Thiruvananthapuram: Sanju Samson, Shikhar Dhawan and Shardul Thakur led the way in which as India ‘A’ beat South Africa ‘A’ by 36 runs in a rain-hit fifth one-day on Friday. India ‘A’ thus sealed the 5-match sequence 4-1.
In a match that needed to be diminished to 20 overs a aspect as a result of intermittent rains, India ‘A’ scored a mammoth 204/Four batting first. Whereas the hosts misplaced their first wicket within the very first over, Samson and Dhawan mixed to hit 137 runs within the subsequent 13 overs to set the muse for an enormous whole. The stand was damaged when Dhawan was dismissed on 51 off 36 balls by George Linde within the 14th over.
Samson departed two overs later, having smoked 91 runs off simply 48 balls. His innings was punctuated by seven sixes and 6 fours. Shreyas Iyer then went huge within the loss of life overs to push India previous the 200-run mark.
The South Africans by no means bought going of their innings. Shardul Thakur bought a breakthrough on the prime after which went on to take two extra wickets whereas Washington Sundar picked two. Rahul Chahar dismissed South Africa A’s prime scorer Reeza Hendricks for 59.
Transient scores: India ‘A’ 204/Four in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 91, Shikhar Dhawan 51; Beuran Hendricks 2/29); South Africa ‘A’ 168 (Reeza Hendricks 59, Kyle Verreynne 44; Shardul Thakur 3/9)