India colts beat Australia in three-day match

April 13th, 2009 - 6:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Hobart, April 13 (IANS) India under-19 defeated Australia by nine wickets on the final day of their three-day match at the Bellerive Oval here Monday.
Australia middle-order batsman Mitchell Marsh, son of Geoff Marsh, made a brilliant 109 in the second innings, which went in vain.

In the morning session it was West Australian Marsh that made the play for the home side as the tall right-hander went on to register his first century of the series as the hosts were dismissed for 228 chasing quick runs. It left the tourists with only 118 to get from 62 overs which they got with relative ease for the loss of only one wicket.

It was a chanceless innings from Mitchell, whose 123-ball innings was studded with 11 fours and a six.

Although obviously disappointed with the loss, Marsh noted it was a good consolation to score an international hundred.

“It was obviously good to get a few runs, just a shame we couldn’t get a few more on the board and really put some pressure on them later today,” said 17-year-old Marsh.

“It was good to hit them reasonably well and get some time out there to work out the spinners and have a game plan against them and hit the ball well.”

Marsh received good support on day three from Nic Maddinson (42) and Tom Triffitt (28), before Indian opener Mayank Agarwal (62 not out) and Avi Bharat (52 not out) finished off the day with brisk half-centuries to seal the win for the visitors.

Earlier, Harshal Patel was the pick of the Indian bowlers snaring 3-32 from his 8.1 overs of medium pace.

The series now moves to Perth for the final two matches and Marsh said he is looking forward to playing on his home ground.

“Hopefully, we can head to Perth now and have a couple of wins,” Marsh said.

“I’ve played a few games there on the WACA, not big games, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and hopefully the decks are good and the outfield is obviously excellent so hopefully we’ll be in for some good cricket.”

Australia trail three-nil in the series, however, Marsh said there was still plenty of opportunities to be had in Perth and the team would be looking to finish on a positive note.

“I think just with our bowling and fielding we’ve got to be a bit more consistent,” he said.

“When you’ve got batters like Mayank Agarwal and Mandeep Singh and those types of batsman you just can’t afford to bowl bad deliveries and the only way to get players like that is to keep the pressure on to force the error.

“It’s been amazing to watch and to think that they’re the same age as us and they hit the ball so cleanly and they know where they’re going to hit it every time, one’s just got to watch. Unfortunately we were on the receiving end a bit though.”

Marsh said he was looking forward to the change of scenery.

“Hopefully there’ll be a bit in the pitch in Perth, I think there’s been a bit in the pitch throughout the Sheffield Shield season and I think if we can bowl consistent lines and get rid of those bad balls every over then they’ll hopefully make some mistakes and we can have a win,” the all-rounder said.

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