Rain played spoilsport yet again in the 5-match ODI series between India A and South Africa A. Since a lot of time was lost, the match was reduced to 21-overs per side. It was Manish Pandey who won the toss and he had no second thoughts about fielding first. The toss provided the hosts with a great advantage as they knew what they had to get. Moreover, with Ishan Kishan going all guns blazing, it got that much easier for India A.
The Proteas team lost their openers quite early which put them under great pressure. Janneman Malan was the first man to find his way back to the pavilion. Deepak Chahar, with a brilliant direct hit, ran him out for 6 runs. Then, Khaleel Ahmed got the better of the in-form Reeza Hendricks. The 30-year-old was dismissed for just 1 run. After being down to 15/2, South Africa A tried to reconsolidate their innings.
Temba Bavuma batted along with Khaya Zondo and they were building up a good partnership. However, Axar Patel got through the gate and dismissed the latter for 24. Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Bavuma also for 40 in the 13th over. It didn’t seem as if South Africa A would put up a big total on the board. But George Linde played a blinder towards the end where he remained unbeaten on 52 off 25 balls. Heinrich Klaasen also scored 31 which helped the visitors get to 162/5.
Ishan Kishan rises up to the occasion with some scintillating hitting
India A didn’t get off to a great start in the chase. Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed for just 1 run and Shubman Gill couldn’t get going either. He crawled his way to 21 from 24 balls before Bjorn Fortuin got the better of him. Anmolpreet Singh looked impressive in the game. He mustered 30 runs from only 19 balls but couldn’t utilize the start.
The team seemed to be in a spot of bother. But Ishan Kishan came to the rescue with a brilliant knock. He took only 24 balls to score 55 runs and it was highly entertaining to watch him bat. But he was dismissed when India A was still 32 runs shy of the target. However, there wasn’t much pressure at this stage. Krunal Pandya and Axar Patel played good cricket and narrowed down the margin. Even though they lost three quick wickets towards the end, India A chased the target down in 20 overs with 2 wickets to spare.
Twitterati was pleased that India A managed to pull this off. They sang praise for Ishan Kishan who played a brilliant cameo under pressure. Also, the fans expressed disappointment over Shubman Gill’s failure in back-to-back games.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
Only Three Players have Strike Rate more than 100 for India A and all three players are from @mipaltan
Ishan Kishan 55(24)
Anmolpreet Singh 30(19)
Krunal Pandya 23*(15)#INDAvSAA @BCCI pic.twitter.com/bfL12e8zAi
— Rohit Sharma FC (@Ro45FC) August 31, 2019
Congrats to @BCCIdomestic 'A' Players, Coaches, Support Staff and Team Management. #TeamIndia leads ODI SERIES 2-0.
What an innings. What a Performance Ishan Kishan(Man Of the Match)#INDAvSAA @BCCIdomestic
— JaayShaan(Shankar) (@JaayShaan) August 31, 2019
Ishan Kishan & Rishabh Pant.
Difference : Many will say Pant is more aggressive of the two.
But I feel the major difference has been IPL.
Pant is in the right IPL team @DelhiCapitals to get more opportunity and freedom.@mipaltan I feel MI has not handled Kishan well.
— KAKU काकू (@VIVEK2904_) August 31, 2019
Really hope Ishan Kishan breaks through into the T20I side. Different beast in the shortest format. Much-improved wicketkeeper too.
— Utkarsh Tripathi (@DrCricPoint1) August 31, 2019
Ishan kishan is better than Rishab Pant.. replace Rishab with ishan..@BCCI @imVkohli
— The Lion King (@prasannacri) August 31, 2019
@ishankishan51 is more dangerous and better batsman than @RishabhPant17 .
I'm very confident that the future Wicketkeeper-Batsman of team India will be #IshanKishan.
He understand his responsibility very well.👌✌👏👏 #INDAvSAA
— AnuBhav Kumar (@the_AnuBhavKr) August 31, 2019
This is how it ended with a India win.
And yes, this is an A series and not Internationals.
Great match! Well played, India A @BCCIdomestic
Well played, ISHAN KISHAN! 👏
You deserve to be in @BCCI white ball teams👍#INDAvSAA @StarSportsIndia @HotstarVIP pic.twitter.com/MMpnzu5orz
— PK 🇮🇳 (@iPkoppula) August 31, 2019
India A defeat South Africa A by two wickets in the second ODI. Well played @ishankishan51 👏👏👏 , useful knock by @krunalpandya24 as well. Team with a 2-0 lead now in the five-match series. #IndiaA #SouthAfricaA #IshanKishan @BCCI #INDAvSAA
— vishesh (@vroy38) August 31, 2019
Finally India A won the match by 2 wickets against South Africa A. India A lead 2-0 of the 5 matches unofficial ODI series.
Ishan Kishan deserve MoM#INDAvSAA pic.twitter.com/FOoW6f3hsj
— Rohit Sharma FC (@Ro45FC) August 31, 2019
Ishan Kishan joins the list of promising rookies Gill, Nitish Rana, Gowtham who're yet to make an international debut..
— BrainFaden Smith (@brainfadesmith2) August 31, 2019
Thanks to @hotstartweets could follow #INDAvsSAA
How is someone like Ishan Kishan not part of India team ??
— Ashwin Doke (@ashwindoke) August 31, 2019
Dead match ko interesting Bana na koi India se sikhe😂😂…
What an innings by Ishan kishan 👏👏.
55(24)…& Great compose from #Kp …..
Well played #IndiaA
— @sonuVk18 (@SubhrajeetMish2) August 31, 2019
What a dynamite performance by Ishan Kishan. @BCCI there are so many wicket keeper batsmen who can represent India. Don't stick with @RishabhPant17 only. Onw dimensional selection process. #INDAvSAA
— Swapnil Chaudhari (@denSwapnil) August 31, 2019
Ishan kishan – underrated 🥵 #INDAvSAA
— RISHITA (@ImRish45) August 31, 2019
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