5th Match, Bengaluru, Aug 23 2018, India A Team Quadrangular Series
(38.3/50 ov, target 152)
India A won by 5 wickets (with 69 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
IND-A Innings
Full commentary

Rayudu, man of the match: wicket was tough to bat on. I had to take my time and fight it out. Happy to have passed my yo-yo Test. Happy to put it behind me

Head:Not a great day with the bat but I thought we fought hard with the ball and on the field. Preparation was good, we trained well and had clear plans. The wicket spun quite a bit.

Iyer: Lucky toss to lose. Would have batted first as well. Expected the pitch to be flat but it suddenly started turning. Happy for the guys picked in the Test squad, especially Prithvi Shaw to be selected at that age. We've played for Mumbai together so good to see him there.

3.10pm That is that. Ambati Rayudu, who had missed the ODI tour to England after failing a fitness test, has marked his return to action with a match-winning fifty for India A against the Australians at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He came in at 21 for 3, then saw his side slump further to 29 for 4, but combined with Krunal Pandya for a 109-run stand to rescue the chase. Pandya nicked off with his side 14 runs away from victory, but Rayudu eventually sealed the game.

Short to Rayudu, 1 run
Rayudu races down the track, manufactures a full-toss and clubs it away to the right of deep midwicket
Short to Rayudu, no run
uses his feet and forces a short ball straight to mid-on
Short to Rayudu, no run
on a length and fizzing away outside off, defended off the back foot
end of over 3813 runs
IND-A: 151/5CRR: 3.97 • RRR: 0.08 • Need 1 run from 11 overs
Ambati Rayudu61 (104)
Nitish Rana11 (4)
Ashton Agar10-1-37-1
D'Arcy Short1-0-2-1
Agar to Rayudu, 1 run
tossed up and spins away outside off, Rayudu aims to go inside-out, instead he hits it straighter to long-off to level the scores
Agar to Rana, 1 run
back of a length on off, presses forward and dabs gently to cover
Agar to Rana, SIX runs
much slower through the air outside off, Rana gets underneath the length and launches it straight over the sightscreen
Agar to Rana, FOUR runs
overpitched and outside off, Rana leans into a drive and sends the ball purring away to the cover boundary
Agar to Rayudu, 1 run
Rayudu uses his feet and drives a single down to long-off
Agar to Rayudu, no run
pushed through on off, nudged to the covers
end of over 372 runs • 1 wicket
IND-A: 138/5CRR: 3.72 • RRR: 1.07 • Need 14 runs from 11 overs
Nitish Rana0 (1)
Ambati Rayudu59 (101)
D'Arcy Short1-0-2-1
Ashton Agar9-1-24-1
Short to Rana, no run
pitches on off and breaks away past the outside edge this time

Nitish Rana. He just wants to make big runs, as he told Akshay Gopalakrishnan last year

Short to Pandya, OUT
Short lobs one up on off stump, and gets it to spin away from there. Since it starts on off stump, Pandya has to play at it. He wafts and edges it to first slip. Top ball from Short. No fifty for Pandya
KH Pandya c Handscomb b Short 49 (89m 66b 4x4 0x6) SR: 74.24
Short to Rayudu, 1 run
fuller and outside off, Rayudu drags the ball away to deep square leg with a flat, hard sweep