A strong, all-round performance by the Powerade South Africa A team saw them take home a third bonus point win when they beat Afghanistan A in the last round-robin match of the One-Day Triangular Series at Assupol Tuks Oval on Saturday.
Aaron Phangiso led the bowling attack, taking 3/39 to help restrict the visitors to 202/9 after putting them in to bat first. Opener, Usman Ghani top scored with 54 from 65 balls (six fours, two sixes), while Rahmat Shah and Najibullah Zadran chipped in with 32 and 28 runs respectively.
Junior Dala (2/42) also made a handy contribution with the ball, adding two wickets to the tally on the home side’s road to victory.
Reeza Hendricks and Henry Davids got South Africa’s reply off to a solid start with a 88-run opening stand before the latter’s dismissal for 41 in the 14th over. Hendricks went on to hit 76 at a run a ball (seven fours, one six) before Shah (2/44) struck, removing him in the 26th. It was all left to the captain, Khaya Zondo and Farhaan Behardien who returned unbeaten scores of 32 and 30 to give their side a strong win in the end.
South Africa will take on India A in the final on Tuesday, 8 August at the same venue. The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 8.
Powerade South Africa A team:
Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins, capt), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Henry Davids (Multiply Titans), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans, wk), Farhaan Behardien (Multiply Titans), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dane Paterson (WSB Cape Cobras), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans).