Manish Pandey scored 100 off 105 balls © Getty Images
Manish Pandey scored 100 off 105 balls © Getty Images

A fantastic hundred by Manish Pandey led India A to their first win in the quadrangular ODI series in Australia, against South Africa A. India A sealed a close win, with 3 wickets and 8 balls to spare. Pandey was the star of the show as he took his side to a win in the second last over, with a boundary that also secured a century for him. Chasing 231 runs, India kept losing wickets throughout their innings. A 41-run stand for the first wicket between Faiz Fazal and Karun Nair began India A’s reply. But Andile Phehlukwayo’s two wickets in one over, put India on the back foot. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: India A vs South Africa A, Quadrangular ODI series in Australia

Mandeep Singh was back to the pavilion soon. India were 65 for 3 at that moment. Kedar Jadhav then joined Pandey at the crease as the duo shared a 66-run stand as Jadhav then bite the dust. Qaasim Adams picked up his wicket. Sanju Samson too became Qaasim’s victim as he could manage just 2. Hardik Pandya then put on a 51-run partnership with Pandey to steer India A’s ship forward. Two succesive wickets then turned the game on its head. Pandya and then Jayant Yadav departed in quic succession. Dhawal Kulkarni then came out to bat. He played well and alongside Pandey made sure India A reach the target with 8 balls to spare.

Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers for India A. He picked up figures of 4 for 37 in his 10 overs. Among the others, Jaydev Unadkat and Hardik Pandya too scalped 2 wickets each. Yuzvendra Chahal and Jayant Yadav ended wicketless.

Earlier, India A had won the toss and decided to bowl first. South Africa A put on a score of 230/8 in their 50 overs, thanks to a vital partnership between David Miller and Qaasim Adams, that helped take their side, past the 200-run mark. Adams registered a half-century that comprised of five boundaries. Miller though carried on after Adams’ dismissal. He ended up with a score of 90, as Kulkarni claimed his wicket. A couple of quick wickets in the closing stages of their innings meant they could not finish at a high.

Brief Scores

South Africa A 230 for 8 (David Miller 90, Qaasim Adams 52; Dhawal Kulkarni 4 for 37) lost to India A 234/7 (Manish Pandey 100*, Kedar Jadhav 26; ) by 3 wickets and 8 balls to spare.