Cricket News Ishan Kishan Fifty Helps India A To Tense Two-Wicket Win Vs South Africa A

first_img New Delhi: Ishan Kishan’s whirlwind 55 off 24 balls had put India A on course for a commanding win in the second unofficial ODI against South Africa A in Thiruvananthapuram. However, a mini-collapse of four quick wickets for 30 runs had South Africa A hoping for a miraculous turnaround. Krunal Pandya, though, had other ideas and he calmly batted with the tail as his unbeaten 23 gave India A a tense two-wicket win on Saturday and they extended their lead to 2-0 in the five-match series. The match itself was in doubt to begin. Heavy overnight rain had resulted in a wet outfield and the match was reduced to 21 overs after a delay of over three and a half hours. India A inserted South Africa into bat and they struck immediately. Janneman Malan was run-out while Khaleel Ahmed got the big wicket of Reeza Hendricks, who had hit a century in the previous match.Temba Bavuma, captaining the South Africa A side, then helped stage a revival with Khaya Zondo with a 48-run stand. However, it wa the duo of Heinrich Klassen and Geroge Linde who gave South Africa the finishing boost. The duo shared a 52-run stand but Linde carried on to decimate the India A bowlers. Linde took full toll on Deepak Chahar as he blasted 15 runs in the final over to notch up his fifty off 24 balls and help South Africa A to a tricky 162/5.In response, India A lost Ruturaj Gaekwad chaply but Shubman Gill once again showed his prowess with some confident strokes. Anmolpreet Singh targeted Anrich Nortje with a six and a four as India A made good progress. Linde, who hurt India A with the bat, this time chipped in with the ball as he took Anmolpreet’s wicket while Bjorn Fortuin got the wicket of Shubman.Also Read | India’s U-19 captain Ishan Kishan get great dealsHowever, Kishan’s arrival changed the whole game. He got going with a big six off Linde and he smashed Fortuin for two fours. The 12th over bowled by Junior Dala put India A on course as Kishan blasted two fours and a six. Kishan grew in confidence by hammering a four and six off Beuran Hendricks and Marco Jansen. The left-hander notched up his fifty off just 22 balls by hamering Nortje for a six over deep midwicket. Also Read | IOS signs India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan for three yearsNortje, though, had his revenge and after Kishan fell for 55, India A’s lower middle order wobbled. Dala got the wickets of Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar while Shardul Thakur was run-out. But, Krunal Pandya held his nerve by regularly piercing the gaps and he got India A closer with a six off Jansen. Fittingly, Krunal stroked the winning runs as India A won a tense match. The third match of the series will be played on September 2 and the five-match series will be followed by two unofficial Tests at Wayanad.The day, though, belonged to Kishan and the way how he tackled some of the South Africa bowlers who have enjoyed international success. This knock should hopefully knock on the national selector’s doors in the coming days as India prepare for a vital four years. Ishan Kishan hit a fifty off 22 balls.India A won the first match by 69 runs.Shikhar Dhawan will play in the last two games of the series. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Women’s volleyball earns three wins over weekend

first_imgEmily Smith | Daily TrojanThis past weekend, the women’s volleyball team traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif., to compete in the Thunderdome Classic.  The Trojans prevailed in all three of their matches, which included tournament wins against Arkansas, UC Santa Barbara and Yale.  These victories extend the Trojans overall season record to 7-2.Entering the matches, USC was ranked 19th in the country and anticipated to win its matches.  But the first tournament match against the University of Arkansas turned out to be a challenge as the Trojans barely pulled out the victory in five sets (22-25,25-21, 20-25, 26-24, 15-9).  Arkansas and USC both brought their best defense to the match; both teams combined for 31 blocks.  The Razorbacks accounted for 16 of those blocks, and they kept the Trojans on a season-low .176 hitting percentage.For the Trojans, junior libero Victoria Garrick was a key contributor in holding Arkansas to a .168 percentage by having 20 digs in the match.After the tough match with Arkansas, the Trojans managed to rebound with a sweep of UC Santa Barbara (25-16, 25-16, 25-20).  Against the Gauchos, the Trojans found their groove as they improved their hitting percentage to .389, which they achieved with no errors in the first two sets.  Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier led the Trojans with 10 kills, junior outside hitter Alyse Ford added nine kills and senior opposite hitters Brittany Abercrombie and Niki Withers scored seven kills each.The Trojan offense also received contributions from their setters, especially against UCSB.  With an accumulated 41 assists between senior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley and sophomore setter Cindy Marina, the Trojans had 46 kills that match in comparison with Santa Barbara’s 26.In the final match of the tournament against Yale, the Trojans were not contested and defeated the Bulldogs in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-12).  Junior outside hitter Alyse Ford swung for an impressive .562 percentage with 10 kills.  Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier also had 10 kills on a .214 attack percentage.  Throughout the match with the Bulldogs, the Trojans only trailed once.  Their performance earned the squad its third match sweep of the season.  The Trojans will continue play next weekend in the Maryland Classic against Maryland and Oklahoma.last_img read more

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