Vijay Shankar was ruled out of the series due to thumb injury while Shikhar Dhawan was added to India A squad for the fourth and fifth one-day games against South Africa A. @AFP

Shikhar Dhawan was added to India A squad for the last two one-day games against South Africa A. Vijay Shankar, meanwhile, was ruled out of the series due to an injury to his right thumb.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Friday decided to add Mr Shikhar Dhawan to India A squad for the fourth and fifth one-day against South Africa A,” said BCCI in a media release.

“Mr. Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the series owing to an injury to his right thumb,” added BCCI.

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India A are leading the five-match series following their 69-run win in the series opener in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. Attacking half-centuries from Shivam Dube and Axar Patel followed by a five-wicket haul by Yuzvendra Chahal helped India A cruise to a comfortable win.

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.

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While Manish Pandey will be leading the side in the first three matches, Shreyas Iyer will take over the leadership duties in the last two games

Seven players – Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Shivam Dube, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur and Nitish Rana – have been included in both the 15-man squads.

While Jharkhand’s Ishan Kishan has been named wicketkeeper for the first three matches, Sanju Samson will take over the duties for the final two matches. Chahal will be a part of the first three games of the series.

India A team for 1st, 2nd and 3rd one-day: Manish Pandey (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Nitish Rana

India A team for 4th and 5th one-day: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Shubman Gill, Prashant Chopra, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Nitish Rana, Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Ishan Porel

Schedule of the last four matches of the series:

2nd One Day: 31 August 2019

3rd One Day: 2 September 2019

4th One Day: 4 September 2019

5th One Day: 6 September 2019