Sanju Samson scored 91 off 48 balls and won man-of-the-match award as India A beat South Africa A in the fifth match of the series. @Facebook/Kerala Cricket Association

Sanju Samson said that he has decided to give his match fees from the India A matches he played to the groundsmen of the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.

India ‘A’ hosted South Africa A in a five-match one day series. Intermittent rains in Kerala’s capital city had caused reduction of overs in all the matches with the fourth match having to be played over two days.

Samson, who caught the eye with a blistering 48-ball 91 in the final match, said after the game that he had decided to donate match fees from the two games that he played to the groundsmen for their efforts to ensure that the series could be played despite the treachorous weather.

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“We have to give credit to the groundsmen. Because of them, we were able to play. If there was some wetness here or there, then the match officials would not have allowed matches to happen. We really have to thank them. So I have decided to give my match fees to the groundsmen,” said the 25-year-old Kerala wicketkeeper.

Shikhar Dhawan also acknowledged the efforts of the groundsmen and spent time with them to click pictures. India ‘A’ won the series 4-1.

In a match that had to be reduced to 20 overs a side due to intermittent rains, India ‘A’ scored a mammoth 204/4 batting first.

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While the hosts lost their first wicket in the very first over, Samson and Dhawan combined to hit 137 runs in the next 13 overs to set the foundation for a big total. The stand was broken when Dhawan was dismissed on 51 off 36 balls by George Linde in the 14th over.

Samson departed two overs later, having smoked 91 runs off just 48 balls. His innings was punctuated by seven sixes and six fours. Shreyas Iyer then went big in the death overs to push India past the 200-run mark.

The South Africans never got going in their innings. Shardul Thakur got a breakthrough at the top and then went on to take two more wickets while Washington Sundar picked two. Rahul Chahar dismissed South Africa A’s top scorer Reeza Hendricks for 59.