Mayank Agarwal, Manan Vohra’s Knocks Help India A Beat South Africa by 8 Wickets in Practice Match

September 30 01:46 2015

a indNew Delhi, Wednesday, September 30 – South Africa are on tour of India. In a practice match at Palam A Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday, South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first against India A. The guests looked strong having Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Abbott, Jean-Paul Duminy, Marchant de Lange, Kagiso Rabada, Eddie Leie, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien and AB de Villiers.

Challenges weren’t less for Indian side. It seemed getting up after the opener de Villiers arrived on the crease to ensure he plays his natural game. Maintaining his unique style of hitting the ball hard as many as times possible, he scored 37 runs off 27 balls. 3 fours and a couple of sixes were the highlights of his innings. Quinton de Kock was run out soon by Mandeep at 2 runs. It was a huge relief for the hosts as the young player could have been hard to dismiss once back in form.

Faf du Plessis played a captain’s innings before getting retired hurt. His knock of 42 runs came in 27 balls thanks to 7 classy fours. Jean-Paul Duminy held the fort and spellbound the audience by playing a not out inning of 68 runs in 32 balls. He struck a couple of shots and 6 sixes to play an impressive knock with a run rate of 212.5. Kuldeep Yadav dismissed 31-year-old de Villiers in a short while. David Miller fell short to Hardik Pandya at 10 runs in 11 balls (4 x 1). Farhaan Behardien who struck a four was not out at 17 runs that were attained 20 balls. 13 extras were bowled by India A, who were led by Mandeep Singh. After 20 overs, the travelers were able to put 189 runs on the scoreboard which was certainly not an easy target to chase.

Hardly anyone would have thought the home side would do it with so much of ease. The opening duo Manan Vohra and Mayank Agarwal started so well that it turned tough for South African bowlers to get a breakthrough. Vohra prior succumbing to Duminy in 12.4 over scored 56 runs off 42 balls with help of 8 fours and a six. Sanju Samson, the wicketkeeper-batsman, gave desired support to the man on the crease, Agarwal, whose innings was a pleasant surprise for the teammates and supporters. The 24-year-old Bengaluru born boy, even though, fell 13 runs short to pocket a ton but his contribution of 87 runs off just 49 balls helped the team trounce Proteas.

12 fours and a couple of biggies were hit by him. de Lange ended his impressive stint, raising hopes that South Africa may still bounce back. But water spilled on their dreams when Mandeep Singh made sure his team attains the target with two balls remaining. He was not out at 12 runs (4 x 2), while Samson was unbeaten at 31 runs off 22 balls, inclusive of 2 fours and a six.

Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishi Dhawan, Pawan Negi, Anureet Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav did not bat as 193 runs were scored by the Indian camp while chasing the tough target. Despite not having any big name in the team, India A, who were a mix of young & talented players, made South Africa familiar with their talent. It would be crucial to watch how these players perform when given chance to contribute in different tournaments against South Africa which are to take place from early October to December. Hopes are certainly up as fans expect them to do well in the future as well and win a number of trophies, taking Indian cricket team at peak of success.