[caption id="attachment_629833" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-629833" alt="Manish Pandey top scored with an unbeaten 86 Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Manish-Pandey1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Manish Pandey top scored with an unbeaten 86 Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>India A beat Afghanistan A by 113 runs in match 4 of the Tri-Nation series in South Africa. Riding on the back of a good platform laid by their batsmen, Indian bowlers stepped up to hand over an easy victory for Karun Nair's men. By virtue of this victory, India gain 4 points from 3 games and will lock horns with South Africa for their last group stage encounter. India's top performers were <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Rishabh-Pant" target="_blank">Rishabh Pant</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Manish-Pandey" target="_blank">Manish Pandey</a>, whereas Mohammad Siraj, Vijay Shankar and Siddharth Kaul dented Afghanistan's progress in pursuit of 323. <p></p> <p></p>Electing to bowl, Afghanistan did not start well. Shreyas Iyer and Nair gave a decent start to their side. Nair departed for 9, but Iyer took on the mantle from thereon. He smashed a 55-ball 44 before falling to Sharafuddin Ashraf. The middle order came to the fore with Pant, Pandey, Krunal Pandya and Shankar contributing well. Pant slammed a 59-ball 60 studded with 5 fours and a six. On the other hand, Pandey carried his bat till the last over and remained unbeaten on 86. He was given valuable support from Krunal (48) and Shankar (8-ball 18). The Afghan bowlers failed to keep a lid on the scoreboard and earn regular breakthroughs. Only Ashraf was handy with 2 scalps. <p></p> <p></p>In reply, Afghanistan's innings never got going. They were dented with Siraj's early strikes. Afghanistan's middle order got starts but failed to lift the run-rate. As a result, they fell to Akshar Patel and Shankar in the decisive overs. Kaul removed the top-scorer, Najibullah Zadran, and ended with 2 scalps. Basil Thampi also earned a wicket. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Brief scores:</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>India A</strong> 322 for 5 in 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 60, Manish Pandey 86*, Krunal Pandya 48; Sharafuddin Ashraf 2 for 48) beat <strong>Afghanistan A</strong> 209 for 9 in 50 overs (Yuonas Ahmadzai 28, Rahmat Shah 28, Najibullah Zadran 62; Mohammad Siraj 3 for 49, Vijay Shankar 2 for 21) by 113 runs.