India A took a 2-0 lead in the ongoing series against South Africa A after winning the second match by two wickets in a nail-biter. The match went down to the wire and the wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan was the star of the show as scored a quickfire knock of 55 runs to help his team chase down the target of 163 runs.
India A innings
India A didn’t have a good start to their run-chase as they lost the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad early. There was a confusion regarding the no-ball but the third umpire decided to give the decision in favor of the tourists. Shubman Gill struggled for timing as he scored 21 runs from 24 balls. Anmolpreet Singh scored 30 runs but he was dismissed by George Linde who had a good time with the bat earlier.
Subsequently, India A was behind the eighth ball as the required rate almost touched 10 runs/over. Ishan Kishan was able to hit the ground running and got India right back into the contest.
Ishan Kishan departs after a well made 55 off 24 deliveries. 👏👏
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) August 31, 2019
The southpaw batsman scored 55 runs from 24 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes. Thus, India A cruised to a two-wicket win with Krunal Pandya and Axar Patel adding the finishing touches.
South Africa A Innings:
South Africa A posted a competitive score of 162 runs in 21 overs after India A skipper Manish Pandey won the toss and decided to bowl first. The visitors didn’t have a good start as they lost the wicket of Janneman Malan who was run out by Deepak Chahar. Furthermore, Reeza Hendricks could not clear the cover fielder and Shubman Gill took a simple catch.
Subsequently, the visitors could not build the impetus in their innings and mostly scored their runs at run-a-ball. South Africa A skipper Temba Bavuma scored 40 runs whereas Khaya Zondo and Heinrich Klaasen chipped in with 24 and 31 runs respectively.
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However, the finishing touches were added by George Linde who scored 25-ball 52 with the help of one four and five sixes. Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel scalped one wicket each.