India 'A' clinch the tri-series after a 50-run win over Australia A in the final at LC de Villiers Oval in Pretoria. Catch all the highs and lows of the match, as they happened.
20:15 (IST) That's it India 'A' win, beat Australia A by 50 runs to clinch the tri-nation series. Australian tail-ender Fawad Ahmed is the final wicket to fall, via a run out in the 47th over. Australia all out for 193 in 46.3 overs. Tim Paine top scored with 47 for the Australians as Shahbaz Nadeem took 3 for 34.
19:50 (IST) AustraliaA are 175 for 8 after 44 overs, with another 69 to get from 36 balls. Tim Paine 47*, Gurinder Singh Sandhu 13* battling it out.
19:33 (IST)Eighth Wicket - Shahbaz Nadeem gets another one and India close in on a win. Josh Hazlewood is out stumped. He made 30. Aus A 148/8 (39 overs), still 96 to get from 11 overs.
19:24 (IST) 37 overs gone, Australians are 136 for 7. Josh Hazlewood 29*, Tim Paine 26* have added 49 runs so far. Still 108 required from 13 overs.
19:00 (IST) 30 overs gone and Australia A are 106 for 7. Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine at the crease. Still 138 required from 20 overs.
18:45 (IST)Seventh Wicket - Shahbaz Nadeem gets another one, this time its right-handed fast-bowling all-rounder Nathan Coulter Nile, who came down the track and misses the turn only to get stumped. He made 5. Josh Hazlewood is the new man in, batting along with Tim Paine. Aus A 98/7 (26 overs), need 146 more to win.
18:31 (IST)Sixth Wicket - Moises Henriques tries to go for a cut shot but is caught by Raina in the slips as Shahbaz Nadeem picks up his first wicket of the day. Aus A 78/6 (21 overs), target 244.
18:20 (IST) After few quiet overs, Moises Henriques breaks the shackles by hitting part-time off-spinner Shikhar Dhawan for two sixes in the 19th over. Aus A 76/5 after 19 overs, need another 168 runs from 31 overs.
18:06 (IST)Fifth Wicket - the Australians are creating a hara-kiri here as Mitchell Marsh is run out for 2. Australia A 56/5 after 15 overs. Tim Paine and Moises Henriques at the crease.
18:01 (IST)Fourth Wicket - Ishwar Pandey strikes and Nic Maddinson is out for 7. Aussies 52/4 after 13 overs, need another 192 to win.
17:57 (IST)Third Wicket - Big scalp for Suresh Raina as Glenn Maxwell is gone. Maxwell could not clear mid wicket in an attempted big shot off the off-break bowler and is caught by Pujara at the position. Aussies 51/3
17:49 (IST) Right-arm fast medium bowler Ishwar Pandey gets a harsh welcome to the bowling crease by Glenn Maxwell, who hits him for a four and six in the 11th over. Australia 49/2 (11 overs), target 244.
17:40 (IST) Second Wicket - and Mohd Shami is at it again. Shaun Marsh is dismissed for 11 as the left-hander goes for a big shot, trying to clear mid on but is caught by Cheteshwar Pujara. Aus A 34/2 (8 overs), need 210 more to win from 42 overs.
17:31 (IST)First wicket for India 'A' as Aaron Finch is bowled by Mohd Shami for 20. Aus A 30/1 after 5 overs.
17:18 (IST) Suresh Raina, who is surprisingly opening the bowling with Shami, has been hit for 10 runs in his 2nd over. Aus A 30/0 (4 overs), need 214 more to win.
17:11 (IST) First four of the Aussie reply, courtesy Shaun Marsh who drives Mohd Shami to third man for four in the first over. Australia A 5/0 (1 over), chasing 244 to win.
17:09 (IST) So all set for the reply, Mohd Shami to open the attack for India 'A', Australia A skipper Aaron Finch takes strike.
16:55(IST): This is the second lowest total in the tournament. Earlier on August 10, while chasing South Africa A's 252, Australia A were dismissed for 233. Otherwise the series has been a high scoring one. In the other matches against Australians, India A batsmen came close on both occasions while chasing. In the first, they scored 291/8 while chasing 299 and in the second they got 285 while chasing 311.
All-out for 243! Shami Ahmed for 3 was cleaned up by Josh Hazlewood while Coulter-Nile removed Parvez Rasool (5 off 18) to dismiss the Indians within 50 overs. Coulter-Nile took 3/35 in 9 while Hazlewood took 3/31 in 10.
WICKET! Ishwar Pandey cleaned up for 1 by Nathan Coulter-Nile. India A not getting any sort of momentum at the fag end also. 241/8 in 48 overs.
WICKET! Wriddhiman Saha departs! caught by Maxwell bowled by Moises Henriques. India A slip deeper into trouble at 236/7 in 46 overs. Parvez Rasool and Ishwar Pandey on the crease now.
WICKET! Rayudu goes! He scored a slow 34 from 49 balls before being clean bowled by Josh Hazlewood. In comes Parvez Rasool. 231/6 in 45 overs.
16:08(IST): Rayudu (32 off 46) breaks the shackles but that may not be enough on what is a flat wicket in Pretoria. A four off Sandhu's first ball of his 6th over, 5 singles after that. India A 225/5, 43 overs. Saha on 25 off 34.
16:01(IST): Saha (16) and Rayudu (28) dealing in singles and doubles. No boundary in sight as India A look to end strong. 212/5 in 41 overs.
15:51(IST): Not much movement for India, last two overs just costing 8 - a couple of leg byes included. 202/5 in 39 overs.
15:41(IST): Rayudu, who has been in decent form, taking the charge. Hitting Coulter-Nile for a boundary, albeit an edgy one. Otherwise gone a bit quiet in Pretoria. 194/5 in 37 overs.
15:32(IST): A couple of fours by Ambati Rayudu - one each off Marsh and Fawad Ahmed. Rayudu on 11, Wriddhiman Saha on 3, India A 180/5 in 34 overs.
WICKET! Suresh Raina dismissed lbw by Nathan Coulter-Nile. A yorker by the Aussie and hit on the pads, goes for 17. India A in trouble at 169/5 after 32 overs.
15:20(IST): Suresh Raina manages a four - sweep to fine leg - off Fawad Ahmed, other wise a tight one. India A 166/4 in 31 overs.
15:16(IST): Mitchell Marsh bowls a tight over, just three off it. Rayudu and Raina look to recover from the double blow.
15:09 (IST):WICKET! Dinesh Karthik gone. Karthik has been cleaned up by Coulter-Nile for 73, who bowls a wicket-maiden. Ambati Rayudu joins Suresh Raina. India A 158 for 4 after 29 overs.
15:04(IST): Finally some respite for India A, Raina hits a boundary off Henriques to break the shackles. 158/3 in 28 overs, Karthik on 73, Raina on 10.
15:00(IST): Now, Nathan Coulter-Nile bowls a tight one. Just 2 runs off, India A 152/3 in 27 overs. Karthik on 72 off 72 balls, Raina on 5 off 12.
14:57(IST): A couple of quiet overs after Dhawan's departure. 6 runs coming off the two overs by Maxwell and Henriques. Raina getting his eye in while Karthik looking to bat on. 150/3 in 26 overs.
14:53(IST): WICKET! Moises Henriques gets the big one as Shikhar Dhawan departs for 62 off 65. Played away from his body and keeper Tim Paine takes a fine catch. India A 144/3 in 24 overs as Suresh Raina walks in to join Karthik.
14:42(IST): Fawad Ahmed almost bowled an over without a boundary, hit for four off the second last ball by Shikhar Dhawan ruins it though. 141/2 in 23 overs. Dhawan on 62, Karthik on 66.
14:38(IST): All going well for India A right now. Fawad Ahmed's second over went for 7 as Karthik hit a boundary. The diminutive batsman then hit another one off Henriques' next. 133/2 in 22 over. 100-run partnership too comes up for the pair.
14:34(IST): After a brief quiet spell, Karthik and Dhawan roll on. One four each in the last three overs - off Henriques, Maxwell and now Fawad Ahmed. India A still scoring at almost 6-an-over. 125/2 in 21 overs, Karthik on 59, Dhawan on 54.
50 for Dinesh Karthik! A four off Glenn Maxwell brings a fine fifty for the wicket-keeper batsman. He has been struggling for form off late though. India A 118/2 in 20 overs.
50 for Shikhar Dhawan! A single off Henriques was enough to get 'Gabbar' to the landmark off 51 balls. India A 108/2 in 19 overs.
14:25(IST): Maxwell's 3rd over costs 5 runs as Dhawan, Karthik score runs in singles. India A 100/2 in 18 overs.
14:19(IST): Just four runs off Henriques' over, Dhawan approaching another fifty, on 47 now. India A 95/2 in 17 overs.
14:12(IST): May be not easy to play the slower bowlers in Pretoria as Glenn Maxwell bowls a maiden over to Dinesh Karthik. Drinks on the field in the final. India A 91/2 in 16 overs.
14:10(IST): Moises Henriques comes on and three runs off his first over. No boundary in an over in a 'long' time. The pair have recovered well after early jolts - Dhawan on 44, Karthik on 35. India A, 91/2 in 15 overs.
14:04(IST): Pakistan origin player Fawad Ahmed, who has been on the brink of a Australia cap for sometime now, hit for a couple of fours by Dinesh Karthik as India A recover from double blow. 11 runs off Ahmed's first over, India A now 88/2 in 14 overs.
14:02(IST): Dhawan has been quiet for a while but came into the act in Sandhu's over, hit a four as the pair amassed 8 off it. Indians 77/2 in 13 overs.
13:57(IST): Another over, another boundary by Dinesh Karthik. Nathan Coulter-Nile's second ball off his 3rd over blasted to long on. 7 runs coming off it. India A 69/2 in 12 overs.
13:54(IST): Dinesh Karthik hitting a boundary almost every over. This time Gurinder Sandhu at the wrong end of the stick. Overall 8 runs off the over. India A 62/2 in 11 overs, Karthik on 16, Dhawan on 35.
13:49(IST): Karthik gets another four off Coulter-Nile, India A 54/2 in 10 overs. Dhawan on 33, Karthik on 10.
13:45(IST): DineshKarthik hit a four off the impressive Hazlewood's 5th over's first ball. Just a leg bye after that. India A 48/2 in 9 overs.
13:39(IST): Nathan Coulter-Nile comes in and Dhawan hits a four off his over too. He is now on 32 off 25, India A 43/2 in 8 overs.
13:35(IST): A four off Maxwell's penultimate ball by Dhawan and then a maiden over by Josh Hazlewood to Dinesh Karthik. India A 39/2 in 7 overs.
13:28(IST): WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara departs too, caught by Aaron Finch, the skipper, bowled by Glenn Maxwell. He scored just 1 off 8 balls. India A in trouble at 34/2 in 5.1 overs.
13:24(IST): Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara has joined Dhawan in the middle. Just one run coming off Hazlewood's 3rd over. India A 34/1 in 5 overs.
13:20(IST): Shikhar Dhawan going berserk meanwhile. Three back-to-back boundaries off Sandhu to motor along - one driven to covers, then past deep extra cover and then down to thirdman. India A 33/1 in 4 overs, Dhawan on 24 off 15.
13:14(IST): WICKET! Rohit Sharma goes. The right-hander is trapped lbw by lanky Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood for 6. He had just smashed a four past deep extra cover earlier in the over. India A 20/1.
13:12(IST): Another four by Dhawan and overall 7 runs off Indian origin player Gurinder Sandhu's over. India 16/0 after 2 overs.
13:06(IST): Shikhar Dhawan has hit a boundary and a triple, both on drives in the first over by Josh Hazlewood. India 9/0 after 1 over.
13:05(IST): In the 6 games played so far in 'A" tri series at Pretoria:
Total runs: 3654
Overs: 558.5 ov
Runs/Over: 6.54 (via Mohandas Menon's official Twitter account, @mohanstatsman)
12:38(IST): India A have won the toss and chose to bat against Australia A in the final.
Ind A team: Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammad Shami Ahmed, Parvez Rasool, Ishwar Pandey, Shahbaz Nadeem. No Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Jaydev Unadkat and Murali Vijay today. Rohit, Rayudu, Saha and Shami did not play the last match against South Africa A, which India won.
Aus A team: Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Tim Paine, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Gurinder Sandhu, Fawad Ahmed.
12:32(IST): Meanwhile, India vice-captain Virat Kohli believes that Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma has the ability to lead the Indian team.
"He (Rohit) has tremendous cricketing brain. I often take his advice during matches," Virat let out a secret when asked as to who apart from him and Dhoni has the ability to lead the India team. (Full story)
12:30(IST): He might have missed out on the world record for the highest list A (limited-overs cricket) score, but India A batsman Shikhar Dhawan is not complaining and is to be only the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to score a double hundred in a 50-over game.
"I was aware of the record and it felt really special to score these runs," Dhawan told bcci.tv after India A's 39-run win over South Africa A, which took them to the tri-series final against Australia A. (Read story)
12:19(IST): While South Africa A skipper Justin Ontong described Shikhar Dhawan's hurricane 248 at TUKS Oval in Pretoria on Monday as watching a "highlights package" as India A stormed into the final of the tri-nation competition after Dhawan's double ton set up a 39-run win against the home team, Australia 'A' skipper Aaron Finch is optimistic of his team's chances ahead of their final against India 'A' at the TUKS Oval today.
"When we arrived here this was our goal so I'm really happy we have come so far. I think between us and India we have played more consistently well and we're looking forward," he said, speaking after their final practice.
12:08(IST): Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin says he is impressed by Indian cricket's newest batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan but his real test will be against South Africa at the end of the year.
"Shikhar's real test will be against Dale Steyn in South Africa. He is a good player to watch as he has a high-on-handle stance. A lot like Allan Lamb or Mark Waugh -- the players of our generation", Azhar said. (Read story)
12:07(IST): Out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir has openly admitted that his statemate Shikhar Dhawan has "raised the bar" for him and all others with his stupendous performance at the international level.
Gambhir, who is fighting to make a comeback into the India side, heaped praise on Dhawan, who smashed second highest individual List A score of 248 against South Africa 'A' on Monday. (Read story)
12:06(IST): A confident India 'A', boosted by Shikhar Dhawan's brilliant double century, will take on their consistent Australian counterparts in what promises to be a high-scoring tri-series final on an absolute featherbed at the LC de Villiers Stadium here on Wednesday.
India have lost both their round robin league matches against the Australians by close margins but Cheteshwar Pujara and Co. will hope that 'Law of Averages' catches up with the opposition side. (Read match preview)