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Mayank helps India A chase down target

Mayank Agarwal continued with his blazing red-hot form as India A spoilt South Africa s opening warm-up game, comfortably beating the visitors by eight wickets in the T20 game here on Tuesday.

Chasing a challenging victory target of 190, the India A team, propelled by Mayank’s 49-ball-87 and his rollicking 119-run opening wicket stand with Manan Vohra (56), reached the target with two balls to spare.

If JP Duminy (68 not out), Faf du Plessis (42 <g data-gr-id="19">retd</g> hurt) punished the Indian bowlers, the Indian opening duo was a notch better in dealing with the Proteas attack.

Especially, Mayank, who has practised a lot at the Airforce Sports Complex ground for Delhi Daredevils. His form in limited overs (List A and T20) for India A has been brilliant over the past two months and he would definitely fancy a chance of being in the 30-member <g data-gr-id="22">probables</g> list for World T20 next year.

Mayank and Manan’s <g data-gr-id="18">century plus</g> stand in 12.4 overs sealed the deal as the South African new ball bowlers found it difficult to bowl in humid conditions. Mayank, who has been on a roll in shorter formats, was a revelation once again as he tore apart the South African bowling.

On a pitch that had even <g data-gr-id="23">bounce</g>, seamers Kylie Abbott, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada failed to hit the right length. Both Manan and Mayank, the two IPL specialists, found it easy to deal with short of length deliveries as they cut and pulled with equal disdain.
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