India A wins quadrangular series in Australia

India A defeated Australia A by 57 runs in the final to win the quandrangular series that also featured South Africa A and the Australian National Performance Squad. India A has now claimed the last three ‘A’ series, defeating Australia A on each occasion in the final.

Mandeep Singh Top score, India A v Australia A, Quadrangular series final, 2016

Mandeep was named Player of the Match for his 108-ball 95 in the final against Australia A on Sunday.   -  R.V. Moorthy

India A won the quadrangular One-Day series, thrashing Australia A by 57 runs in the final clash here today.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India A put up 266/4 in its 50 overs before bowling out the host for 209 in 44.5 overs.

Mandeep Singh was the star of India’s batting performance with a 108-ball 95, which was laced with 11 hits to the fence. Mandeep, who was named Player of the Match, combined with captain Manish Pandey (61) to steer India to what turned out to be a winning total.

Shreyas Iyer contributed 41 runs to the team's total. Australia had four wicket-takers with one scalp each.

In reply, Cameron Bancroft (34) and Nic Maddinson started well, but it was Yuzvendra Chahal (4-34) who was the ultimate winner from the innings, taking key scalps and bringing the game India A’s way.

Australia A skipper Pete Handscomb (43) combined with Alex Ross (34) to edge closer to the total, but the back end of the game went completely in India A's favour as it claimed the last five wickets for just 26 runs.

India A has now claimed the last three ‘A’ series, defeating Australia A on each occasion in the final. The other two teams in the series were South Africa A and the Australian National Performance Squad.

Brief Scores:

India A: 266 for 4 in 50 overs (Mandeep Singh 95, Manish Pandey 61, Chris Tremain 1-42).

Australia A: 209 in 44.5 overs (Peter Handscomb 43, Yuzvendra Chahal 4/34).