In the ongoing tri-nation tournament in South Africa, India A beat the home team. In the final fixture, India A slogged the home team by seven wickets to nick the tri-series title. The visitors scored 270, bolstered with the unbeaten score of 140 off Shreyas Iyer and the knock of 72 off Vijay Shankar. South Africa was slogged at 267 losing seven wickets in the earlier. Farhaan Behardein smashed a century of an unbeaten 101 runs. Dwanye Pretorius scored a half century of 58 runs. India’s inning has the partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Vijay Shankar brought 141 runs. South Africa A bowlers could only take three wickets.
In the first inning, Behardein knocked the century defying India’s attack. In the inning Shardul Thakur and Siddarth Kaul shared five wickets. The former knocked 3 wickets, while the latter had 2. The bowlers attacked South Africa’s frontline batsmen to dismantle the top order. The team fell losing 3 wickets for 32 runs in nine overs. It was only when Pretorius knocked boundaries the inning caught some momentum. He scored 58 off 61 balls. He knocked five fours and two sixes. However, India’s attack could not dismiss Behardien who remained unbeaten with his century knock until the end.
In the chase was more chaotic in the beginning. The team lost two early wickets, the openers, by the sixth over. India A started the winning stretch from 20 for 2. Shreyas Iyer and Shankar on strike, the chase caught a good momentum. After Shankar fell for 72, Manish Pandey blitz a striking inning filled with boundaries. He struck 11 fours and four sixes in his 131-ball 140. India won the match with 19 balls to spare. Pandey and Iyer partnered for 109, remaining unbeaten. Pandey won the Player of the Series title for his hefty knocks in consecutive games. He scored unbeaten 93 and 86 in previous matches apart from the knock of 55 in the first match of the series.
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