Perth:India Under-19 team rounded off their Down Under tour with a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia colts in the second three-day match here on Tuesday, but by virtue of victories in two one-dayers and one three-day game, they managed to pocket the series 3-2.
The visitors won two out of the three limited over matches and then beat the Aussies in the first three-day game by nine wickets in Hobart to win the Under-19 International series between the two sides.
However, in the final day of the second and final three-day match on Tuesday, the Indian bowlers ran out of steam after taking three quick Australian wickets in the first session.
Speedster Harshal Patel raised visions of a shock win for India, snaring three wickets for 32 runs in the morning but Mitchell Marsh batted with great discipline and scored an unbeaten 69 to help Australia reach the required target of 108 runs without any late hiccups.
Chasing 127 for victory, Australia resumed their innings at the overnight score of 19 for no loss, but soon found themselves in a tight corner at 4-40 before Marsh and Joel Garrett put on a unbeaten 90-run stand for the fifth wicket to see the hosts home.
The Indian boys were shot out for 165 in their first innings and were hardly impressive in their second essay by managing only 184.
Earlier, Australia colts declared their first essay at 223 for seven which meant they need just 127 for a win.
Mayank Agarwal was adjudged Player of the Series for his exploits with the bat. The 17-year-old Karnataka lad made 379 runs at an average of 75.8 in his six innings