Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 5: Shikhar Dhawan's 52 off 43 balls went in vain as India A suffered four-run defeat to South Africa A in a rain-curtailed unofficial fourth ODI here at Greenfield International Stadium on Thursday.
On Wednesday, chasing a target of 193 runs for victory, India A were in a dominant position before the stop of the play. They scored 56 runs for the loss of one wicket in 7.4 overs as Shikhar Dhawan and Prashant Chopra were at the crease with 34 and 6 runs respectively.
The match, which was extended to a reserve day, resumed on Thursday afternoon after another delay due to rain and wet outfield with India A requiring 137 more runs in 17.2 overs by V Jayadevan method (VJD) method to beat South Africa A.
Dhawan and Prashant Chopra (26) started comfortably and looked in great touch. Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored his half-century in style but lost his wicket shortly after that.
After Dhawan's fall at 110 in the 15th over, Shreyas Iyer and Dube stitched a solid partnership and kept the scoreboard ticking with a couple of good shots.
India A were inching closer to victory when skipper Shreyas Iyer (26) and Shivam Dube (31) were in the middle. However, their dismissal in the space of two balls by the pacy Nortje (3/36), began the India A slide as hosts lost six wickets for just 17 runs, slipping to 178 for 9.
It was all left to Rahul Chahar to try and pull off a win in the company of No11 Ishan Porel. Chahar's played a cameo of 17 off 12 India A and pulled India A back in the chase but fell short of four runs.
Earlier, Shreyas Iyer had won the toss and elected to bowl first. The visitors lost only one wicket of opener Matthew Breetzke for 25. Reeza Hendricks continued his form in the series as he remained unbeaten for 60.
South Africa A skipper Temba Bavuma got retired for 28. The wicketkeeper-batsman played a cameo scoring a 12-ball 21 towards the end of the innings and helped South Africa A post a respectable total in the 4th unofficial ODI.
India A lead the five-match ODI series 3-1 and the final unofficial ODI will be played here on Friday. (UNI)