India A crush Afghanistan by 7 wickets in tri-nation tourney

IANSUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 04:39 AM IST
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Pretoria : India A rode on three-wicket hauls from Vijay Shankar and Axar Patel, and a half century from Karun Nair, to beat Afghanistan A by seven wickets and register their first win in the tri-nation ‘A’ tournament.

This was after the Manish Pandey-led side lost a low-scoring encounter against South Africa A in the series opener.

Putting Afghanistan to bat here on Friday, the India colts bundled them for 149 in 40.5 overs with all-rounders Vijay (3/24), Axar (3/33) starring with the ball. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also chipped in with two wickets for the Indians.

Punjab medium pacer Siddarth Kaul started the proceedings for India A removing Usman Ghani for a duck. Later Axar scalped two quick wickets, one of them was of 25-year-old batsman Javed Ahmadi (25) to reduce them to 45/3 in 16 overs.

The 22-year-old Sharafuddin Ashraf (39) was the highest scorer for the Afghan side. His quick-fire knock, laced with four boundaries and two hits over the fence, came off 27 balls.

In reply, Nair (57) and Pandey (41 not out) shared a 67-run third-wicket stand to lift India A after Shreyas Iyer (20) and Sanju Samson (10) were dismissed cheaply.

Delhi batsman Rishabh Pant scored a quickfire (17 not out) in 10 delieveries to help the side cross the line in 30.4 overs.

Brief Scores: Afghanistan A 149 (Sharafuddin Ashraf 39, Vijay Shankar 3/24, Axar Patel 3/33, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/42) lose to India A 150/3 (Karun Nair 57, Manish Pandey 41 not out) by 7 wickets.

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