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India A hopes rest on Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan’s fluency stood out before rain pushed the fourth unofficial ODI between India A and South Africa A at Thiruvananthapuram to Thursday. With nine wickets in hand, the host will look to knock off the 137 runs required in 17.2 overs for their fourth successive win.
India A was 56 for 1 in 7.4 overs with Dhawan (34) and Prashant Chopra (6) at the crease when the skies opened up. The India opener struck six boundaries during his 21-ball unbeaten knock.
After a stuttering start, Dhawan found his touch and hit some superb shots through the off-side.
Earlier, sent into bat by the home team captain Shreyas Iyer, South Africa ‘A’ made 137 for one in 25 overs in a rain-affected game. After play started late, heavy showers forced the players indoors with the visitors at 108 for one in 22 overs.
The game was then reduced to a 25 overs-a-side affair and SA ‘A’ added 29 more runs. The revised target for India A was 193 in 25 overs.
Heinrich Klaasen’s (21) late assault and Reeza Hendricks (60) helped the visiting team to finish with a flourish.
The big-hitting Klaasen hit Ishan Porel for two consecutive sixes in the penultimate over and looked good for more.
However, Tushar Deshpande bowled a dream final over, with five consecutive dot balls to Klaasen.
Matthew Breetzke (25) and Hendricks provided a bright start, hitting some lovely shots. Breetzke hit a superb six over covers off Deshpande, which stood out. India A leads the five-match ODI series 3-0.
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) vs India A 56 for 1 in 7.4 overs (S Dhawan 34 batting).