Travis Head scored a brilliant 110 as Australia A reached 322-5 against South Africa A.
The Australia A skipper’s excellent innings came off 117 balls, with 13 fours and a six (S/R 94.01) before he was bowled by Beuran Hendricks at the end of the 47th over.
Usman Khawaja was run out for 10 at the top of the innings, after which D’Arcy Short and Head added 83 for the second wicket before Short fell one short of his fifty, trapped leg before by Shaun von Berg.
South African-born Marnus Labuschagne scored 65 off 67 balls in a 136-run stand with Head, followed by Matt Renshaw with 42 off 29 balls to lift Australia A to 322-5 off their 50 overs as they look to get off the bottom of the table in the rain-ravaged tournament.
Khaya Zondo (0-41, econ 5.12), Dwaine Pretorius (0-36, econ 4.50) and Robbie Frylinck (0-45, econ 5.62) bowled tidily, while Sisanda Magala picked up two wickets for 59 runs.
In the other match, India A was bowled out for 217 in 49 overs by India B. The A team relied on Ambati Rayudu’s 48 off 75 balls (two fours, three sixes) and thirties from Sanju Samson and Krishnappa Gowtham as they struggled to get on top of their countrymen. Prasidh Krishna was the destroyer-in-chief, knocking over the top three India A batsmen to leave them on 45-3, finishing the innings with figures of 4-50.
Dharmendrasinh Jadeja played a key role in hampering India A’s run rate, conceding just 25 runs off his 10 overs, as well as picking up the wicket of Gowtham with his slow left-arm orthodox.
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