24 Nov CAPTAIN’S KNOCK PUTS SA A IN COMMANDING POSITION ON DAY 1 AGAINST INDIA A
BLOEMFONTEIN: The South African A side overcame a tricky start on day one of their first four-day encounter against India A thanks to crucial hundreds from captain Pieter Malan and Tony de Zorzi as the hosts reached stumps on 343 / 3 at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.
All three matches during the series will be streamed live via SuperSport’s YouTube channel and SuperSport Channel 246 on the DSTV Now App between 23 November – 09 December.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the SA A side lost two quick morning session wickets with Navdeep Saini (1 – 57) and Arzan Nagwaswalla (1 – 58) striking early for the visitors before Malan and De Zorzi combined for a third wicket stand worth 217 to put South Africa in control.
De Zorzi continued his Six Gun Grill Western Province form with the bat to bring up his fifth First-Class hundred with an innings of 117 off 186 balls (18 fours) while his former provincial teammate, Malan went one better to finish the day unbeaten on 157 off 258 (18 fours), recording his 37th career ton in red-ball cricket.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins all-rounder Jason Smith closed the day out alongside Malan on an 88-ball 51* (4 fours, 1), while India A’s Umran Malik (1 – 43) picked up the other wicket to fall on day one.
South Africa A leads India A by 343 runs
South Africa A: 343 / 3 after 90 overs; P. Malan 157* (258), T. De Zorzi 117 (186); U. Malik 1 – 43, N. Saini 1 – 57
India A: Yet to bat.
South Africa A squad to play India A:
Pieter Malan (captain, GbetsRocks), Sarel Erwee (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Edward Moore (Gbets Warriors), Raynard van Tonder (ITEC Knights), Sinethemba Qeshile (Gbets Warriors), Senuran Muthusamy (North West Dragons), Marco Jansen (Gbets Warriors), Migael Pretorius (ITEC Knights), Beuran Hendricks (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Lutho Sipamla (Imperial Lions), Glenton Stuurman (Gbets Warriors), George Linde (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Jason Smith (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tony de Zorzi (Six Gun Grill Western Province).
India A squad touring South Africa:
Priyank Panchal (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, Baba Aparajith, Upendra Yadav (wicketkeeper), K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel, Arzan Nagwaswalla
India A Tour to South Africa Itinerary:
Tue 23 – Fri 26 | 1st Four-Day | Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Mon 29 – Thu 02 | 2nd Four-Day | Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Mon 06 – Thu 09 | 3rd Four-Day | Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Preview audio from the two captains, Pieter Malan and Priyank Panchal is available for download here.
Issued by: Cricket South Africa – Corporate Communications
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