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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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

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