Australia A outplay India A by 10 wickets, claim series
Failing to put up any fight against a rampaging Australia A, India A suffered a 10-wicket loss in the second unofficial ‘Test’ to go down 0-1 in the two-match cricket series on Saturday.
Starting on their overnight score of 267 for six, the Cheteshwar Pujara-led side crashed to 274 all out as pace spearhead Gurinder Sandhu (4-76) wiped the India A tail within the first half hour of the fourth and final day’s morning session at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Sandhu turned on the heat after sending back overnight batsman Shreyas Gopal (0) without troubling the score and then picked up Varun Aaron (1) and dangerman Baba Aparajith (30) in his next couple of overs to flatten India A hopes. Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe picked the final wicket, of Shardul Thakur (4), to turn in with impressive figures of 4-88.
Needing 61 for a win, openers Cameron Bancroft (21 not out) and Usman Khawaja (41 not out) completed the formalities in double quick time.
Apart from Sandhu and O’Keefe, who bagged 5 and 6 wickets respectively in both the innings, Bancroft was the star for the visitors with a crucial 150 in the first innings. Australia A rode on Bancroft’s patient ton to post 349 in response to India A’s 135 all out to clinch a vital 214-run lead.
Unmukt named India A captain for tri-series
Batsman Unmukt Chand was on Saturday appointed India A captain for the upcoming ODI cricket tri-series involving Australia A and South Africa A. Karnataka batsman Karun Nair has been appointed Unmukt's deputy as the All-India Senior Selection Committee picked a 15-member squad.