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 it 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.
Brief Scores: Australia ‘A’ 346 & 213 vs India ‘A’ 505 & 55/4.