Fourth unofficial ODI: India A suffers the first defeat of the series despite the 52 of Dhawan
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opener Shikhar Dhawan He was back in the races with an energetic 52 of 43 balls, but it wasn't enough to beat India A against South Africa A in an unofficial fourth ODI hit by the rain, ending the losing streak of visitors on Thursday.
South Africa To pacemen Anrich Nortje & Marco Jansen He shared three wickets each, which caused a mid-order collapse to help the team win the game for four races through the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The game, which was extended to a reserve day, resumed on Thursday afternoon after another delay to due to rain & wet outfield with India requiring 137 more runs in 17.2 overs to secure a fourth successive win, having already sealed the series.
A big positive of the game was that Dhawan returned to the races before the T20 series against South Africa that began on September 15. The left-hander suffered a dry run in the West Indies with scores of 36, 2, 3, 23, 1 in the limited sections of the route.
India A was on its way to victory when Captain Shreyas Iyer (26) & his Mumbai teammate Shivam dube (31) were in the middle.
However, his expulsion in the space of two balls by pacy Nortje (3/36), began the landslide of India A when the host fell to 178 for 9.
Dube, who carried three big six, was caught by substitute Khaya Zondo in the depths of Nortje's bowling. Two balls later, the captain fell into a trap in the depths.
The local star Sanju Samson, from whom much was expected, fell before an excellent capture of archer Sinethemba Qeshile of rookie Lutho Sipamla by 1.
Nitish Rana & MS Washington Sundar fell while going for big shots & it was left to Rahul Chahar to try & pull off a win in the company of No.11 Ishan Porel.
He tried his best, hitting a six & a four, but couldn't take the team past the line as Beuran Hendricks didn't allow him to score off the final delivery.
Earlier, Dhawan & Prashant Chopra (26) began confidently with the former reaching his half-century in style.
After Dhawan's fall at 110 in the 15th over, Shreyas Iyer & Dube joined forces & kept the scoreboard ticking with a mix of cautious play & big shots.
However, the exit of Iyer & Dube turned things around for South Africa 'A', who went on to clinch a consolation win.
India A leads the ODI series of five games 3-1. The final unofficial ODI will be played here on Friday.
Brief scores: South Africa 'A' 137 for 1 in 25 overs (Reeza Hendricks 60, Matthew Breetzke 25, Heinrich Klaasen 21 not out, Rahul Chahar 1/18) beat India 'A' 188 for 9 in 25 overs (S Dhawan 52, Shivam dube 31, Shreyas Iyer 26, Prashant Chopra 26, A Nortje 3/36, M Jansen 3/35, L Sipamla 3/55) by 4 runs (by DLS method).