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Riding on half-centuries from Rishabh Pant and skipper Manish Pandey, India A thrashed Afghanistan A by 113 runs in the tri-nation One-Day International series at the LC de Villiers Oval on Tuesday.
Put in to bat first, India posted a mammoth 322/5, thanks to Pandey (86 not out) and Pant (60) before pacer Mohammed Siraj (3/49) stifled Afghanistan A to 209/9.
Rishabh Pant departs after scoring 60 off 59 against Afghanistan A. pic.twitter.com/TGgbFnUilT— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) August 1, 2017
India recovered from the early loss of opener Karun Nair (9), courtesy a 70-run second-wicket stand between opener Shreyas Iyer (44) and one-down batsman Pant.
Thereafter, skipper Pandey and Pant joined forces to add 42 runs for the third wicket before Pandey and Haryana's Deepak Hooda (32) added 78 valuable runs for the fourth wicket.
All-rounder Krunal Pandya (48 off 27 balls) played a useful hand lower down the order, clobbering seven boundaries and a six.
Krunal Pandya & Manish Pandey added 61 runs for the 5th wicket against Afghanistan A. pic.twitter.com/U8poNn7fiq— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) August 1, 2017
For Afghanistan, left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf (2/48) was the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, Afghanistan A lost their first wicket with one run on the board. Opener Javed Ahmadi (21) along with one-down Younas Ahmadzai (28) and middle-order batsman Rahmat Shah (28) started well but failed to convert their scores into big numbers.
Middle-order batsman Najibullah Zadran (62) was the lone warrior for the Afghans but failed to find enough support as the Indian bowlers tightened their grip by picking wickets at regular intervals.
For India A, medium-pacer Siraj picked up three wickets while Siddharth Kaul and Vijay Shankar picked two wickets each.
(With inputs from IANS)