron Finch off his fifth ball of the match. Nic Maddinson added 41 with Marsh but fell soon after reaching double figures to offspinner Parvez Rasool. With a foundation set, Maxwell signalled his intent early, striking Rasool for consecutive fours in the 28th and 30th overs before carting Rohit Sharma's only over of the match for 19 runs on his way to his half-century.

Maxwell's onslaught continued as he raced toward a century, smashing Nadeem for three fours in the 35th over. Marsh, having held Australia's innings together so long, also opened up slamming Siddarth Kaul for 16 runs in three balls.

But Binny instigated a turnaround, knocking back the stumps of both Marsh and Maxwell in the nineties and then Henriques' for a duck. Maxwell had struck 12 fours and three sixes and Marsh while matching the sixes count. Binny's burst, 4 for 23 in his third spell, wasn't enough to keep Australia below 300 as Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Marsh plundered 60 off the last 34 balls.

India laid a solid foundation for the chase, with the openers Rohit Sharma and M Vijay, who took Shikhar Dhawan's place for this game, scoring half-centuries. Rohit's 58-ball 61 kept India within sight of the asking-rate but his run-out in the 15th over put pressure on Vijay, who had 16 from 32 balls. He opened up, eventually matching Rohit's seven boundaries to go with a six off Maxwell. But Vijay, in an attempt to keep up with a required-rate that had swelled to seven, holed out for 60. India were 157 for 2, with over 21 overs and eight wickets left to get the remaining 144 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara struck his first half-century of the series but became one of two wickets in the 37th over as Josh Hazlewood tipped the game in Australia's favour. Ambati Rayudu did his best to tackle an equation which had risen to nine-an-over, but Hazlewood struck again, removing him for 32 off 28 balls. Needing 60 off six overs, Rasool and Kaul, the ninth-wicket pair, hit 24 in 14 balls but Henriques had Kaul caught behind before picking up the last man Nadeem.

The defeat means India need to win their next match against South Africa A to qualify for the final.

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  • Haleos on August 12, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Can not believe Vijayi still finds a place in the XL. Problem is he performs everywhere other than in Internationals.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 12, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    The purpose of this tour for us is to find young talent (particularly bowlers) or groom the second sting players. Some of them might have played for national side(like M Vijay) but the point is to give them more chances ) I have no complaints for batting .Although Shikhar dhawan was missing (and that tells that we are more interested interesting our reserves than winning the series) but not sure M Vijay was the right person to replace. We haven't found a new bowler who can partner with Bhuvi. Thats a big shame. I would have preferred to loose the series for a new bowler. But We havent achieved that too. We really lost this series thats all i can say.

  • on August 12, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @sheikasif, rohit sharma has scored 20+runs in an over umpteen times, the highest being 27/over. get ur facts right. And its not fair to single him out for a poor over when the regular bowlers went over more than 14 runs /over on quite few occasions in this match. it was bcos of regular bowlers leaking runs a plenty that pujara had 2 bring in the part-timers.Dont vent ur personal dislike for a particular player on a bigger platform like this website which enables fans 2 share their views & passion for the game, rather than player-bashing.

  • on August 12, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Pitches provided for this tournament do not appear to be the typical South African pitches. Those players in AUS-A and IND-A who were successful in this tourney should perhaps be careful in extrapolating their success here as indicative of how they will perform on an official tour to SA, as part of their respective national teams. The selectors for the main national teams may also keep that in mind. Failure here can be taken seriously; but not success!

  • DylanBrah on August 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Maxwell easily replaces David Hussey, except even more prolific with the bat. Bowling is about on par with Huss.

  • on August 12, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    i think out of the three teams, both india & australia have fielded many regular senior team players respectively. so ppl quarelling abt the strength of their 'A' squads is absurd & ridiculous. let the best of the teams win.

  • on August 12, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    A closely fought match with aussies in the end coming out triumphant. Many factors accounted for india's defeat.i] poor captaincy from pujara. he needs 2 learn fast.ii] poor bowling changes..iii] rohit's run out which i think was the turning point. hope india wins their final league game & make it to the finals.

  • Rohit... on August 12, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    This touney vindicated the team management decisions... Dhoni and Kohli were right in giving preferences to Rohit & Amit Mishra ahead of Pujara and Rasool... Indians complain a lot but the truth prevails... Rasool needs to play more domestic matches to claim a spot and Pujara needs to find boundaries... As far as this tourney goes, It was expected for this team to be last as unlike Aus & SA Indians are raised in turning tracks rather than pacy ones... So, these youngsters will need more such tourneys before making an impact.

  • bhadales on August 12, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I just don't understand why isn't Rahane being given a chance to play. Players like Raina can step back and let others too prove themselves. Rahane, Pandey, and Saha should get to play a game too.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 12, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    How ridiculous to say Indian A team lack only Dhoni, Kohli and bowlers and Australia team is full of newbies! Australian team seems to be its original ODI team with the presence of Shon Marsh ,Finch, Mitchel Marsh, Henriques, Tim Paine and Glenn Maxwell.lol.

  • Haleos on August 12, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Can not believe Vijayi still finds a place in the XL. Problem is he performs everywhere other than in Internationals.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 12, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    The purpose of this tour for us is to find young talent (particularly bowlers) or groom the second sting players. Some of them might have played for national side(like M Vijay) but the point is to give them more chances ) I have no complaints for batting .Although Shikhar dhawan was missing (and that tells that we are more interested interesting our reserves than winning the series) but not sure M Vijay was the right person to replace. We haven't found a new bowler who can partner with Bhuvi. Thats a big shame. I would have preferred to loose the series for a new bowler. But We havent achieved that too. We really lost this series thats all i can say.

  • on August 12, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @sheikasif, rohit sharma has scored 20+runs in an over umpteen times, the highest being 27/over. get ur facts right. And its not fair to single him out for a poor over when the regular bowlers went over more than 14 runs /over on quite few occasions in this match. it was bcos of regular bowlers leaking runs a plenty that pujara had 2 bring in the part-timers.Dont vent ur personal dislike for a particular player on a bigger platform like this website which enables fans 2 share their views & passion for the game, rather than player-bashing.

  • on August 12, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Pitches provided for this tournament do not appear to be the typical South African pitches. Those players in AUS-A and IND-A who were successful in this tourney should perhaps be careful in extrapolating their success here as indicative of how they will perform on an official tour to SA, as part of their respective national teams. The selectors for the main national teams may also keep that in mind. Failure here can be taken seriously; but not success!

  • DylanBrah on August 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Maxwell easily replaces David Hussey, except even more prolific with the bat. Bowling is about on par with Huss.

  • on August 12, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    i think out of the three teams, both india & australia have fielded many regular senior team players respectively. so ppl quarelling abt the strength of their 'A' squads is absurd & ridiculous. let the best of the teams win.

  • on August 12, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    A closely fought match with aussies in the end coming out triumphant. Many factors accounted for india's defeat.i] poor captaincy from pujara. he needs 2 learn fast.ii] poor bowling changes..iii] rohit's run out which i think was the turning point. hope india wins their final league game & make it to the finals.

  • Rohit... on August 12, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    This touney vindicated the team management decisions... Dhoni and Kohli were right in giving preferences to Rohit & Amit Mishra ahead of Pujara and Rasool... Indians complain a lot but the truth prevails... Rasool needs to play more domestic matches to claim a spot and Pujara needs to find boundaries... As far as this tourney goes, It was expected for this team to be last as unlike Aus & SA Indians are raised in turning tracks rather than pacy ones... So, these youngsters will need more such tourneys before making an impact.

  • bhadales on August 12, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I just don't understand why isn't Rahane being given a chance to play. Players like Raina can step back and let others too prove themselves. Rahane, Pandey, and Saha should get to play a game too.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 12, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    How ridiculous to say Indian A team lack only Dhoni, Kohli and bowlers and Australia team is full of newbies! Australian team seems to be its original ODI team with the presence of Shon Marsh ,Finch, Mitchel Marsh, Henriques, Tim Paine and Glenn Maxwell.lol.

  • hotcric01 on August 12, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Australia A is by far the best among these three teams.They are peforming well in all three departments. They deserve the victory.India A bowling and captancy looks very weak.For Australia,add Marsh brothers,Coulter-Nile,Maxwell to the national ODI squad.Give them enough chances.Then Australia again would become an unbeatable ODI side.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 12, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great. Champions can afford to lose like ashes, right? Do you know only 3 regular players Dhavan, Rohit, Raina is in this A team. How can you forget recent losses to Indian team in India and England!

  • John_Mil on August 12, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    So far so Good outing for India.Though we lost couple matches again Ausies,It's a good test for the players overall.

    Batting seems to be fine but needs to finish and plan accordingly when chasing a Huge total. Usage of power play overs still needs to improved. Bowling seems to be ok but needs to be improved still.Rather that bowling fast should learn to bowl according to the Opponent batsman.But the Bowling seems to be fine now a days compare to before. There are players like Rahane,Manoj Tiwari,Sawrab Tiwari,Irfan pathan,yusuf Pathan could have been given a chances by resting the Regular and recent players in the squad like Raina,Rohit and may be DK and Dhawan.

  • INDSlider on August 12, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Including Dhoni, Kholi and couple of bowlers would convert Indian "A" team to National team. But, still they loose to Australian "A". Champion can't afford to loose like this.

  • Sarthik on August 12, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Why was Pujara given the captaincy when he is not an automatic selection to a ODI side? Shouldn't it be Raina or Rohit as captain??? Pujara already has an expectation to excel in his batting duties and burdening him with captaincy didn't work well so far.

  • on August 12, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Totally strange policy from our selection think tank. Why they changed our winning combination keeping out Dhawan ? Why they broke our most promising opening pair of Rohit / Dhawan ? Still India is not safe enough to secure its place in final why all these things happened ? Sometimes we are making mess of all these things under giving chances to bench strength. India should have gone with there full strength yesterday's match. Should have secured their place in finals before turning to their bench strength. Now today's last match is do or die for India against SA. Yesterday Rohit again performed magnificently. Definitely we are watching different Rohit after he started playing opening and specially after presenting suddessful display of leadership of MI IPL. In all 3 matches Rohit performed. Just like first today again Rohits runout dismissal proved turning point. When he was there we were in commanding position. Rohit got runout again and from there we started loosing the control.

  • on August 12, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    cpt.meanster u should also remember that even that Aus Xi is not the 1st choice XI.

  • on August 12, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (August 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT). Please do remember that the other two teams are also NOT their fist choice teams. Fans are not comparing apples with oranges. They are assessing our future team with their future teams. In fact we, India have quite a few regulars in our team, especially in the batting dept.

  • on August 11, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Oh good God. The prospect of Shaun Marsh batting decently in a handful of A matches and being up for selection again is enough to give me cold sweats. He's the most mediocre of ALL fringe batsmen in Australia. If he's given a spot in any of our teams again all our rebuilding work will be for naught.

  • PFEL on August 11, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Aus A team has far too many bowlers. They can afford to leave out Fawad or Sandhu and play an extra batsman.

  • Sheikasif on August 11, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Time to send Shami and Kaul to the nets and bring Pandey in team. Also, what was Pujara thinking when he benched India's best opening batsman in Dhawan for this crucial match. His decison to allow Rohit to bowl was ridiculous. Rohit has never scored 19 runs in an over but was very effective in giving it away. Pujara is definately no captain material. Raina should take over. Give Pandey a chance to showcase his skills in the next match.

  • Chris_P on August 11, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. They may be practice matches, but they do count as List A stats so it's not really case of it doesn't matter. But, you're right in the way that teams should be going into these matches with the main priority is to prepare players for higher honours. Although taking an interest in the other teams, (I prefer to leave their analysis to their own fans as they know their domestic records/form better), I usually run over how our guys have shaped up & am quite happy with both the selected team (in this format) & the way they performed. Nearly all the selected players showed this form in our one day competition. Personally, I still feel the Indian cricket followers have not seen the best of Maxwell in your IPL due to his "bench warming" duties with the MI. Any other franchise would profit so much with his inclusion.

  • Naresh28 on August 11, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Agree with @cpt.meanster - The bowling team selected here is not up to scratch We need a good pool of backup bowlers and there none. it would have been better to select guys like Praveen, Zaheer and Sandeep Sharma - just to see where they stand.

  • on August 11, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    What poor Pandey??? ,he is not a fast bowler he bowls 125-130 , simply by dreaming you cannot make Pandey bowl 145 , the only bowlers who bowl 145 are Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron who has just started bowling again after injury,it's a tournament for youngsters or emerging players so Kumar wasn't given a chance .

  • on August 11, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Its a great platform for out-of-form players to perform and prove their credibility...moreover seeing maxwell in such a red hot form certainly will ignite the aussie camp in england...if he could over his good form in one dayers... There is definitely a cult allrounder in the making!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    I think some people are getting carried away here. This is NOT a recognized international fixture by any means. These are only practice games to improve your SECOND XI. Both these losses will definitely teach India A that their bowling needs to improve. Batting wise, our young batsmen have done well scoring nearly 300 in both games. It's the bowling that needs attention. I am sure they will look to do something. But fans need to remember that this is NOT our first choice XI. Our original ODI team is much better with experienced bowlers like Ishant, Umesh, Ashwin, Jadeja, and Mishra. Some of these kids are young and have never experienced international conditions before. I think India are heading in the RIGHT direction with the tour to SA in mind. When the actual players come back, we will be much better and strong in every department.

  • invincibledhoni on August 11, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    rohit's value and temperament is more appreciable and visible when murali vijay is at the other end. Murali can be accomodated only for tests based on his temperament of not playing to the situation. Long way to go for pujara in learning captainsy and odi batting. Rayudu seems to be scaling up for odis but dinesh karthik is a huge let down.

  • on August 11, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Bowling has been very disappointing for India. You can't expect your bowlers to give away 300+ runs in every game. Having said that it's sad some senior India A batsmen are playing "cautiously" to score runs at a very slow rate to save their place in the team rather than helping the team to win the game!

  • MAYURESHmagic on August 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Poor luck of Shami Ahmed and poor bowling coaching too, shami can bowl outswinger but not inswinger but someone could train him to bowl those with seam action (it works). Kaul, Shami, Binny and Pandey will never find there place in ODIs but Pandey and Shami will do better in long format in place of Ishant. Pujara is not for short forma, till not ready but Rayudu is, Manoj Tiwary can fit in for Karthik.

  • SavvyCanadian on August 11, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Indian Team Management missed a golden opportunity to try players like Praveen Kumar (who is very similar to Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Uthappa in India A team. You can not ignore a bowler of the calibre of Praveen Kumar, especially on South African wickets where pace does not give much dividends, but swing & seam do the tricks. Moreover, what was the use of taking our best Ranji bowler Ishwar Pandey all the way to South Africa and keep him on bench. He is a very promising and genuine fast bowler regularly generating 145 km/hr pace. His height of 6'2'', broad shoulders & strong built body allows him to bowl consistently at high speeds without getting exhausted. He has proven in-swinging & out-swinging deliveries in Ranaji matches. A senior player like Raina should be rested and Rahane should be given a chance. In fact, Raina should not be in the A team, he should be in the senior team. The India A openers have very low strike rate, resulting in high pressures on likes of Raina & Karthik.

  • SavvyCanadian on August 11, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    I don't understand the team selection policy and bowlers handling policy of the India A Team Management. Why is Binny repeatedly getting selected when the Captain gave him just 4 overs to bowl in first match (as against 12 overs given to part-timers Raina & Dhawan), and no bowling given in second match (as against 8 overs given to part-timers Raina & Dhawan)? And now what has suddenly changed after just two days that after not giving any bowling to him two days ago, today he was given a full quota of 10 overs? Why the best performing bowler Unadkat was rested today? Why genuine fast bowler Ishwar Pandey has not been given any chance so far? Why we are persisting with slow-batting Rohit who has a ridiculous strike rate & not giving opportunity to Rahane? It is strange that Rohit gets hundreds of opportunities despite his inconsistencies and low strike rate, whereas others like Uthappa, Rahane, etc are hardly given any opportunities. This is just a favouritism policy of decision makers.

  • on August 11, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Both Binny & Henriques showed the importance of ACCURACY (line & length) over sheer pace! In the shorter formats, it may fetch wickets. But: (1) In test match format, it can at best contain, not necessarily get wickets. (2) It will not work with great batsmen (in any format). There is a huge difference between GOOD batsmen and GREAT batsmen.

  • on August 11, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Did the test match approach of the top three; Vijay, Rohit, & Pujara (slow and delivery wasting start & gradual acceleration) put pressure on Karthik & Raina, both of whom I mentioned in an earlier post as Seniors letting us down in the middle overs? Probably!

  • cric_gates on August 11, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Poor team selection and poor captaincy 1. Poor rahane is still warming bench despite converting 1 on 1 chance in Zim to 50.Vijay seems to be playing for himself rather for a team.He average less than 50 for 50 balls he played dspite knowing that that req rate was above 6.5 from start.Vijay are you playing for world champ India or Zim. 2. Dinesh Kartik should be thrown out of squad n Saha should be tried.He is just a IPL wonder.Senior Raina is still getting every match.Whats wrong.He is definitely blocking one imp place of bench strenght. 3.Indian team combi is 3 pace+ 1 spin + 1 all rounder. But here they are playing rasool n naddem as if they r playing in INDIA. 4.Poor Pandey.our best ranji bowler who can clock between 145- 150 is still warming benches.Md shami is total flop.Y pujara left out unadkat?? 5.what binny is doing in playing 11. 6. pujara captaincy is poor.He is not able to control d flow of runs n Maxwell.Pujara should open and score as he will never get chance at 1st down

  • sweet2hrme on August 11, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Playing Domestic match is completely different than Playing International match. Well Played Maxwell but this is purely applicable on you. Why not you produce such kind of inning on international level. Well guys reason is very simple "The mount of Pressure to perform". Maxwell always play well in domestic but always fails when it comes to top level. That is the reason most of times he is carrying drinks for players on top levels. Well its nothing wrong.. Indian A bowling is weak as compared to others. So when you play such kind of inning OR any good inning on top level than i will say you played better but not this time! For India, batsman is doing great work but its their bowling letting us down.

  • on August 11, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    1. Middle overs are supposed to be tight to get runs. Maxwell & Shaun Marsh exploded that myth. Between 23rd & 38th over, (in about 15 overs) they hit nearly 140 runs! Pretty close to 10 run an over! I thought that India had problems only in bowling in the death overs!

    Full credit to Maxwel -Shaun Marsh partnership.

    2. For India's batting it was just the opposite. In the middle overs, two seniors, who are also supposed to be the big hitters let us down : that is Raina & Karthik.

    3. Though Pujara made up for the "test match approach" a bit later, he did waste two crucial overs (19th & 20th). Those two overs could have been very appropriate for a Test match. Just ONE run each, that too towards the end of the overs - "dog in the manger" type --didn't get runs and didn't give the strike to the partner either... for 12 crucial deliveries! Not the right approach for an ODI or 20-20!

    4. For the form he is in, hope Maxwell gets a call to play the last Test in the Ashes. He deserves it.

  • ramesh_rocks on August 11, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    @warun_sharma Is this full Indian Team? I didn't know that because I don't see MS, Virat, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Jadeja here. I know that India lost game but they are not playing bad. India's batting is still good only problem is bowling experience, There is not even a single senior bowler in team who can guide these young bowlers.

  • on August 11, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Finally, murali Vijay got a chance and batter well inspite of huge pressure, he might be a better batsman like kohli if he would had got chances as Rohit.. Look at the List A average and strike rate, vijay got better average and strike rate than Rohit, dhawan, Rayudu , Raina, Karthik and even Kohli... But i dont know what made Dhoni to do with Rohit... I think he played good of getting around 60 runs.. We must give persistant chances to gave him chances,,, i think he will bloom soon if we give give continuous chances like we gave to Rohit.....

  • on August 11, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    I have made my analysis and found few problems with the side.

    first thing is that the are playing in another country. natural advantage goes to SA and AUS than india.

    second is age old problem since ganguly period. giving away runs when other team bats first. present india A side has only five bowlers. two of them are all rounders. one is binny and other is rasool. in total making 8 batsman in the line up(along with binny & rasool). but they fail to chase 310. if it could be another spinner in place of batsman, the target could be around 300 or less than that. for seven batsman target of 290 is easier than 310 for 8 batsman.

  • on August 11, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    By looking at batting of Vijay, Pujara & Karthik. they look far distinct than Dhawan, R. Sharma & Kohli. When Rohit was scoring at his unusual rate above 100, murali was blocking & blocking with S.R. of 50. He ran out Rohit. He then raised his S.R. to 80 & finally succumbed at around 78. Same case for Pujara as his inability to keep the momentum. And Karthik?? What is going on in his mind these days? Binny can hit at IPL but unable to penetrate here. Another example of poor team selection & captaincy gave match in the hands of AUS. Poor Pandey has to wait for his turn. If performers had to sit out as like today, then let Dinesh Karthik & Murali Vijay to open the IND inning tomorrow after seeing DK's last 3 performances. Rohit also to be opted out with Dhawan & Rayudu by adding Rahane & Vriddhimaan Saha. Lastly Rasool to be replaced with another bowler. This will be a true Team IND A and very good practice match for them.

  • warun_sharma on August 11, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Its sad Indian full team beaten by Australia A ! only MS & Virant missing here others pretty much same ! Why Badri not playing ??? AUS international side is struggling in cricket world but we CHAMPIONS beaten by A side !!! I think we are going to reverse now ! all the time we can't depend on MS ! although we manege to beat ZIM I think same team will struggle to beat Bangladesh !

  • on August 11, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    India's 2nd string bowlers disappoint again, Pujara finally added some runs, and hopefully scores big in the next knockout game.

  • Nampally on August 11, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Once again Maxwell tore the Indian bowling to shreds. The Indian bowling was sadly lacking in class as a huge score of 310 reflects it. Absence of Dhawan was compensated by a fine innings of 60 by Vijay. Rohit as usual contributed his 60 runs before getting runout. Pujara batted well for his 51 but needed to stay at one end to guide his team to victory. Rayudu played a swashbuckling 31 but again needed to stay at one end knowing that there is no more batting left. These mental lapses by well set batsmen left India well short of the target of 311. Full credit to the Australians in beating India twice. The Aussies have a fine array of bowlers & batsmen who are all potentially good to play for their National team. India needed to be at their best to compete with this Australian team who were mentally tough & were a talented all round team. India simply did not have the bowlers in the same class to compete. Nevertheless, had Raina & Karthik batted well, India still had a chance to win!

  • Sir_Ivor on August 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    The trick to play in these conditions is probably,to start with spinners and keep having spinners bowl for abot 30 overs of the innings. The Saffers are more comfortable playing pace because that seems to be their staple diet. The important thing is for Nadeem, Rasool and all the other spinners to know the length at which they have to bowl to be match winners.I think we should take only swing bowlers to South Africa this winter and a couple or more of good spin bowlers. It is often the case that teams visiting SA take many pace bowlers in the hope that they can match the Steyns and Morkels at the Wanderers and elsewhere. That is perhaps what needs to be changed in the thinking of the selectors. If Vernon Philander can be the most successful SA bowler at home for the last many years, I think we need the likes of Bhuvi and Praveen to operate together with many spin bowlers like Mishra and Kuldeep Yadav. Sandip Patil has already been a revelation. Maybe he is thinking on these very lines.

  • StarHawk on August 11, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @Durg Singh Sodha, this tourney is not meant for publicity. It is not even televised I think. It is meant for the youngsters to gain experience playing in South African conditions against other top 'A' teams. Well, most of these 'A' teams can give international teams a run for their money because all 3 of them comprises of several international/fringe players.

  • on August 11, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Another less known tourny.

  • StarHawk on August 11, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Again, the Indian bowling disappoints. Binny taking 4 wickets is a positive, that too 4 wickets of Australian national players. If he could also chip in with the bat, he might be a useful piece for the Indian team as a backup all-rounder. Let's see if the batting will step up again. So far, its been a steady start (72/0 in 14 ov), but with the required run rate creeping up to around 7, Murali Vijay (16 off 31) needs to step on the gas. It looks like he's playing more to get himself a big score than win the game for the team.

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  • StarHawk on August 11, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Again, the Indian bowling disappoints. Binny taking 4 wickets is a positive, that too 4 wickets of Australian national players. If he could also chip in with the bat, he might be a useful piece for the Indian team as a backup all-rounder. Let's see if the batting will step up again. So far, its been a steady start (72/0 in 14 ov), but with the required run rate creeping up to around 7, Murali Vijay (16 off 31) needs to step on the gas. It looks like he's playing more to get himself a big score than win the game for the team.

  • on August 11, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Another less known tourny.

  • StarHawk on August 11, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @Durg Singh Sodha, this tourney is not meant for publicity. It is not even televised I think. It is meant for the youngsters to gain experience playing in South African conditions against other top 'A' teams. Well, most of these 'A' teams can give international teams a run for their money because all 3 of them comprises of several international/fringe players.

  • Sir_Ivor on August 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    The trick to play in these conditions is probably,to start with spinners and keep having spinners bowl for abot 30 overs of the innings. The Saffers are more comfortable playing pace because that seems to be their staple diet. The important thing is for Nadeem, Rasool and all the other spinners to know the length at which they have to bowl to be match winners.I think we should take only swing bowlers to South Africa this winter and a couple or more of good spin bowlers. It is often the case that teams visiting SA take many pace bowlers in the hope that they can match the Steyns and Morkels at the Wanderers and elsewhere. That is perhaps what needs to be changed in the thinking of the selectors. If Vernon Philander can be the most successful SA bowler at home for the last many years, I think we need the likes of Bhuvi and Praveen to operate together with many spin bowlers like Mishra and Kuldeep Yadav. Sandip Patil has already been a revelation. Maybe he is thinking on these very lines.

  • Nampally on August 11, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Once again Maxwell tore the Indian bowling to shreds. The Indian bowling was sadly lacking in class as a huge score of 310 reflects it. Absence of Dhawan was compensated by a fine innings of 60 by Vijay. Rohit as usual contributed his 60 runs before getting runout. Pujara batted well for his 51 but needed to stay at one end to guide his team to victory. Rayudu played a swashbuckling 31 but again needed to stay at one end knowing that there is no more batting left. These mental lapses by well set batsmen left India well short of the target of 311. Full credit to the Australians in beating India twice. The Aussies have a fine array of bowlers & batsmen who are all potentially good to play for their National team. India needed to be at their best to compete with this Australian team who were mentally tough & were a talented all round team. India simply did not have the bowlers in the same class to compete. Nevertheless, had Raina & Karthik batted well, India still had a chance to win!

  • on August 11, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    India's 2nd string bowlers disappoint again, Pujara finally added some runs, and hopefully scores big in the next knockout game.

  • warun_sharma on August 11, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Its sad Indian full team beaten by Australia A ! only MS & Virant missing here others pretty much same ! Why Badri not playing ??? AUS international side is struggling in cricket world but we CHAMPIONS beaten by A side !!! I think we are going to reverse now ! all the time we can't depend on MS ! although we manege to beat ZIM I think same team will struggle to beat Bangladesh !

  • on August 11, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    By looking at batting of Vijay, Pujara & Karthik. they look far distinct than Dhawan, R. Sharma & Kohli. When Rohit was scoring at his unusual rate above 100, murali was blocking & blocking with S.R. of 50. He ran out Rohit. He then raised his S.R. to 80 & finally succumbed at around 78. Same case for Pujara as his inability to keep the momentum. And Karthik?? What is going on in his mind these days? Binny can hit at IPL but unable to penetrate here. Another example of poor team selection & captaincy gave match in the hands of AUS. Poor Pandey has to wait for his turn. If performers had to sit out as like today, then let Dinesh Karthik & Murali Vijay to open the IND inning tomorrow after seeing DK's last 3 performances. Rohit also to be opted out with Dhawan & Rayudu by adding Rahane & Vriddhimaan Saha. Lastly Rasool to be replaced with another bowler. This will be a true Team IND A and very good practice match for them.

  • on August 11, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    I have made my analysis and found few problems with the side.

    first thing is that the are playing in another country. natural advantage goes to SA and AUS than india.

    second is age old problem since ganguly period. giving away runs when other team bats first. present india A side has only five bowlers. two of them are all rounders. one is binny and other is rasool. in total making 8 batsman in the line up(along with binny & rasool). but they fail to chase 310. if it could be another spinner in place of batsman, the target could be around 300 or less than that. for seven batsman target of 290 is easier than 310 for 8 batsman.

  • on August 11, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Finally, murali Vijay got a chance and batter well inspite of huge pressure, he might be a better batsman like kohli if he would had got chances as Rohit.. Look at the List A average and strike rate, vijay got better average and strike rate than Rohit, dhawan, Rayudu , Raina, Karthik and even Kohli... But i dont know what made Dhoni to do with Rohit... I think he played good of getting around 60 runs.. We must give persistant chances to gave him chances,,, i think he will bloom soon if we give give continuous chances like we gave to Rohit.....