Quinton de Kock © Getty Images
Quinton de Kock © Getty Images

Despite Quinton de Kock’s century and two brilliant innings by Reeza Hendricks and Khaya Zondo, South Africa A were not able to win the sixth match of the Triangular series, as India A automatically qualified for the final to be played against Australia A on Friday. Quinton de Kock smashed 10 fours and six sixes as he scored 113 from 86 balls. Just when he was looking to go back past Mayank Agarwal’s score of 176, Akhsar Patel removed the dangerous batsman. Sanju Samson caught him. Cameron Delport was the first batsman to depart as Rush Kalaria bowled the opener for 34. Theunis de Bruyn and Cody Chetty did not last long. It was Khaya Zondo and Reeza Hendricks, who fought till the end for South Africa A. Just when it appeared that Hendricks and Zondo would win it for South Africa A, Mandeep Singh removed the former. The South Africa A skipper was the new batsman, Dane Vilas.

The second wicket partnership for South Africa between Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks was 128 runs. Hendricks and Khaya Zondo were involved in 95 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. Zondo went to score xx.

Earlier, Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey slammed centuries as India A put up 371 for the loss of three wickets on board against South Africa A in the sixth A Triangular series at Chennai on Thursday. Unmukt Chand scored a half-century as India A put up a challenging total for the South Africans to chase down. It is to be remembered that South Africa A need to chase their target down inside 29 overs if they want to qualify for the final, to be played against Australia A. South Africa A won the toss and elected to bowl against India A. Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell started the proceedings for South Africa A, as India A openers, Agarwal and Chand took some time to settle down and fire up. Soon Chand brought about his half-century. However, he did not last long, as Chand was trapped leg before by Maharaj. Chand slammed three fours and three sixes in his innings of 64 from 77 balls.

Pandey was the next batsman in. He took no time, as Agarwal steered past, punishing visitors left, right and centre, for bowling anything short or full. Even anything wide on leg or off side were lofted for a boundary. Chand and Agarwal were involved in a 106 runs partnership for the first wicket. Pandey and Agarwal were involved in a 206 runs partnership for the second wicket.

Pandey then brought his century in style slamming six off the last ball of the India A innings. Pandey scored an unbeaten 108 from 85 balls, slamming 8 fours and 2 sixes. Agarwal scored 176 from 133 balls, slamming 20 fours and 5 sixes. South Africa A used seven bowlers in the match as Quinton de Kock back in the playing eleven. Dean Elgar is not playing the match. Dane Vilas is leading the team.

Khaya Zondo was the last man to fall as India won by 34 runs.

Brief scores:

India A 371 for 3 in 50 overs (Mayak Agarwal 176, Unmukat Chand 64, Manish Pandey 108*; Keshav Maharaj 1 for 69) beat South Africa A 337 for 6 in 50 overs (Quinton de Kock 113, Reeza Hendricks 76, Khaya Zondo 86; Akshar Patel 2 for 32) by 34 runs.