Australia A v India A, Tri-series, Pretoria

India A choke, Coulter-Nile steals narrow win

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

August 8, 2013

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Australia A 298 for 8 (Maxwell 145*, Maddinson 52) beat India A 291 for 8 (Raina 83, Rayudu 70, Rohit 66, Coulter-Nile 3-37) by seven runs
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India A had been stunned by an incredible assault from Glenn Maxwell, who had smashed an unbeaten 145 off 79 deliveries to take Australia A to 298 from 152 for 8 in the one-day tri-series in South Africa. They had absorbed that unexpected blow and Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma had responded with fifties to put them on course in the stiff chase. They needed 23 from the last four overs with six wickets in hand and Rayudu in flow. However, Nathan Coulter-Nile stepped up, and India A choked. They lost four wickets and managed 15 runs, with Coulter-Nile delivering a double-wicket maiden in the penultimate over. In stark contrast, Maxwell, in the company of Josh Hazlewood, had looted 59 off the last four in a ninth-wicket stand worth 146 in 13.4 overs.

India A's meltdown started when Coulter-Nile conceded just two singles in the 47th over, tying down Dinesh Karthik. Hazlewood then gave away five off the first five balls of the 48th, and trapped Karthik lbw off the last. Coulter-Nile all but sealed the result in the 49th, removing Rayudu for 70 and Stuart Binny for a duck to go with four dot balls. Sixteen off the final over from Hazlewood was going to be too much for the tail, a sign of how quickly and decisively Coulter-Nile had turned the match.

Lalchand Rajput, the India A coach, said losing Karthik and Rayudu off successive deliveries suddenly derailed the innings but believed the side had a lot to take away from the game. "The wickets of Rayudu and Karthik put a lot of pressure on the incoming batsmen, who had no time at all to get themselves in," Rajput told ESPNcricinfo. "Even if they had had a bit of time, things might have been different. But it was a fantastic game. It is not easy to chase around 300 and we got so close. It is a good learning process for the boys."

Rajput praised Maxwell's big-hitting performance, saying that was the reason he had attracted so much interest in the IPL. Maxwell's reputation as a power-hitter and his all-round ability had earned him a surprise reward in February this year, when he was bought by Mumbai Indians for $1 million in the IPL auction. "We all know how hard he can hit the ball. That is why he went for a million dollars in the IPL. He hit some unbelievable shots. I will not hold anything against my bowlers. They had taken all those wickets and brought us back. We had them at 152 for 8 but it was his day today. "

Maxwell almost doubled Australia A's score with No 10 at the other end. He came in at 122 for 5 in the midst of a collapse following a strong beginning and went on club 18 fours and six sixes.

Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat had prospered against the Zimbabwe line-up in the recent ODI series with the senior India team. Here, they ran into Maxwell, who hit them for three successive boundaries each, Unadkat suffering that fate twice. The third fast bowler, Punjab's Siddarth Kaul - one of the six India A players not to have travelled to Zimbabwe - was taken apart for three successive sixes in the final over, also the costliest of the innings at 23 runs.

This was easily Maxwell's highest List A score, beating the previous one of 61. Maxwell's assault was notable as much for how long it lasted as for the fact that it arrived with only No 11 left to come in. He had just kickstarted his acceleration when he reached his first fifty off 47 deliveries. He needed 19 more of them to zoom to his hundred, and 13 thereafter to end five short of 150.

India A's spinners had brought them back strongly after Cheteshwar Pujara asked Australia A to bat and watched them build their way to 120 for 2, with Alex Doolan and Nic Maddinson steering the innings. Raina began the collapse when he had Doolan caught by Pujara for 30 in the 26th over. Two balls later, Maddinson was bowled by another part-timer, Shikhar Dhawan, for a brisk 52. Dhawan had Tim Paine stumped in the same over, and two wickets in two balls from left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem followed, before Maxwell took charge.

Rohit and Dhawan, who have opened in India's previous three ODI series, set up the chase with a stand of 47. It was Coulter-Nile who broke through, having Dhawan caught behind. The middle order built partnerships all the way down till the death, the highest being 85 between Raina and Rayudu and the lowest 46 between Pujara and Rohit. While Rohit took 87 balls for his 66, Raina and Rayudu made 83 and 70 at more than a run a ball, not allowing the asking-rate to go much beyond eight an over.

After Raina fell to Maxwell with the score on 236 in the 43rd over, Rayudu seemed to have settled matters when he hit the legspinner Fawad Ahmed for successive sixes in the 46th. However, Coulter-Nile was not prepared to give in.

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Posted by mahi678 on (August 11, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

@ all haters of rohit. I also dont like why he is kept on selected even he is not playing well. but he making quiet a few knocks which had given hardly any chance to critisize him. he may fail or may not fail later, but now he is delivering well. whom ever the player and what ever the manner the player plays, we need india to win at the end. good luck and all d best for rohits effort.

Posted by Chris_P on (August 9, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan. We'll agree to disagree as I think the Aussie pace attack is far better as shown by the way they scaled back the Indian late innings. Maxwell excelled, true, but most of the other batsman there have the capabilities & similar games (although not as destructive as GM's). And I agree with you, Maxwell is nowhere near test standard (IMHO) but he is right up there as one of the most destructive T20 players in the game.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

ODI are exciting because of the wire finish. India has a lot of positives to take from the match and figure ou3 how to tame a Maxwell and to be miserly at death while bowling!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

I am really baffled by this repeated rohit bashing. no matter what he does, few of the expert commentators keep finding fault irt strike rate etc. I frst thought of ignoring these dumb-headed ppl, but then its better to give them a dose of their own medicine. To me d ppl who keep criticising rohit r ignorant/new to cricket or really dumb-headed. so go ahead with ur cynical comments bcos this fantastic player is destined to rule indian cricket for years to come. All the best rohit sharma !

Posted by Haleos on (August 9, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

@ Shajahan.P - My point was at this level you need to have enough understanding not to waste precious balls in the last 3 overs. Other had gotten out so the one at the crease has responsiility. You can not say the responsibility to win matches is only on the top order. He is defintely no worth in the top 5. If he is not keeping, I would not have him in the XI. There are much better batsman available.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

India A side should simply be that and not a platform to give senior team players to get used to South african conditions ør give talented but out of form players match practice. It is so unfair to the emerging talent and beats the whole point of A tours.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (August 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha If it was really a flat track then you must really worry because your batsman scored paltry 182/8 against Indian Rookies . And that also answers your first question. It was more of finding new bowlers rather than the batsmen

Maxwell is no Test Quality (I might have angered some Aussie fans here) @Chris_P I would say this India A side is better( in shorter formats) than Aus A side.Take out Maxwell and you can see the difference.I wouldn't read too much in to Maxwells innings either. Fact is there are more positives for India A than Aus A side

Posted by Capricorn60 on (August 9, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

@Rowayton - the reason why you find these well-known names in India's top six in this A team who have played Tests/ODI's recently is because these batsmen have intentionally been chosen to give them some experience of SA conditions before the tour at the year-end. As for our 'young 'uns', our under-19 team has been doing very well, thank you winning series against their Australia, NZ & SL counterparts very recently etc.

Posted by Capricorn60 on (August 9, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Even being objective, some of this Rohit bashing is a bit ridiculous! In the Indian team where your have a number of attacking batsmen, you need atleast one player to try & hold up one end scoring at a decent rate - which Rohit does very ably & clearly has the ability to up his strike rate later, depending on the match situation. If he too batted as aggressively right from the beginning like Dhawan does & got out for a low score, these same detractors will still slag him off! Give the guy a break, folks - you can see how hard he is trying, doesn't give his wicket away cheaply these days & can see how dejected he is when he gets out. For a guy who is so comfortable against pace bowling in overseas conditions, can we really afford to lose such talent???

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (August 9, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

That's more like a full national team for India. I thought A team series were for the up and comers or fringe players?

Must have been a very flat track. How else could Raina have scored runs against quicks like Cummins and Starc?

Posted by Iceman29 on (August 9, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Blade-Runner: our Ind A team is better than ur SL team who solely depends on seniors to win matches...lol,...even our Ind juniors team beating your team in your own backyard....pathetic isnt it..

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

@Shaggy786, " Quite laughable that a team with no paceman" = opinion. WC champions, ICC Champions Trophy winners, #1 in ODIs and #2 in Tests = Fact. India creams the Aussies so often these days, I'm worried the crowds might not even turn up for the bilateral ODI series later this year, which usually happens with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Who knows, the BCCI might just swap Australia with SA. Who'll be laughing then?

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

@Rowayton: You could almost say the same about the Aus A side. Marsh, Finch, Henriques, Paine, Maxwell, Cummins, etc. I guess both teams are rebuilding :)

Posted by sachinisawesome on (August 9, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner Here we go again. India A loses a practice match in alien conditions and you start bashing them. Your team Sri Lanka just lost T20 series at their home against depleted SA and you were giving excuses. Please enlighten us with your invaluable insights about Sri Lankan team as well. Who is struggling to find a single youngster who is international Level. India won CT in England and Dhawan was Man of the Series. he had only played 5-7 matches before that series but still was better than all the batsmen in the series. Mediocre indian bowling bowled out Sri Lanka for 96 in WI. If three failures is a benchmark on which you judge batsmen than I am afraid Sri lanka only has Sangakara who is international level. Rest Sri Lankan players are passengers. Jayawardene scores in every 10 matches. After playing 400 matches his average is 33. Sri Lanka is yet to produce a single batsman whose average is 40. Please look into these facts as well.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Raidu played an exellent innings , due to lack of international quality as well as nervous kept his wk down and that madu Aus win!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

India could have easily win this match if Rohit sharma had got out few overs earlier. His role as opener itself is wrong. No doubt about his talent but now he plays selfish game to cement his place in the team. This is 2013 and someone batting with a strike rate of 60-70 wont help the team.

Posted by kunakrish on (August 9, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

What rohit is thinking ,is the target is 200 runs or what ,his s/r making dhawan,raina to do too much.the dhawan and pujara wicket went because the score was not moving as per required run rate ,well dont tell rohit is playing sensible and can catch up with runrate ,it is a joke .and DK wasted 4 balls and match went away from india A.I dont think DK is playing a finisher role in the team and he is selected as a middle order batsmen.

Posted by CricketMaan on (August 9, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

DK lost yet another oppurtunity to close a game which is now getting into his habit, so did Raina who has done it many time at higher level and Rayudu is finiding his feet at this level which is positive! I pity Kaul for this is the first he is playing at such high level. he and others have plenty to learn. What is disappointing to see is no Mohit Sharma, an ideal chance for him to build up on his international debut and stake a claim in the national side. Shami started his career with optimism but i see shades of Munaf in his progress. He should look no further than RP, Munaf and PK's careers which all seem to be well over at international level for one reason, thier attitude towards fitness and form.

Posted by Rowayton on (August 9, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

Siad it somewhere else - can't remember where - but I'll say it again. I really hope Victoria bats Maxwell at 3 or 4 in the next Sheffield Shield season. He has the ability to succeed if he starts thinking like a batsman who has to score tough hundreds. And that's an interesting India A side - all of the top six have played tests or ODIs for India this year. Where's the young'uns?

Posted by Bub10 on (August 9, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

After M S Dhoni, India's new skipper should be : Virat Kohli (c) C Pujara(this man will be the new wall in odis in the future) should be Virat's deputy..

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 9, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Great fight from team India. They were almost going to win it. Guys will learn quickly and win the cup for sure. BTW, Australian seniors can hire few A team players to give a fight in Ashes.lol.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

India lost their nerve & aussies kept it & won the match. kudos 2 maxwell for such a stunning assault, i believe it was his day. As there is no live streaming of this match, its difficult to envisage what the indian bowlers faltered at the death, but 59 in last four gives a poor picture especially when the opposition is 8 down. Bowling is india's achilles heel with no current bowler having serious pace where the decks are hard. the one's who have a bit of pace breakdown every other match. There r plethora of seam bowling options but they would struggle in unfavourable conditions. Ironically team management, fans, r splititing their hair discussing the batting order while they need 2 concentrate on their bowling options. i think varun aaron should have been on this tour.[probably might b injured.]

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

@Jono Makim. Maddinson has been blitzing first class cricket also with scores of 88 & 90 in the recent four day game and hundreds onthe A tour of England plus a good end to the Shield season in Australia.

Posted by Shajahan.P on (August 9, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

@Mohan krishna, do you knw wat is karthik position in Tamil Nadu batting order for so many year? All bowlers was threatening by Dk and Rohit in the ipl. Yuva cud not play well in 1 match after his come back. I too love yuva but he is end of his career. Yuva may not fit for new ODI rules. Note this, DK will be there for next world cup sure.

Posted by David_Bofinger on (August 9, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Another century for Maxwell makes him look a candidate for the national team. But with Steve Smith playing well there probably isn't room for another batting all-rounder at the moment.

Posted by devil_in_details on (August 9, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

The primary purpose of this trip is to give our batsmen experience of the SA conditions in preparation of the tour ahead (this is unlike the Zim tour where giving new talent exposure was the main objective). That purpose was only partially filled- Shikhar and Pujara need to bat more time. As for Pujara's captaincy, its (i) too early to say anything, and (ii) is irrelevant because we have kohli already ahead in the national captaincy line. Bowling at the death seems to be worry again just as it was the case with india's first choice pace attack. Hope we get some bowling consultant like Waqar to teach our young bowlers the art of conventional and reverse swinging yorkers.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (August 9, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

Batting was never problem for India. In this match lower order batsmen should have done better and win the batch, but its absolutely the bowling department that should be improved a lot. I wonder when Parvez Rasool gets a chance. I dont see international standard in Mohammad Shami. Unadkad is far better than him.

Coming to DK, He works very hard to get into the Indian team, but never could have utilized his chances well in international level. Rayudu is far better player than him and should have given chance to him first.

Rohit sharma:- He is wasting too many balls in the early innings. At least he should rotate the strike and give chance to Dhawan who likes to play shots. Unnecessarily rohit keeping away dhawan from strike and Dhawan is loosing his patience. Pujara also tried to play fast and lost his wicket because of slow rate of Rohit.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

I'm so dissappointed that Rasool isn't getting a game even in the A team and the guy who was not in the indian team for zimbabwe tour plays,this indicates that team management don't think he's a good enough bowler but why select him in the first place.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

Good to see Mumbai Indians' players performing Rayudu, Rohit, Karthik, Maxwell, Coulter-Nile

Posted by FNS18 on (August 9, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

Suresh Raina a veteran of 176 International ODI's is playing in a one day match for India A?? Are we kidding? Why India can't give chance to other youngsters?

Same theory applies to Rohit Sharma.

Posted by Chris_P on (August 9, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

@ Jono Makim. I think our Indian friends are way too harsh with their team. Maxwell, as you well know is capable of this type of carnage against quality attacks when in the mood, the rest of the cricket world are only starting to realize what an incredibly gifted player he is in this format. There would be only a very few number of players who could have done this, Gayle comes to mind, Pollard too, & it doesn't happen that often so when it does you got to sit back & appreciate it. Although I am not a huge fan of T20, it is still a shame Maxwell went to a franchise that doesn't use him the way another team might due to their incredible depth. Good work by Maddinson too, he has the "it" factor in this format, now if only he progresses the same way in first class.........

Posted by Shaggy076 on (August 9, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

Well done to Maxwell but its a bit hard to draw the bow from a 50 over game to a test spot. Although he has now made two tons. He and Maddinson now need to convert this form at the start of the Australian summer in shield cricket and they will be big chances to play in the Ashes in Australia. As far as this innings well get India away from Indian pitches and there bowlers are so friendly, remember we made 4/600 on 3 occasions in the last test series at home. Quite laughable that a team with no paceman are second in the ICC rankings.

Posted by Nampally on (August 9, 2013, 1:36 GMT)

if you look at the score card, one thing that is staring at you is 180 runs given by Shami, Unadkat & Kaul in 26 overs at a economy rate of nearly 7 runs/over!. Clearly these 3 bowlers need to think seriously about their positions in the XI- especially the more experienced bowlers, Unadkat & Shami. Main reason for the Indian loss is right here. Despite this, amazing batting by Sharma, Raina & Rayudu carried India within 6 runs of victory. It is a pity that Raina & Rayudu did not stay there till victory. India is better off going with 3 spinners in Rasool, Nadeem & (Raina + Dhawan) looking at the scorecard again. Today 3 Spinners got 7 wkts. between them.That is one change Pujara & the Selectors need to seriously ponder. Use the seamers at the start(7 overs) & finish(3 overs) of the game. Without B.Kumar or Mohit Sharma, there is no focus on economy by any Indian fast bowler. Maxwell pulverized the Indian seamers!. Can Pandey do any better than these 3 seamers with his exrtra pace?

Posted by class9ryan on (August 9, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

Australia A may have won the two games. But their top-order hasn't fired collectively. This shows there are huge concerns over batting in the domestic circuit for Australia. It is very important that players like Finch, S Marsh and M Marsh become lot more consistent. The Australian batting looks far better than some of the ODI teams in the world on paper and they haven't fired from a long time. We've seen what happened vs Sri Lanka at home.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 9, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: Relax man. Technically, this is only a practice fixture. So wins or losses don't matter. Secondly, India have teams like Australia, SA and England for lunch and dinner in ODIs. Lastly, you talked about SA who have recently lost badly to Sri Lanka away from home except the T20s. Besides, this match was only decided in the dying minutes. A champion team don't repeat their mistakes twice. All this will do is wake up India even more and make them determined to smash the opposition in the next games. You have laughed too early.

Posted by PFEL on (August 8, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

Maxwell is a regular in Aus ODI side, which is why I find it interesting that he's playing here for "Australia A". But then I saw the India A team which contains half the first-choice Indian top order so I guess that's just how they do things these days.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

Well done Glenn Maxwell!!! His last 100 came off 36 balls, that's incredible. Early on he got some some games based on potential but he is now showing more regularly what he can do. He is in top knick heading into the one day series against England later this month. I for one can't wait to see how he goes. Keep it going Oz and keep making a fool of all the doubters!

Posted by AvidCricFan on (August 8, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

Rohit Sharma continues his sedate scoring rate. With this style of batting, he is not helping the team cause specially when faster scoring rate was the need of the day. Karthik's ODI record is sub par. He has scored seven fifty plus scores in 67 ODIs games he has played at a strike rate of under 74 and career average of 28. He can't be in the team as a specialist batsman. Rohit Sharma has slightly better overall performance. However, being an opener requires him to set the pace of the inning. His slow starts put more pressure on batsmen that follows him. India will be better off finding replacements for these two batsmen.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

Choke? This wasn't a WC final, it wasn't even an ODI. Winning is inconsequential, such games are all about individual performances. Great show by Indian batters to get runs in SA conditions. Especially Raina and Rohit. Overall, a good outing for India. Let's hope they make best use of these practice games.

Posted by Mitty2 on (August 8, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

Was this match telivised/broadcasted??? Reading some of the comments I get the impression that many have seen the match.Since when are A games broadcasted?

Agree with @dylanbrah, maddinson needs to be blooded in some form soon.

Hate to say it but... Maxwell has really progressed in this whole A tour and you never know maybe after a couple of shield seasons...

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

India is just too good in ODIs esp their batting, so good collectively! Earlier the team depended on individual brilliance. And yet, yes I know they lost. Fantastic innings by Maxwell. @Pratik Desai, join the brigade. I'm searching for answers too! I've checked the net, checked almost all the channels, checked news reports whether they would let us know. But nop, no answers anywhere. Can anyone let us know which channel broadcasts this tournament?? Its the Tri-series in Pretoria , is it nameless or without sponsors? cos theres no other name! Anyone out there know the answer as to which channel broadcasts this in India??? @ Pratik Desai, please reply if you found the answer!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

Good test for India A..disappointing that bowlers conceded so many runs in last 10 overs...alas a learning curve for the team, I agree with some that Pujara may not have been best choice as CAPTAIN and ROHIT SHARMA perhaps wud have been a wiser choice in hindsight...We need Dhawan to start getting more consistent in opening role, too many rash shots and impatience isnt helping him or the team. Was good to see RAINA and RAYUDU regain some confidence and self belief. Players need to step here, Binny has done it in T20 time for Binny jnr to step up and show his real worth to the team. PAtience is the key, Seamers need to keep to their lines and lengths here.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Great death bowling from our lads, at 8 for 150 in the first innings who would have predicted this finish?!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

@Shajahan it is very ridiculous to support DK , what a great batsman, the equation is very simple to him score 27 from 27.He just wasted the balls. and you are supporting DK for rohit and raina, what DK has done in ipl better than raina&rohit still the best batsman in ipl from INDIA is RAINA. the first one that has to go out from the team is absolutely DK , every one knows that. According to you in what situation he should be sent, may be score 27 runs from 50 overs. he even cant score when the equation is simple then how can he balance the team at the top. He can never be an international player. Mark my word when yuvi comes back he will be thrown out of the team.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 8, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

Poor captaincy and pace bowlers let Oz and Maxwell get away.Unadkat who did well in Zim found going tough against tougher opposition.The Part time spinners were better than the regular bowlers.Two overs from Raina could have been used instead of the pacers.Why was Rasool not used to partner Nadeem. Going in with one spinner was not going to be enough. Anyway some of the batsman got a good outing and captain needs to learn from this game.

Posted by Shajahan.P on (August 8, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

@Haleos. Karthik is not someone who can come at no. 6 in 46th over and finish the match. We have seen lot what he could do after the 1st wkt fall for MI in the ipl.

It is all about Rohit, Raina and Rayudu, the 3 well settled batsman failed to finish the match in favor. Do we still want to test Raina, Rohit, Dawan yet? Who should play in no 5,6? Is it DK, Rayudu's places or Rohit, Raina's places? When we are chasing around 6 runs per over, what should be openers strike rate? This series again looks like saving Raina, Rohit.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

is it broadcasting on television channel? how can I see this match?

Posted by GRVJPR on (August 8, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Now where are those people hiding who keep saying "Raina doesn't have technique". Fact is he puts runs on the board while others get choked!

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (August 8, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

A little unfair on India and Aus calling this a "choke". Batting collapses have been known to happen and Aus A are making a habit of heists like this. The last was a couple of days ago ....with Coulter-Nile's batting playing a part there.

Hope to see Maxwell and Maddinson pushing for Test selection via the senior ODI team soon.

Posted by ramz30380 on (August 8, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

@ Hussain Syed - The selection committee has given a good thought about choosing this side - as rightly said by u, they will be playing in SA in a short while from now. This series more than winning is all about testing these young talents who haven't played in SA soil.

@Blade Runner - It clearly shows that you didnt follow the match. India was well in command till they lost it in the last few overs. Let me remind u that this is India A and not the senior team. You dont have any of the regular bowlers here. I am sure Maxewell wudn't have fared well against a B'Kumar or a Ashwin. So plz dont be judgmental abt this performance. Agreed that Pujara is a bit rusty - he needs more time in the middle to prove his mettle.

This is only the first match, our boys have done decently well. Take out Maxwell's innings, there isnt much in that line up. I am a shade disappointed that M Vijay did not play. U got to play him as an opener..... No harm in resting Rohit / Dhawan and giving him a chance..

Posted by Nampally on (August 8, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

A total mental eclipse of both Karthik & Rayudu negated an easy coast down to victory by India. With 3 0vers to get a run/ball S/R, these 2 were cruising along merrily. Then first Karthik fell LBW to Hazelwood & then unnecessary slog of the first ball by Rayudu! 16 runs in 2 overs was achievable even if they scored a run off every ball from coultier-Nile & get the rest from the other end bowler off the last over. Mental alertness is so crucial. When well set batsmen get out via a mental cramp, the team loses. On the other hand Maxwell carried the Aussies single handedly from 152 to 298 with a glorious 145 off 79 balls. Pujara & the XI selectors need to use some common sense in XI selection. Where are the 5 bowlers with ODI experience in the team? Pandey, Nadeem & Rasool are leading wkt, takers in Ranji. I expected Shami & Unadkat opening + Pandey the 3rd seamer. 2 obvious spinners are Rasool & Nadeem- both economical. A strong batting side was let down by the bowlers + mental cramp.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

A good point is arising here about captaincy of Pujara. I think Rohit or Raina should have been given leadership for ODIs atleast as Pujara dont have experience of ODIs. He played only 2 matchest against huge numbers of Rohit & Raina. Today when Aussie went on to make 298 after 180/6, definately leadership comes on radar. I think Rohit should have given the opportunity concidering his better form in last 12 matches than Raina. Pujara may concider for 2 unofficial testes which are there after ODIs. Undue tenssion only gets him out today. All Rohit, Raina & Rayudu got out exactely right time. Rohits dismisal I think was the turning point as he got out runout. Asusual our death bowling went for huge runs. I will not say immediately about DK, Binny etc as this is totally new traks, new place and understangly anybody needs a bit time to settle down. We cant expect from anybody instant 4s & 6s coming at the end of the inning. Anyways. Just a mirginal loss today. All the best for toms SA game

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

very dissapointing

Posted by Capricorn60 on (August 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Again Indian bowlers have shown the inability to polish off the opposition tail. You can't keep on expecting our batters to compensate for this inherent weakness & still win - the difference in this match came down to the Aussies having a couple of genuine quickies in their line-up who had the ability to take a burst of Indian wickets towards the end & we having just medium-pacers who just couldn't finish off their tail. This clear weakness in our end-of-innings death bowling has been clearly & sadly seen once again! We might have to pray Zaheer Khan is fit in time for Test series in SA!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

@blade runner: Mate India dominated the whole mach for you information....they lost it in last few overs

Posted by StarHawk on (August 8, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Disappointing to see India choke in a match that they should've won. First of all, Australia should've never got to 290 odd after being 180/8. Along with poor bowling and some awesome hitting from Maxwell, Pujara's captaincy wasn't impressive. Well, why is he even the captain? What happened to Raina, who was Team India's captain in the absence of Dhoni, or Rohit, who led Mumbai to IPL Championship...or Karthik, who has led Tamil Nadu & Delhi Daredevils several times. Also, this game reinforced the fact that Rohit Sharma is not the ideal candidate to open the batting in ODIs. He was batting too slow, and only started to free up after his fifty. Even when the required rate was over 7, he kept playing out dot balls after dot balls. He keeps getting starts, and sometimes 50s and 60s, but takes way too much time, and doesn't finish the job. This leaves others with too much to do. He has played over 100 ODIs and still doesn't know how to pace an ODI innings..Raina & Rayudu are the positives!

Posted by Dev-Mitra on (August 8, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Rohit Sharma keeps surprising me. Every time I gear myself to write something negative, he performs. The last few months have been good for him. Rahane on the contrary must be scratching his head trying to figure out how to clone himself as Rohit. What does he have to do to make it to the first playing 11? Hope good lesson learned from this game.

Posted by Rohit-Sen on (August 8, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Reminds me of the days when he did not have a certain MSD... That's how we would do in close matches... If Karthik had even an iota of doubt regarding why MSD is the main keeper-batsman in the team and he is not, guess he has the answer. Good high scoring game... Must have been a quality match.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (August 8, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

A big show from Mr.Big Show. :) Maxwell hit boundaries off Indian pacers like riding a bike. 123 runs from last 10 overs. LOL What a mediocre bowling unit India have. I'm not sure they even know what death bowling means. As predicted Dhawan seems to be struggling on challenging pitches. Pujara is only good at home. He even failed in Zimbabwe. And these are the guys who will be facing Steyn, Morkel n Philander in the test series. lol G'luck !!!!

Posted by 2009SHAMZ on (August 8, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Awesome from Maxwell, has shown the talent but today he took the India A attack apart. maybe time for Aussies to consider him again! good work by Raina, Rayudu undone by COulter-Nile's heroics!!!

Posted by VJGS on (August 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Wow! So this is why he went for $ 1M at the IPL Auctions!

Posted by DylanBrah on (August 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Also, Nic Maddinson will be in the Aus team very soon... he has been just superb on the A-tour... he just keeps performing consistently. Perhaps blood him in the ODI series after the Ashes?

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Why was India playing so many players that are members of their full strength team? What on earth are players like Raina, Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Karthik doing playing for the A team?

Posted by DylanBrah on (August 8, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Maxy should be a short form specialist for a few years while he develops his game in in the Sheffield Shield, like Andrew Symonds for example. I don't want him near the Test side at the moment, he is not ready.

Posted by Chris_P on (August 8, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

@Mayank Srivastav. Huh? How can you be superior & still lose? You lose with the sum total of your overs not 1, 2, 3 or 4 overs. Australia won because they scored more runs & this happened because they either bowled better or batted better than India, in other words, they were more superior overall on the day. It's a very easy game to understand & play, the better team on the day usually wins.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

@ Mayank Srivastav

There was a player who can work with the bat at no. 7 but sadly he was warming the bench. I am clueless Nadeem was given preference ahead of Rasool & that too in a limited overs cricket. It is senseless decision. I am worried about Kaul & Shammi as Ishwar Pandey is the only option remained. IND A should have won this match. They allowed to escape this match from their own hand.

Posted by Sarangarajan on (August 8, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

May be it will take few more matches for INdia to give chance to Parveez Rasool.Why is not even tried now that Jadeja is not in the team.Give him chances and allow him to display his skills that propelled him in to the team .Amazing he still continues to warm up the benches

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 8, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Nothing to take credit form Oz but too much casual approach by IND A. KD Kartik is MOM. 47th over made a turnaround. @Jose Binny is nowhere near class but I feel he should be ahead of KDK. Rasool is still on the bench whereas no. 7 to 11 are useless with bat. All the good work from 3R (Rohit, Raina & Rayudu) went in vain. Same approach was seen while bowling and allowed opponents to build nearly 300 from 7/137. NM Coulter-Nile made the difference. Good work OZ....2 in 2.

Posted by anshu.s on (August 8, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Oh yeah it was a choke allright, from 283 for 5 to 291/8, but seriously Indian tail starts at number 8, those who know Indian domestic scene will vouch for the fact that Shami,Kaul,Unadkat may be not so much Nadeem are all Quintessential no. 11 batters !!! well these A tours are not only about the final result but about process and player development and putting in individual performances.

Indians had there little fun and picnic in Zim but this is real African safari, so many times i commented that Indians should have been braver and batted first and rotated more in Zim series but no they went for safety first...

I am intrigued how young Aussie batters are so good in shorter formats , i know white balls flatten out sooner than red ones but this is not about technique but about mental adjustment, may young Aussie batters just like some of the Indian ones feel more confident about there shorter format game ..

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

This match proves again how important MS Dhoni is for the team at no.7.We lost this match just because we were missing quality all rounder at no.7. It also proves the worth of Jadeda. India played much better cricket than oz. They were dominating through out the match. There difference for India was the last 4 over during their batting as well as bowling. But there is no doubt that India were superior during most part of the match.

Posted by Shridharan.S on (August 8, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

India A fought well but not good enough.The difference was the death bowling.The Austalians had variety in their attack and good back-up variations.Nathan Coulter-Nile was very impressive and could be an International cricketer for the Aussies.I have seen a lot of impressive performance from him in domestic cricket back home in Australia.He is also a very good batsman lower down the order.He can just provide the kind of impetus that a team needs during the slog overs with his cameos.Australia are in need of a seam bowling all rounder and in my opinion Nathan Coulter-Nile fits that bill perfectly.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

death bowling seems to be the main problem for India.Maybe time to bring in balaji and patha

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

Maxwell is only 24. Coulter-Nile is only 25. For Australia, good investments for the future; if administrators, coaches and captains handle them right.

Posted by correctcall on (August 8, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Nice one Maxi - just a bit more negative cricket Karma for Srini.

Posted by ProdigyA on (August 8, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

I have enough of these guyz Rohit and Dinesh Kartik. Rohit for batting so lazy in a chase of almost 300 and DK for loosing a winning match.

Posted by Chris_P on (August 8, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

@Jono Makim. I have seen Maxwell on afew occasions at the SCG. He is nowhere near being a test class spinner, not even a top rate first class one. He is a dynamic batsman but patience & application is something he lacks for the top level & unless he plays many games he won't pick it up. He appears to be thriving in the shorter format games, & I for one, would pay to watch him play. I really doubt he he has it within him to succeed at the highest level in tests, but I'll own up if he proves me wrong.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

The selection of Indian pacers is baffling. Goodluck to all the teams. Today's loss is hard to digest.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

So close; and yet so far. The most significant difference is the death bowling. Look at the last 4 overs Aus - A bowled at Ind - A. That is death bowling for you! In contrast, look at the last 4 overs Ind-A bowled. They were suicide bowling!

The absence of a decent all-rounder (like Sir RJ) was also severely felt. Binny is not world class. Neither is Shammi a world class bowler, let alone an all-rounder.

Credit goes to Hazelwood & Coutier-Nile! No doubt about it! The way they collared the well set Rayudu, and the man in form DK was the turning point.

With the resources in hand, India-A team do not have to feel down-cast either. The way they chased a near 300 was admirable. But Aus removed Rayudu & DK in two consecutive balls by two different bowlers! That was something which need to be applauded.

Posted by Haleos on (August 8, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Karthik does not deserve the chances he is getting. He is the main culprit for todays loss. Why does he have to lay out 4 dot balls in 48th over and then get out.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

49th over. Double wicket maiden. That's death bowling! Hope our Indian pacers are watching and learning!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

@Jose, yes, I really love bowling allrounders, as generally they don't have too much to fear with the bat! Australia, if they can develop some of their bowlers may just have 3 or 4 seriously good ones in a few years time. No doubt Starc, Patto and Agar can all bat, but all of them need to get their bowling up to scratch first.

@Chris_P, i'm not so sure that Maxy can never be a test cricketer, he has time on his side in that regard. I think you are right about Henriques, good form in the last shield comp, did well in India too I thought, again, probably needs more time but I think he is just about at the stage where he can only take the final step to being a test cricketer by getting out there and playing test cricket! Good to see him on all these tours as it seems our better shield players only seem to get half a dozen shield matches in these days before being called up to national duties in the second half of the season. Makes it hard to develop international players.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

why pujara gets to be the captain??

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

@Jono Makim on (August 8, 2013, 14:02 GMT). Yes; I see your point. And agree with you. Hope he succeeds. Will be a welcome addition to the new generation of spinning all-rounders.

For a long time, there was a false notion that all-rounders ought to be fast bowling all-rounders (Botham, Imran, Hadlee, Kapil et al). I would like to see at least one each (of world standard) of both types (to suit different kinds of pitches we start seeing all over the world) in every national team. Good luck to Glenn.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (August 8, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

I am rooting for rayadu. Hope he does well

Posted by Chris_P on (August 8, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

@sidzy. Go look up last Australian season's statistics & you'll see why Henriques should have been in England ahead of Watson. @The_Wolvarun. As a short form player he is among the best in the world, as a test player, forget it. Too bad he didn't get into another IPL franchise for he is as dynamic as any player in the world, really, Indian fans have missed out a lot from his rare appearances with Mumbai.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Overshadowed by Maxwell's slaughter show was another fine innings from Maddinson. Aye, 'tis List A and it's still very early days yet in his career but I would back him to be in the Test side within the next 2 - 3 years.

Posted by TheCricketLady on (August 8, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

I choked on my coffee! Well done Maxy, keep this up and you'll be out of the A side in no time - talent deserves the big stage!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

@Jose, pretty simple, he just isn't ready for test cricket yet. Encouraging signs with him making two centuries in the last few weeks, but for all the talent he possesses, he still has a long way to go before fulfilling his ability.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

To those who say, that Pujara is only a test match player & not good enough for the short formats... Look at his strike rate after 32 overs: 87 % - marginally more than the big hitter Raina. In comparison, both Dhawan & Sharma had a strike rate of 75% , when the got out!

Posted by Webba84 on (August 8, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

Now do it again against good bowlers and you'll be in the Aus side in no time.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Rohit Sharma again performed beautiful 66 runs. Just got runout.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

@Jon Makim. How come, Maxwell is not in England, helping the senior national team? Would love to see him almost skinning the star bowlers like Swann & Anderson! That is, if he can.

Posted by sidzy on (August 8, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Well done X-factor Maxy A player to watch out for in 2015 world cup, Nick maddison also going in right direction but i can'nt understand henriques position even in AUS A

Posted by DylanBrah on (August 8, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Keep working on those off breaks Maxy, because you can be a handy player in the short formats.

Posted by The_Wolvarun on (August 8, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Great knock mate, knuckle down get a few more like these prove yourself to the selectors of Australia as absolutely no position in the Australian Test line up (apart from Michael Clarke's) is cemented.

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