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Manoj claims 5 to sink Australia A

Darwin: Manoj Tiwary picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in List A cricket with his part-time leg-breaks as India A thrashed Australia A by five wickets in Thursday’s quadrangular series match, here.

The Australians’ middle order crumbled as Manoj took five for 34 to bundle out the hosts for 228 runs. Ambati Rayudu (77), Kedar Jadhav (52) and Sanju Samson (49 not out) then made significant contribution with the bat as India A overhauled the target with 13 balls to spare.

The two teams will clash again in the final on Saturday by virtue of being the top two sides.

Australia A made a solid start after openers Marcus Stoinis (58) and Phillip Hughes (58) put on a 78-run stand. Spinner Akshar Patel broke the partnership by accounting for Stoinis, but Peter Nevill (23) provided good support to Hughes.

Things changed dramatically when Manoj dismissed Nevill in the first ball of the 29th over.

Hughes and Nevill had added 48 runs for the second wicket when Manoj had the latter stumped.

In a fantastic spell, he went on to take five wickets and in the process reduced Australia A from 126 for 1 to 180 for 6. Manoj accounted for rival captain Cameron White, Hughes, Tom Cooper and Alex Doolan.

Patel was also impressive, taking three wickets for a mere 30 runs in 9.4 overs.

India A’s start was shaky as they lost Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa and Manoj with the scorecard reading 38 for three inside 13 overs. Rayudu and Jadhav then resurrected the Indian innings with a 101-run stand for the fourth wicket.