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Manoj, Manish script victory

Darwin: Manoj Tiwary and Manish Pandey missed out on three-figure marks, but their contrasting innings were good enough to guide India A to a comprehensive 70-run win over South Africa A in their second match of the quadrangular series, here, on Tuesday.

Manoj blazed his way to a 73-ball 93, while Manish scored 91 off 108 balls as India A piled up an imposing 326 for seven in 50 overs. In reply, pacer Dhawal Kulkarni ran through the rival middle order, claiming five for 54 as South Africa A were all out for 256 in 47.1 overs.

Manoj and Manish added 124 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation for a big score. The Bengal batsman hit nine fours and a six, while Manish dropped anchor during his 108-ball kncok that was laced with seven fours and a six.

It was left to Ambati Rayudu (32 off 20) and Sanju Samson (24 off 13 balls) to take the score past the 300-mark.

Earlier, opting to bat, captain Robin Uthappa departed with not many on the board, offering a catch to Vaughn van Jaarsveld, off the bowling of right-arm seamer Kagiso Rabada.

Former India under-19 captain Unmukt Chand (47) then joined forces with Manish, but the duo failed to score quickly during their 84-run second wicket partnership. Unmukt hit three fours and two sixes in his 62-ball innings.

Unmukt perished playing a rank poor shot, caught by Rilee Russouw in the deep, giving off-break bowler Simon Harmer his only wicket. While the South Africans scored 54 runs for the opening stand, they were never in the match as they lost wickets at regular intervals. (PTI)