The South Africa A team will be up against the India A ahead of the senior team’s tour to India starting mid-September. The Thiruvananthapuram will host India A and South Africa A in a 5-match unofficial ODI series starting on 29th August. The two sides will later face in 2-match unofficial Test series. Manish Pandey will lead the home team in the first three ODIs while Shreyas Iyer takes the charge for the last two. Both squads contain players who are eyeing an ODI spot in their respective national teams.
All the major stats and numbers ahead of the series between India A and South Africa A:
5 – India A won all the five bilateral unofficial ODI series they played since the start of 2014. In this span, India A also won five out of six unofficial ODI tournaments. The one they missed out was last year’s Quadrangular tournament in India which was won by India B.
11-2 – India A has won 11 out of 13 completed List A matches against South Africa A in List A cricket across the last 15 years. The Proteas A team defeated India A twice in this span; once each in 2017 and 2018 after bundling out the Indian team for 152 and 157 respectively.
18-5 – Win-loss record of Manish Pandey as captain of India A (15/4 in 20 matches) and India B (3/1 in 4 matches) in List A cricket. He led the two sides in 24 List A matches and won 18 of them while one game ended without a result.
In those 24 matches, Pandey amassed 1292 at an average of 99.39 with six fifties and five centuries. He led those teams to victories in two ‘A’ team Quadrangular series, one ‘A’ team Tri-series and two bilateral unofficial ODI series.
35.1 – Yuzvendra Chahal has a bowling strike rate of 35.1 in ODIs since July 2018. He picked up 42 wickets in 27 ODIs he played in this span at an average of 31.11. Until June 2018, Chahal bagged 43 wickets in only 23 matches. He had a strike rate of 27.5 and an average of 21.83; almost ten runs better than his average in the last 14 months.
64.71 – Kyle Verreynne has a List A batting average of 64.71 in 2019. He scored 453 runs across nine innings this year during the Momentum One-Day Cup with help of an unbeaten century and four fifties.
96.71 – No player in List A cricket in 2019 has scored 500+ runs at a batting average of 90+ other than Ruturaj Gaikwad. India A opener has 671 runs from nine List A innings this year with help of two tons and four fifties.
In India, his List A average raises to 156.66 this year as he amassed 470 runs in five innings with two centuries and two half-centuries.
99 – Junior Dala needs one more wicket for completing 100 wickets in List A cricket. In 68 matches, Dala has claimed 99 wickets at an average of 26.39 and a strike rate of 27.5. Among the South Africans with 100+ List A wickets, only Rusty Theron (162 @ 26.9) has a better bowling SR than Junior Dala.
210 – Manish Pandey has a batting average of 210 in the matches against South Africa. Across nine List A innings against them, Pandey amassed 630 runs with four fifties and two hundreds. His recent innings against them read 95*, 32* and 93*.
933 – Pandey has scored 933 runs across 17 innings in unofficial ODI matches since 2017. He has a batting average of 133.29 in those with five half-centuries and three tons. Between 2017 and 2018, Pandey amassed 600 consecutive runs without getting dismissed across nine innings.
1942 – Shubman Gill needs 58 more runs to complete 2000 runs in List A cricket. He has scored 1942 runs at an average of 47.36 across 46 innings with five tons and ten fifties. In unofficial ODIs, Gill has 840 runs in 18 innings at an average of 56. He scored an unbeaten 109 earlier this year against Sri Lanka and has seven fifties including one each in the previous three innings during the unofficial ODIs.
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