National Performance Squad v South Africa A, Darwin August 2, 2014

Hendricks, Rossouw deliver third place for SA A

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South Africa A 3 for 255 (Hendricks 90, Rossouw 69, Chetty 55*) beat National Performance Squad 9 for 252 (Head 60, Keath 55, Viljoen 3-37, de Lange 3-64) by seven wickets

A powerful performance from South Africa A's top order made short work of National Performance Squad (NPS) total of 252 in the third-place playoff of the Quadrangular Series in Darwin. The visitors' top three - Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw and Cody Chetty - made half-centuries to complete the chase with 69 balls to spare.

After winning the toss, NPS relied on fifties from opener Alex Keath and No. 4 Travis Head to set up their score. Keath made 55 of 96 balls, while Head's 60 came off 61. Seven of the other nine batsmen made it into double figures, but Sean Abbott's 24 was the highest. NPS slipped from 2 for 130, when Keath was dismissed, to 8 for 218 and did not have the propulsion they needed at the finish. South Africa's quicks - Marchant de Lange, Beuran Hendricks and Hardus Viljoen took eight wickets between them.

Chasing 253, South Africa made a cracking start with the openers added 138 in quick time. Rossouw's 69 took only 53 balls and Hendricks' 90 came off 75. They were dismissed by Mark Steketee and Keath respectively, but Chetty made brisk, unbeaten 55 at No. 3 to see the chase through to the finish. It was done in 39.3 overs.

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  • Pierre on August 2, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    It really is time for Rilee Rossouw to play for the Proteas. He has been the most consistent batsman on the domestic scene for a good 2-3 years.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Interesting that Shezi, SA A's best bowler, has played 7 franchise 50 overs matches for the Dolphins in 7 years. The rest of his L/O matches are for the amateur KZN team...

  • Android on August 2, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Rishi dhawan done fantatic perfomance limited offertunity he have got

  • Himanshu on August 2, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Kedar Jadhav has been the standout player in the tournament and he's done everything in his control to prove his case. It's upto the selectors now to either continue to pick other middle order batsmen like Rahane and Rayudu that have been nothing but mediocre or pick someone exciting like Kedar Jadhav.

  • Khem on August 2, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    This is a fantastic win for young Indian brigade. There are so many fantastic performances by some young players. First of all I would like to mention Sanju Samson and Kedar Jadav. Both on them deserves to be in Indian ODI team. Besides these two players, there are some standout performances by Rishi Dhawan, Manoj Tiwari, & Aksar Patel. The way Rishi Dhawan has batted under pressure in final suggests that he is the best seam bowling allrouder available. He must be there in ODI team which will play ODI in England later. I think, this is the right time to include all these young players in ODI team and groom until world cup. I am pretty sure, we will be able to defend our world cup crown next year if players will be selected on the basis of their performance not on past record.

  • Vinay on August 2, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Kedhar Jadhav deserves to be in Indian ODI team.

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