31 August, 2019
in a rain-truncated 21-overs-a-side game in Thiruvananthapuram, Ishan Kishan's 24-ball 55 outweighed George Linde's 25-ball 52, enabling India's 2-0 lead in the five-game series despite some late hiccups.
Manish Pandey put South Africa A in at the toss, and straightaway the visitors were in trouble. By the fourth over, both openers - including previous game's centurion Reeza Hendricks - were sent packing for single-digit scores.
Temba Bavuma and Khaya Zondo triggered their recovery, taking the side to 63 for 2 in 10 overs to lay the platform for a second-half flourish. Though both fell shortly after putting in the hard yards for recovery, Heinrich Klaasen and Linde took it upon themselves to give South Africa A the much-needed lift.
Linde was particularly brutal on the India bowlers, hitting five sixes and one four in his 25-ball stay, while Klaasen chipped in with the big hits too. Courtesy of the duo's strokeplay, South Africa amassed 84 runs in the last eight overs to power their team to a total good enough for the bowlers to take the fight to India A.
They took a step forward after the innings break when Ruturaj Gaikwad fell for a six-ball 1, but two solid partnerships followed - a 49-run alliance for the second wicket between Shubman Gill and Anmolpreet Singh and a more crucial one worth 58 runs between Manish Pandey and Ishan Kishan. During the course of the second partnership, Kishan went after the South Africa A bowlers, starting his onslaught with a six against Linde.
There was a clear momentum shift in India's favour after Junior Dala's over in the 12th, which Kishan smashed for 18 runs. Pandey joined in the fun, taking apart Beuran Hendricks in the next for 13 more to take India past 100 in 13 overs. Both Pandey and Kishan fell in successive overs, but India A were on course to double their lead.
Krunal Pandya took the pair's efforts forward with more blitz, but Dala put a few roadblocks in what should've otherwise been a smooth ride to victory for India A. He prised out Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar off successive deliveries in the 19th over, but even that wasn't enough.