Bengaluru: Ankit Bawne’s 18-ball-28 ensured a thrilling six-wicket victory for India A against Australia A in the second ‘Test’ after Krishnappa Gowtham and Kuldeep Yadav set-up with fine bowling performance.
The two-Test series ended 1-1 with Australia winning the first game.
The match went down to the wire as India A dismissed the visitors for 213 in their second innings with off-spinner Gowtham getting 3/39 and chinaman Kuldeep ending with 3/46.
Needing 55 to win eight overs, India A sent Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill to open the innings but both were dismissed cheaply.
Bawne guided the team to victory after Kona Bharat hit a six and four but India A were reduced to 25 for 4.
With Australia A spreading the fielders to the deep, Bawne changed the course of the match with 16 runs off Chris Tremain’s fifth over.
Earlier, starting the day at 38 for 2, Australia A were comfortably placed at 116 for two with Travis Head (47) and Peter Handscomb (56) adding 79 for the third wicket. However once Head was dismissed by Shahbaz Nadeem (2/67 in 41 overs), the last six wickets fell for 73 runs.
However Mitchell Marsh (36, 79 balls) and Michael Neser (17, 112 balls) but consumed nearly 16 overs.
Australia A 1st Innings 346/10
India A 1st Innings 505/10
Australia A 2nd Innings
KR Patterson b Gowtham 04
MT Renshaw c Chahar b Nadeem 19
TM Head c Samarth b Nadeem 47
PSP Handscomb † c Nadeem b Kuldeep Yadav 56
M Labuschagne c Shubman Gill b Chahar 00
MR Marsh (c) b Gowtham 36
AC Agar st †Bharat b Kuldeep Yadav 03
MG Neser lbw b Gowtham 17
CP Tremain c Samarth b Chahar 01
MJ Swepson c Chahar b Kuldeep Yadav 03
B Doggett not out 01
India A 2nd Innings
SS Iyer (c) b Neser 03
Shubman Gill b Tremain 04
AR Bawne not out 28
K Gowtham c Patterson b Neser 01
KS Bharat † c Neser b Tremain 12
R Samarth not out 05
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