25 Nov SA A DECLARE WITH HUGE TOTAL BEFORE INDIA A BEGIN THEIR FIGHTBACK
BLOEMFONTEIN: South Africa A posted an emphatic first innings total, declaring after surpassing the 500-run mark before India A closed out day two of their opening four-day encounter on 125 / 1 at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, still trailing by 384 runs
The day’s action was streamed live on SuperSport’s YouTube channel and on SuperSport Channel 246 on the DSTV Now App.
Resuming play on 343 / 3 with in-form batters, Pieter Malan (163) and Jason Smith (52) at the crease, the South African side lost two quick wickets in the morning after adding seven runs to the overnight score with both men falling to Navdeep Saini (2 – 67) and Arzan Nagwaswalla (2 – 75) respectively.
Sinethemba Qeshile and George Linde (51 off 80 balls; 9 fours) continued where their predecessors left off at the crease, combining well for a 102-run partnership for the sixth wicket as Qeshile remained unbeaten on an impressive 82 off 112 balls (10 fours, 2 sixes) as SA A declared on 509 / 7.
Tasked with an uphill battle in their first innings response, the subcontinent visitors began brightly out in the middle, recording 80 runs for the opening stand before Lutho Sipamla (1 – 28) removed Prithvi Shaw (48).
Captain, Priyank Panchal (45*), alongside Abhimanyu Easwaran (27*) guided India A to within 384 runs of their opponent’s first innings score at stumps, with two days left to play.
Day three of the first unofficial test between SA A and India A takes place on Thursday, 25 November with the action starting at 10h00.
India A trail South Africa A by 384 runs
South Africa A: 509 / 7dec after 135.3 overs; P. Malan 163 (282), T. de Zorzi 117 (186); Navdeep Saini 2 – 67, Arzan Nagwaswalla 2 – 75
India A: 125 / 1 after 33 overs; P. Shaw 48 (45), P. Panchal 45* (99); L. Sipamla 1 – 28, B. Hendricks 0 – 18
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