Pretoria - Half-centuries by Shikhar Dhawan (85*), Rohit
Sharma (65), Suresh Raina (60) and Ambati Rayudu (57) set up a 18-run win via
the Duckworth/Lewis method for India A in their second match of the triangular
one-day series against South Africa A at the Tuks Oval on Friday.
The rain interrupted match ended due to bad
light that preceded more rain in the late afternoon.
overs were reduced to 38 per side after the start of play was delayed by the
uncharacteristic showers for this time of year in the region.
posted a magnificent 309/5 after being asked to bat by South Africa, with
Dhawan leading the run-scoring with a superb knock of 85 off 67 balls. Hardus
Viljoen and Justin Ontong took two wickets each, but could not stem the rapid
flow of runs.
reply, South Africa managed 258/5 before the match was called to a halt by the
umpires. Reeza Hendricks and Riley Rossouw shared a 78-run opening partnership
before Parvez Rasool struck twice in the 11th over, removing them both for 30
and 47 respectively.
Dean Elgar and Vaughn van Jaarsveld
restored the innings, sharing a 149-run, third-wicket stand before the latter
was bowled by Shahbaz Nadeem for 69.
lost his wicket for four in the 33rd over, followed by Elgar an over later for
Vilas (12*) and Roelof van der Merwe (4*) were just settling in when thunder
clouds rolled in, bringing an end to the proceedings.
was disappointed that his side was unable to complete their innings and fight
all the way to the last ball. He believes that anything is possible in the game
of cricket and a special innings from one of his batsmen could have changed
their fortunes. “We
had four more overs and needed around 50 runs. Anything is possible and on this
wicket I believed we were still in with a good chance,” he said.
admitted that a poor bowling performance upfront cost them unnecessary runs.
think we had a bad start with the bowling, too many loose balls upfront got
them off to a flyer and put us on the back foot,” he continued.
“To chase 300 runs in 38 overs was always
going to be a tough ask but Deano (Elgar) and Vaughn (van Jaarsveld) played
very nicely. In the end it wasn’t enough.”
will be business as usual for them as they take on Australia A in the second
round of the series on Saturday.
will continue to give it our best shot no matter what the odds look like.
Tomorrow is an important game for us and we will give the Aussies a run for
their money,” Ontong concluded.