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India U-19 lose final one-dayer in Aus

Source: PTI
April 17, 2009 19:27 IST
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Mayank Agarwal's 37-ball 60 was in vain as Australia Under-19 registered a 15-run consolation victory over their Indian counterparts in the final one-dayer of the three-match series, in Perth, on Friday.

Opting to bat, the Australians accumulated 276 for 7 in 50 overs, thanks to Jason Floros's 59-ball 70 and Joel Garrett's 52 off 47 balls, before skittling out the Indians for 261 in 47.3 overs at the WACA.

India had already secured a 2-0 lead after winning the first two encounters.

Chasing a target of 277, the Indians suffered an early jolt in the form of opener Mukul Dagar (11), but soon recovered as Agarwal and Mandeep Singh (30) produced 48-run second wicket partnership.

Mayank, India's most consistent batsman on the tour, continued his splendid run as the visitors cruised at 82 for one, before losing three quick wickets for just 40 runs.

Mayank, who wielded his willow at will over the opponent bowlers, struck the ball out of the ground on 11 occasions, including for four huge sixes, before paceman Sean Abbott dismissed him in the eleventh over.

But other Indian batsmen following him failed to deliver at the time of need. Sufiyan Shaikh scored a defiant 57-ball 61 and Harpreet Singh (33) as the Ashok Maneria-led side was restricted.

Earlier, skipper Tim Armstrong joined hands with his opening partner Mitchell Marsh to give Australian team a solid 69-run partnership, before Maneria's direct throw found him short off the crease on 39.

Unmoved by the jolt, Marsh, who struck seven boundaries, then paired with Travis Dean (21) to stitch a second-wicket partnership of 35 runs before Indian medium pacer Harshal Patel's delivery uprooted his stump.

Then the Australians suffered a mid-innings slump but the Indian bowlers squandered the advantage as Garrett and Floros drafted a timely recovery with 118-run partnership to help their team post a fighting target of 277.

Floros hit seven fours, including twice through the aerial route before Mandeep Singh pouched him off Harshal Patel's delivery. The Australian also found an able ally in Garrett, who adorned his innings with four fours and a six.

The Indian bowling department was clearly suffering from lack of consistency and failed to make much impact on the opposition batting, except when they scalped four wickets for just 11 runs but only to lose the sheen soon.

Among the Indians, Patel and spinner Kundan Singh bagged two wickets each, while left-arm bowler Gagandeep Singh managed one.

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