The little-known L.C. de Villiers Oval in Pretoria had a brush with cricketing history as it witnessed India ‘A’ opener Shikhar Dhawan smash 248 runs in just 150 balls in a one-day game against South Africa ‘A’.
The teams are playing a triangular one-day tournament, Australia ‘A’ being the third team in the fray. This was practically a knockout game between India 'A' and South Africa 'A'. The Indians had lost their two games to Australia and needed to beat South Africa today to qualify for Wednesday's final against Australia.
While Dhawan's innings powered India to 433-4, South Africa responded brilliantly with hundreds from Reeza Hendricks and Vaughn van Jaarsveld but they were eventually bowled out for 394 in the 49th over.
NEW INDIAN RECORD
With this innings, Dhawan has beaten the Indian record for the top one-day score, held by his Delhi state-mate Virender Sehwag who had made 219 in a one-day international against the West Indies in 2011.
The Indian innings had been through just 44.4 overs when Dhawan fell to Rusty Theron, who had figures of 1-98 in 10 overs. His new-ball partner Hardus Viljoen took 1-94 in eight. India ‘A’ amassed 433-3 after electing to bat, with Pujara making an unbeaten 109 in just 97 balls.
There was not a single Indian among one-day double centurions for nearly forty years of the sport’s history. But since Sachin Tendulkar reached the mark against South Africa in 2010, two more have followed.
BREAK-UP OF DHAWAN’S INNINGS
50 — 31 balls (8x4)
100 — 86 balls (13x4)
150 — 108 balls (17x4, 3x6)
200 — 132 balls (24x4, 4x6)
248 — 150 balls (30x4, 7x6)
The world record score — 268 by Alister Brown for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2003 — was in Dhawan’s grasp when he was caught behind by Dane Vilas off Theron. [See the list of one-day double hundreds]
India A’s score of 433 is the sixth highest one-day score ever, well short of the world record of 496-4 in 50 overs by Surrey against Gloucestershire in 2007.
Dhawan opened the game with a 91-run stand with Murali Vijay who made a quick 40 (37b). But what followed would have terrorised the young bowling attack led by Justin Ontong.
Dhawan and Pujara added a massive 285 runs for the second wicket in just 33.2 overs.
South Africa were up to the challenge with openers Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw racing to 102 in the opening 10 overs. Hendricks completed in just 75 balls. This was followed by van Jaarsveld's hundred batting at No. 4 off 87 balls.
Ishar Pandey, who had an expensive start of 0-32 in three overs, hit back with 4-44 in his next six overs. The South African tail couldn't keep up with the rising rate as wickets continued to fall. The game was settled in the 46th over when van Jaarsveld and Roelof van der Merwe both fell to Pandey.
SCOREBOARD [Live Scores]
S Dhawan c Vilas b Theron 248 (150b, 30x4, 7x6)
M Vijay c Vilas b B Hendricks 40 (37b, 7x4)
C Pujara not out 109 (97b, 8x4)
S Raina c van der Merwe b Viljoen 6 (4b, 1x4)
D Karthik not out 18 (12b, 1x6)
Extras (b-1, lb-2, w-9) 12
Total (3 wickets; 50 overs) 433
FOW: 1-91 (Vijay, 11.2 overs), 2-376 (Dhawan, 44.4 overs), 3-386 (Raina, 45.4 overs).
South Africa A bowling: G Viljoen 8-0-94-1 (3w); J Theron 10-0-98-1 (3w); R van der Merwe 7-0-61-0; B Hendricks 9-0-62-1; D Piedt 10-0-68-0; J Ontong 3-0-15-0; V van Jaarsveld 3-0-32-0.
South Africa 'A'
R Hendricks b Binny 106 (78B, 12X4, 2X6)
R Rossouw b Nadeem 43 (31b, 4x4, 2x6)
D Elgar c Pujara b Raina 15 (13b, 2x4)
VB van Jaarsveld c Raina b Pandey 108 (91b, 7x4, 5x6)
J Ontong c Parvez Rasool b Dhawan 49 (36b, 8x4)
D Vilas c & b Pandey 2 (4b)
R van der Merwe c Dhawan b Pandey 36 (26b, 1x4, 2x6)
J Theron b Unadkat 7 (7b, 1x4)
D Piedt c Nadeem b Unadkat 0 (1b)
G Viljoen b Pandey 7 (5b, 1x4)
B Hendricks not out 2 (3b)
Extras (b-4, lb-7, w-5, nb-3) 19
Total (all out, 48.4 overs) 394
FOW: 1-121 (Rossouw, 12.4 overs), 2-140 (Elgar, 15.4 overs), 3-203 (RR Hendricks, 24.5 overs), 4-281 (Ontong, 35.4 overs), 5-287 (Vilas, 36.5 overs), 6-376 (van Jaarsveld, 45.4 overs), 7-378 (van der Merwe, 45.6 overs), 8-378 (Piedt, 46.1 overs), 9-388 (Viljoen, 47.5 overs), 10-394 (Theron, 48.4 overs)
Bowling: J Unadkat 8.4-0-79-2, I Pandey 9-0-76-4, P Rasool 10-0-75-0, S Raina 6-0-35-1, S Nadeem 7-0-52-1, S Binny 5-0-42-1, S Dhawan 3-0-24-1.
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