Congratulations to our very own Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey who made us proud once again with their incredible batting against South Africa A in the 6th ODI of India A team triangular series.
South Africa A captain Dane Vilas elected bowling upon winning the toss to get a better chance of securing the bonus point. The bowling seemed “under control” till the end of 10th over or so. Left arm fast bowler Tsotsobe bowled well among the others with an economy of 6.1 with the important wicket of Mayank Agarwal. And the spinners did not help either.
In the beginning of the innings Indians were at 37 runs for 10 overs but later Indian batsmen took well advantage of the South African bowlers’ weakness. They scored 195 runs from the last 20 overs. Agarwal and Unmukt Chand with a partnership of 106 runs laid the foundation and Agarwal started his rampage against the South African bowlers accounting to a 203 partnership score with Manish Pandey at a run rate of 8.45.
Agarwal started off slowly, first 30 off 49 balls but later with the help of boundaries he made a massive 176 runs off 133 balls. He scored 110 runs from the boundaries alone. With this performance he proved his consistency, he has five 50+ scores in seven ODIs and an average of 55.1 reflecting his years of cricket training and early years cricket coaching.
At the other end, Manish Pandey was making his way into the groove. He was 51 off 52 balls at the end of 40 overs but managed to complete his century in the last over of the innings. Agarwal was gifted that day to get dropped when he was 29.
When the South Africa started batting it went well compared to India’s start. South Africans were 96 for the loss of 1 wicket where as Indians were 37 for no loss. de Kock got his 50 off 29 balls completing his century in 76 balls which makes this his 5th century from six one day matches against an Indian team. Other notable players were Hendricks who got 76 off 109 balls and Khaya Zonda who got 86 off 60 balls. But they were unsuccessful in chasing the target of 372 runs. India A won by 34 runs.
Heartly congratulations to the team India A.