India A one step closer to cementing final berth

prv_c7680_1472113290Once again rain had a say in the outcome of a cricket match – it has been such a week. It started from Port of Spain, traveled to Durban and now has reached Mackay, Australia, where the game between India A and South Africa A was abandoned due to rain.

The first game at the venue featuring Australia A and National Performance Squad (NPS) was also washed out because of a wet and unsafe outfield. Now, all four teams have played a game each that has been abandoned.

South Africa A opted to bowl in overcast conditions and had the Indian batsmen in control for most parts. Openers Karun Nair and Mandeep Singh were watchful in their approach before the former was sent back by Dwaine Pretorius in the eighth over. Shreyas Iyer didn’t last long and Mandeep soon followed for a 51-ball 29, leaving India struggling at 69 for 3.

Manish Pandey, the India A captain, had a job on his hands once again. This time, the Karnataka batsman found an able ally in Kedar Jadhav. The pair added 70 runs for the fourth wicket to resurrect the innings. Pandey looked set for a big score, but Andile Phehlukwayo returned to send back the Indian skipper for 47. Just two balls into the 36th over, the clouds opened up and there was a heavy downpour, which caused the match to be called off.

Both teams shared two points each. India A remain in the first place with 11 points. NPS are second with ten, while Australia A and South Africa A have seven each.

Brief scores: India A 140/4 (Manish Pandey 47, Kedar Jadhav 41*; Andile Phehlukwayo 2-23) vs South Africa A No Result


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