RILEE ROSSOUW played an innings of exceptional quality but it was not enough to prevent South Africa A suffering a heart-breaking defeat against India A in the quadrangular A-team tournament at Darwin on Saturday.
South Africa A reached a competitive 275/8 in their 50 overs thanks largely to Rossouw (137 off 150 balls, 15 fours), only for India A to chase down the target with one wicket and one ball to spare.
Rossouw shared stands of 60 with Reeza Hendricks, 62 with Cody Chetty and 76 with Farhaan Behardien, before being sixth man out, having contributed well over half of South Africa’s total of 249/6 at that stage.
When India A batted, South Africa A probably paid the price of only having four specialist bowlers, of whom Mthokozisi Shezi was the best with outstanding figures of 2/26 in his 10 overs. Marchant de Lange was rather more expensive although he took three wickets (3/71 in 10 overs).
Behardien and Justin Ontong, who shared the fifth bowler load, between them conceded 75 runs in 11 overs although Ontong did pick up two wickets.