Thanks to Shrewish yar’s unbeaten century after the fine bowling of Shardul Thakur and Siddharth Kaul, India ‘A’ won the triangular one-day series of ‘A’ teams with an easy seven-wicket win over South Africa ‘A’ on Tuesday. India had won this trophy even four years ago and has retained it now.
Chasing the target of 268 runs in South Africa ‘A’, India ‘A’ scored 11 fours and four sixes in Aiyar’s 131-ball unbeaten 140-run innings and Vijay Shankar (72) with the third wicket of 141 With the unbroken partnership of 109 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Manish Pandey (32 not out) and 19 balls remaining, he scored 270 runs for three wickets.
Earlier, despite centuries from Farhana Behardine (101 not out) and Deewald Pretorius (58) in the first half of the match against Thakur (3 for 52) and Kaul (2 for 55) Only 267 runs were possible on the wicket.
Behardine hit three sixes and four fours in his innings of 114 balls. He made 80 runs for the fourth wicket with captain Khaya Jondo (39) and the sixth wicket partnership of 101 with Pretorius contributed the team to a respectable score. India ‘A’ started to chase the target, it was not good and the team lost both opening batsmen Sanju Samson (12) and Karun Nair (04) wicket by 20 runs. Both of them fast bowler Carl Jr. Dla (49 runs for two wickets) sent pavilion.
Aiyar and Vijay Shankar then shifted to the innings. Both reached the score of 100 in the 50th over and 25th over in the 14th over. Aiyar completed his half-century in 74 balls with the help of Tabrez Shamsi ball, while Vijay Shankar put it in 68 balls with two consecutive fours.
Aiyar put on the first six of the innings on Shamsi but Pretorios (one wicket away 51) broke this partnership with Vijay Shankar, caught by Henri Davids.
After this, Aiyar teamed with the captain to reach the team. Iyer put it while Pandey hit a six on Willem Moulder. Aiyar completed his second list A century in 111 balls with six sixes on Dan Peterson. He hit four consecutive fours in the pretorius in the 46th over and then gave the team victory with Aaron Fincho in the next over.
With this victory, India ‘A’ trophy tri-series was named after them. Apart from South Africa, the third team in this tournament was from Afghanistan.