In the first unofficial ODI under Manish Pandey, India A thumped South Africa A by a massive 69-run margin. Due to a wet outfield, the start of this game was delayed. As a result, the match was reduced to 47-overs per side. At the Greenfield International Stadium, South Africa A’s skipper Temba Bavuma won the toss and opted to field first.
Even though the hosts put up a 54-run opening partnership, it was Shubman Gill who largely dominated. Ruturaj Gaikwad was the first to fall after crawling his way to 10 runs from 16 balls. Soon, his partner also fell for almost a run-a-ball 47. Just like Shubman, quite a few other batsmen also failed to utilise their starts. Anmolpreet Singh looked good for his 29 but couldn’t convert it into a big one.
Shivam Dube and Axar Patel provide India A with the final impetus
Similarly, the likes of Manish Pandey and Ishan Kishan also got off to good starts. However, they were dismissed for 39 and 37 runs respectively. Apart from Ruturaj, Krunal Pandya was the other batsman who failed to make an impact. He mustered 14 runs from 25 balls before Anrich Nortje got him. At 206/6 after 36 overs, India A looked to be in all sorts of bother.
However, Shivam Dube and Axar Patel rose up to the occasion. While the former player calculated cricket and scored 79 off 60 balls, the latter was at his aggressive best. Axar Patel took just 36 balls to score 60 runs. The efforts from these two men pushed India’s total to 327/6 in 47 overs.
Despite Reeza Hendricks scoring a century, the chase was largely a struggle for South Africa A. Reeza provided the team with a wonderful platform by scoring 110 runs off 108 balls. However, most of the other batsmen couldn’t build upon that. Heinrich Klaasen, with 43-ball 58 was impressive. But no other batsman in the line-up managed to score more than 30 runs. While Yuzvendra Chahal picked up five wickets, Axar Patel accounted for two.
Twitterati was glad that India A won the match so comprehensively. They felt that Axar Patel deserves a second chance in the Indian team. They were also all praise for Shivam Dube and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
Looking forward to Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan and Shivam Dube this A series #INDAvSAA
— Royal Msdian (@msdrocks7) August 29, 2019
Shivam Dube with a bit of Power against spinners can do well in the top 4 🙂 happy for the lad.
— Offspin.inc (@undercutter_) August 29, 2019
@CoachHesson please never drop Shivam Dube from squad as well as from playing 11 he had Improved a lot and is near to get a National Call up
— Water Boy of Indian Test Team (@Jal_Devta) August 29, 2019
Shivam dube can become indian ben stokes if he improves his bowling and speed..he can do that at nca with the help of dravid and co,just like hardik did in 2016,he was also not a goof bowler at that time..
— Vikas Saddyan (@vikas_sadyan) August 29, 2019
Shivam Dube is more consistent with t bat recent days. #IndA
— Ram (@ram_12s) August 29, 2019
Shivam Dube is the greatest find in white ball cricket hope this clueless selection committe give him a go against win/zim at home..
— BrainFaden Smith (@brainfadesmith2) August 29, 2019
All RCB fans are getting excited seeing Shivam Dube in his top form.
They don't know, he'll benched for Pawan Negi in the playing 11 and will be released after that. 😎
Elite Franchise. Elite Thinking.
— Harish S Itagi (@HarishSItagi) August 29, 2019
Shivam Dube is giving some competition to Vijay Shankar for the all rounder's spot… #INDAvSAA
— Vishal (@Vishal_14_) August 29, 2019
Shivam dube the future star of India played a superb knock 79(60) not forget their was another name axar Patel who made 60(36), gill also played good missed his half ton.. #INDAvSAA
— Anup Mahapatra (@am_i_anup) August 29, 2019
Have always rated Shivam Dube highly, sadly RCB didn’t know how to utilise him upto his potential and I hope that they use him well atleast this time. His performance in Mumbai T20 and India A is speaking on behalf of him.
Played ey, boi ❤️#INDAvSAA
— Prajakta Bhawsar (@18prajakta) August 29, 2019
Shivam Dube is a serious talent. Indian team management should keep monitoring him and get him in the senior team quickly. #INDAvSAA
— Shashi🏏 (@Shashinaik6794) August 29, 2019
Shivam Dube need to perform consistently in domestic for few months and do well in 2020 IPL. He can play at 6 in both ODI and T20Is for India. He's the real deal.
— Sharique (@ShariqueAghaz) August 29, 2019
1. Shivam Dube in RCB
2. Shivam Dube in India A and domestic pic.twitter.com/tmZdUCsFar
— Shark🦈 (@imShariqueRizvi) August 29, 2019
Shivam Dube displayed his power-hitting abilities against South Africa A. #INDAvSAA
(Photo Source: Hotstar) pic.twitter.com/yfe7GsJWlD
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) August 29, 2019
Watching lazy elegance of tall left hand batsman Shivam Dube timing his shots to perfection along or over the ground. It's a rare talent & he is an allrounder.
— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) August 29, 2019
Five wicket Chahal, 47 for 5 with one maiden in his ten over spell in the first unofficial ODI match against South Africa A. #INDAvSAA
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) August 29, 2019
That's that from the 1st One Day against South Africa A as India A win by 69 runs. A 5-wkt haul for @yuzi_chahal 😎
Scorecard – https://t.co/b2AgNFKEI3 pic.twitter.com/SgncnAYSOH
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) August 29, 2019
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