Pretoria, Aug 10: India A bounced back from their opening 7-run loss to Australia A as they defeated hosts South Africa A by 18 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method) in the tri-series here on Friday (August 9).
Again it was the batting might of India that was on display. Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu hit their second successive half centuries in a mammoth total. Shikhar Dhawan too had a fifty in a match marred by rain.
Due to rain, the game was reduced to 38 overs per side. South Africa A captain Justin Ontong won the toss and invited India A to bat. The visitors made the most of it to post a big score of 309/5 in 38 overs.
In reply, South Africa A were 258/5 in 34.4 overs when rain returned. The hosts needed to be 276/5 for D/L par score. With no further play possible, India A were ahead by 18 runs on the D/L method and won. Dean Elgar was the highest scorer for the hosts with 84 (72 balls, 7x4, 2x6).
Dhawan was the top scorer for India A with 85 off 67 balls with 10 boundaries and 3 sixes. His opening partner Rohit made 65 off 65 (5x4, 2x6). The opening stand was worth 140 in 19.5 overs.
Raina played an aggressive knock of 60 in 34 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes. Rayudu (57, 38 balls, 5x4, 3x6) too was in a hurry and their performances took India A past 300.
Captain Cheteshwar Pujara failed for the second time in the series, scoring just 9 at number three position.
Parvez Rasool, who did not get a game during the recently concluded Zimbabwe ODI series, took 2/47 in six overs. Shahbaz Nadeem too had two wickets while Jaydev Unadkat took one.
India A's next match is against Australia A tomorrow (August 11). The final is on August 14.
India A 309/5 in 38 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 85, Rohit Sharma 65, Suresh Raina 60, Ambati Rayudu 57, Dinesh Karthik 18 not out, Hardus Viljoen 2/65, Justin Ontong 2/27) beat South Africa A (Dean Elgar 84, Vaughn van Jaarsveld 69, Rilee Rossouw 47, Reeza Hendricks 30, Parvez Rasool 2/47, Shahbaz Nadeem 2/49, Jayadev Unadkat 1/39)