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Australia A Captain Travis Head speaks after loss to India A

Travis Head
Travis Head
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Australia A has fallen to a five-wicket defeat to India A in the opening match of their quadrangular series in Bangalore.

Captain Travis Head won the toss and elected to bat, however Australia A was bowled out for 151 in the 32nd over.

Head (28) and Ashton Agar (34) were the only Australians to pass 20 with the bat.

D'Arcy Short (15), Usman Khawaja (13) and Michael Neser (18) made starts, while 15 runs from Mitch Swepson in the lower order took the tourists past 150.

Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj (4-68) and off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham (3-31) claimed multiple wickets for India A.

In reply, Jhye Richardson picked up three early wickets and Ashton Agar one, as the hosts found themselves in trouble at 4-29.

But Ambati Rayudu (62 not out) and Krunal Pandya (49) marshalled the chase for India A, reaching their target for the loss of five wickets in the 39th over despite a determined Australian bowling effort.

Richardson finished with 3-27 from seven overs, while Agar claimed 1-37 off 10.

Australia A will now face South Africa A on Saturday at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium starting at 9am local time.

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