Darwin: Kedar Jadhav rescued India A after a top-order collapse to guide them to a three-wicket win over Australia’s National Performance Squad (NPS) in their fifth match of the ongoing quadrangular series, here, on Tuesday.
Set a target of 235, India A ended with 238 runs for the loss of seven wickets in just 39.5 overs, after being reduced to 63 for five at one stage. Winning inside 40 overs also helped India A get a bonus point and maintain their lead at the top of the table. The Indians have won four of their five matches so far and are on 19 points, followed by Australia A, who have 17 points.
Already in the final, it seems India A will face Australia A in the decider.
Jadhav smashed 87 off only 53 balls and added 112 runs for the sixth wicket with Sanju Samson (55 not out) to take India A to victory from a compelling situation. Jadhav hit 11 boundaries and four huge sixes, off leg-spinner James Muirhead, during his innings.
Samson, on the other hand, curbed his natural stroke-play during his 80-ball knock, hitting six boundaries in the process. Muirhead, who played for Australia in the World T20 earlier this year, was the top wicket-taker for NPS, but he was also the most expensive of the lot, conceding 92 runs off his 10 overs.
For India A, Rahul Shukla and Rishi Dhawan scalped two wickets apiece.