- India A won by 1 wicket
- They chased down 266
- Pandey scored 93
Manish Pandey played an exquisite innings as he held his nerves to guide India A to a win over South Africa A in a thrilling match at LC de Villiers Oval in Pretoria. In a match which went down to the last over, Pandey’s superb innings of 93 ensured that India reached the target of 267 with two balls to spare.
India opted to bowl first and started strongly with the hosts beginning poorly before staging a strong recovery to post 266. Shardul Thakur rocked South Africa early with two wickets, sending opener Reeza Hendricks and Jason Smith back into the hut inside the first five overs of play. They soon lost their third wicket and were tottering at 20 for 3 before Heinrich Klaasen and skipper Khaya Zondo countered the Indian venom spewing bowling unit with aggressive cricket. Klaasen played enthralling innings of 127 while Thakur picked up four wickets for the Indians.
Chasing a par total of 267, India started their chase poorly losing two early wickets. The tourists were reduced to 184 for 6 in the 38th over and with 83 more needed to win, a victory seemed unlikely. Chahal and Krunal stuck in with Pandey and played crucial innings at the right time to guide India to victory in a nerve racking match. Pandey saw off the dangerous Dala in the final over to take India to a win by one wicket.
The win sees India go on top of the table with three wins. South Africa is second, while Afghanistan is still at the bottom and yet to win a match in the tri-series.
Brief Scores: South Africa A 266 all-out in 48.2 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 127, Willem Mulder 66; Shardul Thakur 4-35, Siddarth Kaul 3-41)
India A 267/9 in 49.4 overs (Manish Pandey 93*, Sanju Samson 68; Tabraiz Shamsi 3-55, Junior Dala 3-56)