Aug 12, 2013
Opener Shikhar Dhawan struck a swashbuckling double century to take India A to a commanding total of 433 for three in 50 overs in their tri-series tournament match at the LC de Villiers Oval in against South Africa A at Pretoria on Monday.
Dhawan toyed with the bowlers as his incredible 150-ball knock of 248 runs included 30 shots to the fence and seven hits that cleared the ground.
After winning the toss, India A skipper Cheteshwar Pujara elected to bat. South Africa A’s misery began from the very first ball as the left-hander drove a full-length delivery to the long-off boundary for a four. Giving Dhawan company at the other end, Murali Vijay too played his natural game as the openers put on 85 runs in the first 10 overs.
In the 12th over and 51 minutes into the match, South Africa A finally got a reason to celebrate as Beuran Hendricks dismissed Vijay for 40. However, that was the last of the celebratory moments for the South Africans for some time as Dhawan continued to pile on the runs and at a rapid pace with ease. Along with Pujara, he added 285 runs for the second wicket before being dismissed by Juan Theron.
However, damage was done by then. Theron ended with figures of one for 98 in his 10 overs. Hardus Viljoen too was clobbered all over the park and returned with disppointing figures of one for 94.
The South Africans clawed their way back into the game after Dhawan’s dismissal by slowing the run-rate.
Pujara wasn’t as flashy, but played a fine unbeaten knock of 109. However, it was overshadowed by the blitzkrieg of the southpaw.
Dhawan ended as the second highest List A scorer behind Ali Brown who had scored 268 against Glamorgan in 2002. He also surpassed the previous best Country A highest score held by Upal Tharanga.
India A 433 for 3 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 248, Cheteshwar Pujara 109) vs South Africa A
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