Mandeep Singh stroked a brilliant 95 while Yuzvendra Chahal claimed four wickets to help India ‘A’ clinch the Quadrangular one-day series, thrashing Australia ‘A’ by 57 runs in the final, at Harrup Park in Mackay, on Sunday.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, India ‘A’ posted a healthy 266 for four in their 50 overs before bowling out the hosts for 209 in 44.5 overs.
Mandeep was the star for India with the bat as he played a splendid innings of 95 from 108 balls, which was laced with 11 hits to the fence.
Mandeep, who was named Player of the Match, combined with captain Manish Pandey (61) to put on 83 runs for the third wicket and steer India to what turned out to be a winning total.
Opener Shreyas Iyer chipped in with a vital innings of 41 to help the visitors rally after the early dismissal of Karun Nair (1).
In reply, Cameron Bancroft (34) and Nic Maddinson started well, but it was Yuzvendra Chahal (4-34), who turned the match in India’s favour by taking key scalps.
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 the tourists favour as they claimed the last five wickets for just 26 runs.
India ‘A’ have won 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.
India ‘A’: 266-4 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).