India 'A' vs Australia A: Glenn Maxwell stars as Indians stumble to 7-run loss

Fifties from Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu went in vain as Indian 'A's lower middle order faltered in death overs in a 299-run chase. Earlier, Glenn Maxwell starred with a 79-ball 145 not out.

updated: August 08, 2013 21:15 IST
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India 'A' batsmen failed to hold their nerves during slog overs as they lost to Australia A by seven runs in an exciting opening encounter of the tri-series tournament between 'A' teams in Pretoria on Thursday.

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell's magnificent unbeaten 145 off 99 balls helped Australia score a stiff 298 for eight as Cheteshwar Pujara decided to field after winning the toss.

In reply, India were restricted to 291 for eight despite half-centuries from opener Rohit Sharma (66), Suresh Raina (83) and Ambati Rayudu (70). Australia got four points from the match and took their tally to eight points from two matches.

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