With a view to a senior national team return, Hanuma Vihari found a few runs when India A 198 for five at stumps against South Africa A on the second day of the second unofficial test on Wednesday. Vihari batted at 45 at the end of the match, after finding the fence six times while facing 146 balls. India A are 99 runs behind with half of their team left. After the visitors bowled out the South Africans for 297, the visitors got off to a good start with captain Priyank Panchal (24) and his starting partner Prithvi Shaw (42) adding 57 runs for the first wicket.
Pacer Glenton Stuurman gave the hosts their first breakthrough when he had Panchal captured by Sarel Erwee.
Abhimanyu Easwaran was first ball out, kicked off by Stuurman, the golden duck that paved the way for Vihari’s arrival at the field.
While Vihari was getting into the groove, Shaw fell after a well-made 42 off 54 balls, for which he hit six boundaries. The Mumbai player was sacked by pacemaker Lutho Sipamla to leave the visitors at 69 for three.
Baby Aparajith also could not open his account and only kept seven balls before fast bowler Marco Jansen caught the batsman behind when India dropped A to 76 for four.
However, Vihari found a capable ally in wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan (49 off 71 balls) when the duo added 78 runs around the fifth wicket before the latter was sent back by Jansen just one short of his half-century.
Sarfaraz Khan came in and he also played positively to remain unbeaten on a 51-ball 30 when play was canceled earlier than the scheduled time due to poor light.
Earlier, resuming at 233 for seven, South Africa was limited to within 300, with Navdeep Saini (3/67) and Ishan Porel (3/49) inflicting the bulk of the damage.
With the bat at number eight, Jansen scored the top score in the home team’s first innings with an unbeaten 70 off 123 balls.
South Africa A: 297 all out in 105.5 overs (Marco Jansen 70 not out, George Linde 44; Ishan Porel 3/49, Navdeep Saini 3/67).
India A: 198/5 in 59 overs (Hanuma Vihari 45 batting, Prithvi Shaw 42, Ishan Kishan 49).
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