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Australia A beat India A by 10 wickets to clinch series 1-0


India A vs Australia A

Chennai: Australia A defeated India A by 10 wickets in the second unofficial Test on Saturday, thus clinching the two-match cricket series 1-0. The Cheteshwar Pujara-led side failed to put up any fight as they crashed to 247 after starting from their overnight score of 267 for six.

India A lost their last four wickets for just seven runs as pace spearhead Gurinder Sandhu (4-76) wiped the India A tail within the first half hour of the fourth and final day’s morning session at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Chasing the paltry score of 61, openers Cameron Bancroft (21) and Usman Khawaja (41) achieved the target in just 6.1 overs.

Apart from Sandhu and O’Keefe, who bagged 5 and 6 wickets respectively in both the innings, Bancroft was the star for the visitors with a crucial 150 in the first innings.

The first Test had ended in a tame draw after Australia A were not able to achieve the target of 240 on the final day. India A will now play a tri-series involving Australia A and South Africa A, which starts from August 5.