India A vs South Africa A 2019, India A, South Africa A, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal finished with exquisite figures of 5/47 in his 10 overs, while Patel pocketed two in his 8 overs going for 39 runs. @ BCCI

Attacking half-centuries from Shivam Dube and Axar Patel followed by a five-wicket haul by Yuzvendra Chahal helped India A cruise to a crushing 69-run win over South Africa A in the first unofficial ODI of the five-match series at Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

Chasing a mammoth 328 that came on the back of Dube (79 off 60) and Patel’s (60 off 36) dominating 121-run partnership, the visitors were bowled out for 258 in 45 overs in a rain-affected encounter at the Greenfield International Stadium.

Chahal was the first to strike in the eighth over as he sent Janneman Malan for 18. Reeza Hendricks, who top scored with 110, held the innings together as wickets kept falling at the other end. But he too failed to take his team across the line after falling to Patel in the 39th over. Hendricks smashed 12 boundaries and a solitary six during his 108-ball stay at the crease.

Heinrich Klaasen played well for his 58 off 43 – his innings was laced with four fours and three hits over the fence – while Khaya Zondo added 30. None of the other batsmen registered significant scores with as many as six players falling with single-digit figures.

Chahal finished with exquisite figures of 5/47 in his 10 overs, while Patel pocketed two in his 8 overs going for 39 runs.

Earlier, after being put into bat at the  in a rain-curtailed fixture, Dube hit an unbeaten 79 off 60 while Axar struck a quickfire 36-ball 60* in an unbroken 121-run stand for the seventh wicket.

The contest was reduced to 47 overs-per-side due to wet outfield and India A were off to a solid start with the opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shubman Gill adding 54 runs. Beuran Hendricks (2/89) broke the opening stand when he had Gaikwad caught on 10 in the ninth over.

India A batsmen got the start but failed to convert. Gill made 46, Anmolpreet made run-a-ball 29 and captain Manish Pandey 29 as the hosts were reduced to 169/5 in 27.1 overs.

When Krunal Pandya (14) was dismissed India A were 206/6. His departure brought together the pair of Dube and Axar as they began punishing the tourists, finding boundaries with ease.

Dube was the first to his half-century reaching there in 46 deliveries. Axar then shifted gears and was particularly brutal against Hendricks whom he hit for two fours and a six in a single over. With the innings coming to its end, the pair kept their hunt for boundaries – Dube blasting two sixes off successive Junior Dala deliveries in the 45th over from which came 19 runs.

Axar completed his fifty off 34 deliveries. The final over turned out to be the best of the India A innings from which they looted 23 runs.

Brief scores: India A 327/6 (Shivam Dube 79*, Axar Patel 60*, Bjorn Fortuin 2/40, Beauran Hendricks 2/89) beat South Africa A (Reeza Hendricks 110, Heinrich Klaasen 58; Yuzvendra Chahal 5/47, Patel 2/39) by 69 runs