Jack Wildermuth, a versatile 24-year-old from Queensland, Australia, has made a victorious way for the country against India B on a quadrangular tour of Aussies in the subcontinent by hitting the last ball of the innings to cross the ropes.
As Australia needed 19 Runs in the final over to beat India’s revised 247 according to Duckworth-Lewis Method, Wildermuth took a step toward an unlikely win that sent Australia A to the big ball.
The first two balls of the final over gave twos, and on the third delivery bowled by pacer Prasidh Krishna, Wildermuth hit it across the fence for a boundary. Wildermuth made a double in the fourth and hit four more on the fifth ball, leaving five runs to win for the last ball of Krishna.
All that Australia A needed to qualify for the final was a double on the fourth ball, but Queenslander thought that striking the ball into the stands at the mid-wicket and winning the game was much easier, and that’s exactly what he did.
The start of young Bulls star ended with 62 of 42-ball not-out; however, he wasn’t the only one who added maximum runs on the board. The Australian striker Usman Khawaja, also made his contribution with his century, walking down as an opener.
It was important to kick-start for Khawaja in the tour after play of 13 and 10 in the two previous games against India A and South Africa A. Peter Handscomb and Carey Alex went back to pavilion with a duck out, so did Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head, but the last two batsmen made some significant efforts with the bat in the earlier games, and have runs on their boards.
Earlier in the game, after the hosts batted first after winning the toss, Manish Pandey, of India B, hit an invincible hundred against the Australian squad.