Quadrangular Series 2018, Day-4: Round-Up

Quadrangular Series 2018, Day-4: Round-Up

Having won both the games that they have played in the tournament, India B now sit on the top of the points table.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal of India A. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

India A met India B in Alur on the fourth day of the Quadrangular series. In the other game that was played on the day, Australia A were up against South Africa A in Bengaluru. With yet another defeat South Africa A became the first team to be knocked out of the tournament. Both the games witnessed some amazing individual performances.

Mayank Agarwal, with a 124 for his team, India B stole the show on this day. Also, both Australia A’s skipper Travis Head and South Africa A’s skipper Khaya Zondo scored centuries in the other game. But, Australia A ended up being the better among the two teams. Having won both the games that they have played in the tournament, India B now sit on the top of the points table. Here is how things progressed on this day:

India A vs India B – Match 7

India A won the toss and opted to bat first in this game. They made no changes to the XI for this game while India B roped in D Jadeja in place of Jayant Yadav. However, despite winning the toss, India A failed to capitalize. Most of their batsmen looked to be troubled in their stay out there in the middle. Ambati Rayudu was yet again the leading run scorer for the team with 48 runs off 75 balls. Sanju Samson and Krishnappa Gowtham got 32 and 35 runs respectively while no other batsman crossed 20 runs. The side was all out for 217 runs in 49 overs. Prasidh Krishna was the top performer with the ball picking up 4 wickets.

It was quite a fluent chase for India B. Mayank Agarwal was brilliant with 124 off just 114 balls. His innings included 14 fours and 3 sixes with some beautiful strokes all around the ground. He made the life of the other batsmen much easier with this special innings. Ishan Kishan opened the innings for India B instead of Shubman Gill in this match. Both of them scored 25 and 42 runs respectively. Agarwal got out 14 runs short of the target. Skipper Manish Pandey ensured that he was out there in the middle till the end and got his team over the line with the help of a 35-ball 21 with about 9 overs left.

Brief Scores:

IND A: 217/10 in 49 overs (Ambati Rayudu 48, K Gowtham 35, Prasidh Krishna 4/50)

IND B: 218/3 in 41.1 overs (Mayank Agarwal 124, Shubman Gill 42, Khaleel Ahmed 2/33)

Result: India B won by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Mayank Agarwal

Australia A vs South Africa A – Match 8

Travis Head won the toss in this game and had no hesitations to bat first. Although Usman Khawaja failed with the bat, his opening partner D’Arcy Short was impressive with 49 off 56 balls. The standout batsman in the innings was Head who scored 110 off 117 balls and he was well supported by Marnus Labuschagne (65 runs off 67 balls). Matt Renshaw with 42 off 29 balls and Ashton Agar with 17 off just 4 balls finished things off as the Aussies put up 322 runs on the board for the loss of 5 wickets.

South Africa A had a good start in the chase. The openers Sarel Erwee and Gihahn Cloete scored 37 and 50 runs respectively. However, other than the skipper Khaya Zondo, no one else played a worthy inning. Zondo was the lone warrior and fought until the end to win the game for his team. But, with no support from the other end, he was left stranded out there in the middle as he scored 117 runs off 104 balls before he was run out. The Aussie spinner choked the run flow in the middle overs with Mitchell Swepson picking up 3 wickets.

Brief Scores:

AUS A: 322/5 in 50 overs (Travis Head 110, Labuschagne 65, Sisanda Magala 2/59)

RSA A: 290/10 in 48.4 overs (Khaya Zondo 117, Gihahn Cloete 50, Mitchell Swepson 3/40)

Result: Australia A won by 32 runs

Man of the Match: Travis Head

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