Ishan Kishan scored 55 off 24 balls, hitting five fours and four sixes, as India A sealed a two-wicket win over South Africa A. @Screengrab

Ishan Kishan scored a quickfire 55 off 24 balls as India A beat South Africa A by two wickets in the rain-curtailed, 21 overs-per-side.second one-dayer at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.

Chasing 163, India A lost opener Ruturaj Gaikwad in the second over. Shubman Gill and Anmolpreet Singh added 49 runs together for the second wicket. However, the two perished in space of five runs as South Africa A reduced India A to 57/3.

Skipper Manish Pandey and Kishan upped the ante as the two added 58 runs in five overs. However, the partnership was broken when Marco Jansen dismissed Pandey for 13.

Kishan, meanwhile, hit five fours and four sixes in his 24-ball stay in the middle before Anrich Nortje dismissed the wicketkeeper-batsman.

While Axar Patel, who had scored a fifty in the series opener, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur fell in quick succession, Krunal Pandya scored an unbeaten 23 off 15 balls to help India A cross the finish line.

Earlier, George Linde scored a blistering half-century to guide South Africa A to 162/5 after India A elected to field.

The tourists recovered after losing their openers cheaply thanks to Linde’s unbeaten 25-ball 52 and their middle order’s solid show led by captain Temba Bavuma‘s 33-ball 40.

Opener Janneman Malan was run-out by Deepak Chahar in the third over before Khaleel Ahmed (1/38) struck to remove Reeza Hendricks in the following over leaving South Africa A 15/2 in 3.5 overs.  Bavuma and Khaya Zondo got together to repair the damage and stabilised the wobbling innings. They added 48 runs for the third wicket before left-arm spinner Axar Patel struck to remove Zondo on 24.

Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal (1/22) then had Bavuma hole out soon as South Africa A slipped again. Bavuma struck six fours during his stay. However, Heinrich Klaasen and Linde counterattacked to seize the momentum back. Klaasen struck three sixes in his 27-ball 31 during a 52-run stand with Linde for the fifth wicket.

Linde went on to complete his half-century, hitting one four and five sixes ensuring a competitive total as South Africa A  clobbered 63 runs in the final five overs.

India A are now leading the five-match series 2-0 following the wins in the first two matches. All the games will be played at the same venue.

Brief Scores: India A 163/8 (Ishan Kishan 55, Anmolpreet Singh 30; Junior Dala 2/25) beat South Africa A 162/5 (George Linde 52*, Temba Bavuma 40; Axar Patel 1/19) by two wickets