Smith stars again in AIS victory
Australian Institute of Sports 3 for 140 (Cooper 72*) beat India Emerging Players 139 (Kohli 35, Smith 3-13) by seven wickets
Two days after belting a match-winning century, Steven Smith followed up with a three-wicket haul that again helped set up a comfortable victory for the Australian Institute of Sports. Guided by a half-century from Tom Cooper, the AIS had no trouble overhauling India Emerging Players' score of 139 with nearly 15 overs remaining.
Despite economical bowling from Amit Mishra, Dhawal Kulkarni and Sudeep Tyagi, India had little chance of restricting the AIS following their below-par batting effort. Cooper finished unbeaten on 72 and had support from the 17-year-old Mitchell Marsh, the brother of Shaun, who made 29.
The triumph had been set up when the home team refused to let any hefty partnerships build during the Indians' innings. Virat Kohli posted 35 before becoming one of two wickets that fell to the Kerala medium-pacer Nizar Niyas, who was playing for the AIS.
The real damage came via the Australians' spin, with Jon Holland picking up 2 for 39 from his ten overs. The legspinning allrounder Smith, who two days earlier had scored 125 against the New Zealanders, helped finish off the Indians in the 42nd over as he ended up with 3 for 13.
South Africa Emerging Players 203 (Rossouw 67, Kuhn 44, Wagner 3-37) beat New Zealand Emerging Players 164 (Beard 41*, Tshabalala 4-41) by 39 runs
South Africa Emerging Players continued to roll on with defeat of New Zealand, whose batting woes continued to let them down in pursuit of a small target. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner were impressive with their seamers as South Africa were dismissed for 203, but New Zealand's top order was quickly in trouble at 3 for 26 and could not fight back.
Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme hit at South Africa's top order but Rilee Rossouw carried the innings with a composed 67 and Heino Kuhn contributing 44 from 51 balls. Wanger and Southee checked the lower order well and South Africa were dismissed in 48.2 overs.
Then CJD de Villiers and Thandi Tshabalala, who took 4 for 41, confounded New Zealand as South Africa continued their unbeaten run in the tournament. BJ Watling went for 8 and de Villiers found the edge of de Grandhomme's bat for 10, after which New Zealand slumped to 4 for 49. Anaru Kitchen (37) and Nick Beard (41 not out) found little support along the way as Tshabala struck with his handy and accurate spin. He cut off Kitchen before scalping lower-order wickets, including Southee who swung his bat for 17 off 12 balls.