Cape Town - The second encounter between South Africa 'A' and India 'A' ended
in nail-biting fashion, as India clinched victory by one
wicket in match five of the One-Day Triangular Series at Tuks Oval in
Pretoria on Thursday.
The hosts posted a competitive 266 runs in 48.2 overs thanks
to a outstanding innings by Heinrich Klaasen which saw him smash 127 runs in
108 deliveries after they were put in to bat first.
The knock, which dug the
hosts out of early trouble when they found themselves on 20/3 in six overs,
featured 12 fours and three sixes.
South Africa had lost Henry Davids (14), Jason Smith (4) and
Reeza Hendricks (1) cheaply when Klaasen was joined by captain, Khaya Zondo.
The pair put on 43 runs for the fourth wicket before the skipper was defeated
by a good delivery from Siddarth Kaul (3/41) at the start of the 13 over.
The wicket-keeper/batsman did not allow that to deter him however, he
spearheaded his next partnership with Dwaine Pretorius (17) as they added 63
runs for the fifth wicket, but it was the 111 runs from 118 deliveries that he
put on for the sixth wicket with Wiaan Mulder (66) that made the difference.
The 19-year-old was the perfect complement to Klaasen as
they battled out the rampant Indian attack.
He played a patient knock while
Klassen retained the role of the aggressor before Krunal Pandya (1/44) got the
breakthrough, ending the centurion’s reign.
After that, Aaron Phangiso and
Junior Dala could only add six and one respectively as Kaul and Shardul Thakur
(4/35) picked the rest of the batsmen off.
Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson top scored for India in their
reply to South Africa's total.
The former was unbeaten on 93 off 85 balls (five
fours, two sixes) while the latter hit 68 (90 balls) at the top of the innings,
giving the visitors a stronger start in their hunt for the winning runs.
contributions came from Pandya (25) and Rishabh Pant (20), but their progress
was stifled by the bowlers, led by Tabraiz Shamsi (3/55) and Dala (3/56).
A late drizzle of wickets in the last six overs saw the end
of Yuzvendra Chahal (17), Pandya and Kaul (0), but Pandey held his nerve
through cramp and, along with Mohammed Siraj (2*), guided their side to victory
with two balls to spare.
The hosts' last group match will be against Afghanistan 'A'
this Saturday, 5 August at the same venue before they take on India in the
series final on Tuesday, 8 August.
All matches will be streamed live at www.cricket.co.za.
South Africa 'A' team:
Khaya Zondo (Dolphins, captain), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Henry Davids
(Titans), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans, wk), Farhaan Behardien
(Titans), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions),
Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras), Junior Dala (Titans).
SA 'A', Afghanistan ‘A’ and India 'A' Triangular Series Remaining Fixtures
Saturday, August 5 - South Africa 'A' v Afghanistan 'A' - Day match
Tuesday, August 8 - South Africa 'A' v India 'A' - Final