SA A go down to Indians

2014-07-23 07:38
Justin Ontong (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Dhawal Kulkarni took five wickets for 54 runs to lead India A to an emphatic 70-run win over South Africa A when they met at Gardens Oval in Darwin, Australia on Tuesday.

All four teams have recorded a win in the A-Team Quadrangular One-Day series which also features Australia A and the National Performance Squad (NPS).

The South Africans were restricted to 256 after they were set a target of 327 despite a five-wicket haul from Marchant de Lange (5/64). Monoj Tirwary and Manish Pandey were denied centuries by De Lange, who removed them for 93 and 91 respectively.

Unmukt Chand narrowly missed out on a half-century when he was dismissed by Simon Harmer for 47, while Ambati Rayudu added 32 off 20 balls to round off the notable performances of the innings. India finished their allotted overs on 326/7.

In reply, Reeza Hendricks (52) was the only batsman to reach the half-century mark as he and Heino Kuhn (36) shared a 54-run opening stand. Skipper, Justin Ontong scored 48 off 40 balls to help recover the side after losing Rilee Rossouw and Vaughn van Jaarsveld for 14 and nine respectively. Ontong went on to share a 64-run, fifth-wicket partnership with Farhaan Behardien (24) before Kulkarni sent the latter back to the hut.

South Africa could not rustle up another major partnership to stem the falling wickets, losing Harmer for 10, but De Lange and Aaron Phangiso shared a commendable 35-run partnership for the eighth-wicket before Kulkarni struck again. His fifth wicket came when Kagiso Rabada was stumped for a single, seeing South Africa all out for 256.

The visitors will look to bounce back well on Thursday when they take on Australia A at Palmerston. It will be a tough match as the hosts suffered a tough 52-run loss to the NPS on Tuesday.

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