While Afghanistan and Ireland play against the other associates, those performances aren’t included in the main ODI rankings. Apart from Reeza Hendricks’ 50-ball 70, the hosts had very little to show for. The Indian skipper struck three hundred and a half-century in the series while smashed his career. The chase was set up by the bowlers, especially Shardul Thakur, who was playing his first game of the series. Obviously I began playing keeping the World Cup in mind always. “We scored two wonderful goals and kept them as far as possible from our goal. His inputs will be invaluable,” concluded Iyer. 20 games, India allowed South Africa to stay alive in the series by slumping to a five-wicket loss against the hosts in the third match in Johannesburg on February 18. Their ineptness was partly mitigated by the compensatory efforts of the seamers, the trio of Dhawal Kulkarni, Akash Parkar and Shardul Thakur. The last time Karmakar, who won a historic fourth spot in Rio Olympics, visited Chandigarh was in 20.