Ishan Kishan does the star turn as India 'A' make it 2-0

Whirlwind knock
Ishan Kishan bludgeoned five fours and four sixes. File photo: AFP

Thiruvananthapuram: Ishan Kishan smashed a 24-ball 55 as India 'A' recorded a two-wicket victory over South Africa 'A' in the second one-dayer on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Chasing 163 for victory in a shortened 21-over game, Kishan bludgeoned five fours and four sixes. His whirlwind knock came after India 'A' were struggling at 57/3 at one stage, losing Ruturaj Gaikwad (1), Anmolpreet Singh (30) and Shubman Gill (21) by the ninth over.

India 'A' won with an over to spare despite Kishan falling in the 15th over to Anrich Nortje as all-rounder Krunal Pandya (23 not out off 15 balls) took the team home.

For South Africa 'A', pacer Junior Dala picked up a couple of wickets.

Earlier, George Linde's 25-ball unbeaten 52 helped the Proteas reach 162/5 in 21 overs after India 'A' skipper Manish Pandey elected to field. Linde hit five sixes and one four and joined hands with stumper Heinrich Klaasen (31).

Skipper Temba Bavuma made a 33-ball 40 before Yuzvendra Chahal sent him packing.

Shivam Dube, who top-scored in the first game, was left out for pacer Shardul Thakur.

Brief scores: South Africa 'A' 162/5 in 21 overs (George Linde 52, Temba Bavuma 40) lost to India 'A' 163/8 in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 55; Junior Dala 2/25).

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