India A snatches win in final hour, levels series 1-1

Shreyas Iyer's side chased down 55 in the last 30 minutes on day four to clinch thriller against Australia A.

As the fourth day's play commences, India-A has the upper hand in the second unofficial Test against Australia-A.   -  Sudhakara Jain

Welcome to Sportstarlive's live coverage of the second four-day Test between India A and Australia A.

We witnessed a thriller at Alur on day four. After bowling out Australia A for 213, India barely had 30 minutes to chase down 55.

The host lost four wickets for 25, but still managed to get to the target.

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4.47 pm: Bawane pulls one towards midwicket for a thrilling win! India A has won by six wickets to draw level in the two-Test series. What a finish!

4.44 pm: India A needs just five more to draw level in the two-Test series. The light's fading rapidly here in Alur. There's rain in the air but Ankeet Bawane is a man on a mission.

4.40 pm: Bawane has just swept Tremain for a superb boundary. The equation now reads: 16 off 16 balls.

India A 39/4

4.37 pm: India A 33/4. They need 22 runs to win in 3 overs. Bawane and Samarth are at the crease.

4.35 pm: That's wicket No. 4 for Australia as Bharat's little cameo, too, comes to an end. Australia A are bowling themselves to safety here.

India A 25/4

4.24 pm: The field-placing, here in Alur, is as open as they come. Australia has a lone cover fielder inside the circle and as we speak, K.S. Bharat has just pulled Neser over deep square-leg for six before cutting him past backward point for four.

India A 22/3

4.20 pm: K. Gowtham joins the procession and India are panicking here at Alur. India A is 11/3.

4.15 pm: Shubman Gill departs to leave India tottering at 10/2. K. Gowtham is in next.

4.10 pm: Next man in for India - Ankeet Bawane. India A 5/1 after the first over. 50 to win off 42 balls

4.05 pm: OUT! Bowled'em. Shreyas Iyer is out and India is one down for 4.

3.55 pm: Shubman Gill to open with captain Shreyas Iyer. The duo has 48 balls to chase down 55 and draw level in the two-Test series. Neser with the new ball.

Mitchell Marsh only has two fielders inside the 30-yard circle - cover and mid-wicket, rest all manning the ropes.

3.45 pm: Australia A all out for India A set a target of 55. They have 27 minutes/8 overs to chase down the required runs.

3.40 pm: 9 down!  Gowtham traps Neser in front.  Australia A leads by 52 with one wicket left.

3.30 pm: GONE. India introduces pace after 41 overs and Chahar gets rid of Tremain to leave Australia tottering at 206/8

3:10 pm: Australia cross the 200-run mark, leading by 42 runs. Tremain has joined Neser.

2.45 pm: GONE! Mitchell Marsh departs for 36, K. Gowtham bowling him through the gate. Australia A 197/7. The lead is now 38.

Cricket Australia has not named a vice-captain for the Pakistan series, yet. However, Mitchell Marsh, leading Australia A in the four-day Tests, is the frontrunner in the race to be Tim Paine's deputy.

Chris Tremain will be disappointed after his snub. Tremain bowled with pace and aggression in Alur, picking up three wickets at 2.41 in India A's first innings. He was the joint highest wicket-taker with spinner Ashton Agar.

 

2.15 pm: At the end of 78 overs, Australia-A 185/6 with Mitchell Marsh 29 off 68 balls and Michael Neser 9 on 39 balls in the middle.

1.34 pm: Another one bites the dust, Agar has to depart courtesy some great glove work by Bharat. Australia A 166/6, lead by 7.

1.25 pm: Handscomb has hit one straight to the fielder at midwicket. Kuldeep gets the breakthrough. Australia A 160/5. The visitor leads by 1.

1.10 pm: Peter Handscomb reaches his half-century, a fighting knock so far from the keeper-batsman. Handscomb, though, won't be on the plane to UAE when Australia takes on Pakistan in the two-Test series next month. Australia A 150/4.

12.58 pm: At the end of 59 overs, Australia A has moved to 143/4.

12.35 pm: The break seems to have done good for India. Wonder what's in for lunch. India strikes! Another one goes down, Marnus Labuschagne departs for a duck, caught at slip by Shubman Gill off Deepak Chahar. Australia A 117/4

12.30 pm: Shahbaz Nadeem strikes, at last. He pushes Head back in the crease, and the ball deflects off the thigh pad on the way to R. Samarth at leg-slip. Australia A 116/3, Head departs for 47.

Australia's team for Pakistan series announced.

Peter Siddle is back into the team while Glenn Maxwell has been dropped. Nine of the 15 players to tour Pakistan are here in Alur, playing for Australia-A.

 

11.34 am: Lunch time at Alur. Our correspondent, Ayan Acharya from Alur says: At Lunch, Australia A is 107/2. Travis Head on 40 and Peter Handscomb on 32. A spin-heavy session which saw only 70 runs being scored, more importantly, Australia didn't lose a wicket.

11.30 am: 100 up for Australia-A in the 49th over. Just 11 boundaries and one six so far. Head and Handscomb, though, seem to be growing in confidence here. Australia A 102/2.

11.24 am: Australia 98/2 in 46 overs with Head on 39 (114) and Handscomb on 24 (100) in the middle.

11.04 am: 50-run partnership up for Head and Handscomb. Gowtham and Kuldeep operating at the moment. Kuldeep either bowling too full or too short. Plenty of chatter from the Indians though. Aus 88/2.

10.45 am: At drinks on day four, Australia A are 62/2. Head and Handscomb hanging on. Nadeem bowling Nine overs on the trot from one end. It's an all-out spin attack from India this morning.

10.26 am: Australia is slowly building up here. The mountain is high to climb. At the end of 33 overs, Australia-A on 62/2. Head is on 19 (38) while Handscomb on 8 (74). Handscomb has shown great grit and resolute here.

10.07 am: Some luck for Australia here. Shreyas Iyer cannot hold on to a one from Head.

 

9.55 am: At the end of 25 overs, Australia has crawled to 44/2 with Travis Head on 6 and Peter Handscomb on 4 in the middle.

9.30 am: A bright sunny day at Alur, as play resumes on day four. K. Gowtham and Nadeem bowling in tandem - slip, short-leg, short mid-wicket and leg-slip crowding Travis Head and Handscomb. Aus A 41/2.