Five wickets for Ashton Agar drove Australia A through to the one-day ‘A’ tri-series final as they beat India A by three wickets in Chennai today.An 80-run partnership at the death between Callum Ferguson (45 not out) and Adam Zampa (54) ensured Australia A chased down India’s total of 258 with nine balls to spare.
Australia A was due to play South Africa A today but the match schedule was swapped around after a number of South African players were hospitalised yesterday due to illness.
Australia A will now play South Africa A tomorrow and look to extend their unbeaten streak, with the final between the top two teams scheduled for this Friday 14 August.
Earlier today, India A made 258 for nine after winning the toss and electing to bat. Mayank Agarwal (61) and Manish Pandey (50) top-scored for the hosts, while Agar picked up 5 for 39.
In reply, Travis Head (45) and Chris Lynn (63) set up Australia’s run chase early but Indian spinners Karn Sharma (3 for 45) and Axar Patel (1 for 45) bowled well in the middle overs to put the game back in the balance.
At 178 for six, Zampa joined Ferguson in the middle and together put on a composed run-a-ball partnership to guide Australia A to their third consecutive victory for the series. Zampa was bowled by Sandeep Sharma with one run needed for the win, leaving Ferguson to hit the winning runs.
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