Unofficial Test: India reached 125 for one on Day 2 before Stumps.© Twitter
India A declared a cautious response to South Africa A’s giant 509 for seven when they finished day 2 of the unofficial opening test on Wednesday for 125 for one. Captain Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran batted at 45 and 27 respectively at the draw stumps. Starting batsman Prithvi Shaw (48 off 45 balls) looked ominous before being sent off in the 14th over of India A’s first innings.
He hit nine fours during his knockout. India, who faced 33 overs on Wednesday, are trailing by 384 runs in the four-day match.
Earlier, South Africa A-batsmen continued to dominate the India A-bowlers as the home side added 166 runs from 45.3 overs before declaring their first innings at 509 for seven of 135.3 overs.
With 343 for three, South Africa A captain Pieter Malan could only add six runs from his overnight 157 when he fell early in the day against Navdeep Saini.
Jason Smith, who was 51 not out on stumps on the first day, added just one run to become Arzan Nagwaswalla’s victim. But the duo of wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile (82 not out) and George Linde (51) defied the Indian bowlers by adding 102 runs for the sixth wicket in 27.2 overs.
On the first day Tuesday, the Indian bowlers had a difficult time on the field as Pieter Malan and Tony de Zorzi scored hundreds to take South Africa A to 343 for three in 90 overs. After choosing to bowl, India A got two early wickets before Malan and Zorzi (117) shared a stand of 217 runs around the third wicket to put South Africa A in a strong position.
Short counts:South Africa A: 509 for 7 declared in 135.3 overs (Pieter Malan 163, Tony de Zorzi 117; Navdeep Saine 2/67, Arzan Nagwaswalla 2/75). India A: 125 for 1 in 33 overs (Prithvi Shaw 48, Priyank Panchal 45 batting).
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