Thiruvananthapuram: Captain Manish Pandey and Shivam Dube produced power-packed knocks to pave the way for India A’s four-wicket win over South Africa A in the third unofficial ODI in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, giving the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Dube smashed an unbeaten 45 off 28 balls while Pandey plundered 81 off 59 balls as India A overcame a poor start to win the rain-affected match rather comfortably in the end. Chasing 208 in 30 overs, India A reached the target in 27.5 overs.India A was in a spot of bother at 25 for 3 in the 7th over, having lost Ruturaj Gaikwad (1), Ricky Bhui (0) and Krunal Pandya (13) before Ishan Kishan (40 off 41 balls) and Pandey steadied the ship.The aggressive Jharkhand southpaw Kishan, who starred in the second match, again underlined his talent with a fluent knock.Pandey, who started rather slowly, opened up after Kishan fell to left-arm spinner George Linde. The Karnataka right-hander smashed five sixes and powered the team’s chase. Dube, who walked in at the fall of Nitish Rana (13), added 41 runs with Pandey. The skipper fell to a catch by Lutho Sipamla off left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin.India A needed 32 runs from as many deliveries at this stage but Dube’s pyrotechnics helped the team romp home with 13 balls remaining.Linde and the pacy Anrich Nortje took two wickets each for South Africa A.Earlier, ’keeper Heinrich Klaasen hit a 21-ball 44 to set up South Africa A’s total.There were also useful contributions from Janneman Malan (37), Matthew Breetzke (36) and captain Temba Bavuma (27). Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya took two wickets each.The visiting team looked set for a much bigger total before the India A bowlers pulled things back in the last few overs. Deepak Chahar bowled a superb final over, giving away just three runs.Manish Pandey was named man of the match.Brief scores: South Africa A 207 for 8 in 30 overs (H Klaasen 44, J Malan 37, M Breetzke 36, Krunal Pandya 2/23, D Chahar 2/42) lost to India A 208 for 6 in 27.5 overs (M Pandey 81, Shivam Dube 45 not out, Ishan Kishan 40, A Nortje 2/41, G Linde 2/41). IANSAlso Read: Feels good to get Pujara as my first Test wicket: Rahkeem CornwallAlso Watch:Assam Medical Service Association & IMA staged 24 hr strike in Tinsukia
Accra Hearts of Oak returned to winning ways in the Ghana Premier League with a narrow 1-0 win over Dreams FC in Dawu.Striker Kofi Kordzi scored the only goal of the game in the second half to condemn Dreams to their first defeat at home this season.Hearts of Oak threatened first when Joseph Esso curled a delightful free-kick that came off the top of the crossbar in the 14th minute.With Dreams struggling to muster any decent sequence of play, Hearts of Oak looked the more dangerous team every time they attacked.But it took another 10 minutes for the Phobians to sniff at Peter Sarkodie’s goal again, this time Daniel Afriyie’s glancing header from Raddy Ovouka’s pinpoint cross just going wide off the mark.Dreams had their first on target on the half hour mark with danger man Emmanuel Ocran shooting straight at Richard Attah from 20 yards.On the stroke of half time, Joseph Esso hit the underside of the crossbar, this time from a vile shot unleashed from inside the box after brilliant work on the wings to create space for himself in the area.The Phobians went into the break unlucky not to be ahead.Back from recess, Hearts of Oak continued from where they left off.They finally got their reward in the 54th minute when Kofi Kordzi twisted and turned in the box before firing a low drive into the bottom corner.The goal came at the end of some sweet intricate passing from Edward Odoom’s men.It was a deserved lead for the Phobians.Dreams almost levelled after the restart but Ibrahim Issah’s effort came off the woodwork before being cleared eventually.The rest of the second half wore on without clear-cut chances with Esso and Afriyie shooting wide towards the end.Goalkeeper Atta was booked for time wasting late on but the Phobians had victory wrapped then, making amends for their home defeat to Kotoko 7 days prior.Hearts will next face Ashantigold in Accra in a mid-week fixture.