India 'A' ride on Shreyas Iyer's century to overpower South Africa 'A', retain tri-series trophy

PTI, Aug, 09 2017

Pretoria: Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer delivered when it mattered most as India 'A' outplayed South Africa 'A' by seven wickets to retain the tri-series trophy they won four years ago.

Iyer (140 not out off 131 balls), who did not score a half century in four round robin games, anchored the chase alongside Tamil Nadu captain Vijay Shankar (72 off 86) to guide India 'A' to victory in 46.5 overs

Earlier, South Africa 'A' recovered to post a competitive 267 for seven after losing half of their side for 115 in the 28th over.

File image of Shreyas Iyer in action for the India A cricket team. Image courtesy: News18

File image of Shreyas Iyer in action for the India A cricket team. Image courtesy: News18

South Africa senior international Farhaan Behardien struck an unbeaten 101 off 114 balls, which eventually went in vain. Dewald Pretorious too played a role in his team's recovery scoring 58 off 61 balls.

India 'A' captain Manish Pandey (32 not out off 38) was amongst the runs once again and took his team past the finishing line.

With scores of 93 not out, 86 not out, 41 not out and 55 in the round robin stage, Pandey is set to return to the India's limited overs side for the Sri Lanka series later this month after not being part of the West Indies tour due to injury.

Both India 'A' and South Africa 'A' had played each other twice in the league stage with either team sharing the spoils.

Chasing 268, India 'A' lost Karun Nair and Sanju Samson early with pacer Junior Dala removing the openers.

Iyer and Shankar then shared a 141-run stand for the third wicket to set up the win.

Iyer, who had scores of 0 and 9 in the earlier games against South Africa 'A', was on song in the title clash smashing 11 boundaries and four sixes.

He completed his century with a maximum before hitting the winning four.

Among the India 'A' bowlers, Shardul Thakur struck thrice while fellow pacer Siddarth Kaul took a couple of wickets after Pandey opted to put the opposition in.

Published Date: Aug 09, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 09, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115