The 1st unofficial Test between India A and South Africa A ended in a draw after rain played spoilsport on Day 4. India looked good on Day 3 with skipper Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran slamming 96 and century respectively. The duo shared a partnership of 142 runs for the second wicket and took India A to 308/4. On Day 4, India’s innings trail by just 201 odd runs but with no play on the final day, the officials declared it to end in a draw.
Earlier, opting to bat, South Africa posted a landmark total of 509/7on the back of centuries from skipper P Malan & Tony de Zorzi. In response to the hosts’ 509 for seven declared, India A had reached 308 for four at stumps on day three.
Abhimanyu Easwaran compiled a solid hundred in the game but skipper Priyank Panchal missed out on one by only four runs. The bowlers struggled with the hosts piling on the runs.
Hanumar Vihari, who was controversially dropped for the home series against New Zealand, made 25 off 53 balls. Another Indian player Prithvi Shaw scored a fine 48 but would have been disappointed to miss out on a hundred in good batting conditions.
The second match of the three-match series will be played from November 29 at the same venue.
India A Innings:
|Prithvi Shaw||c †Qeshile b Sipamla||48||45||9||0||106.66|
|Priyank Panchal (c)||lbw b Linde||96||171||14||0||56.14|
|Abhimanyu Easwaran||c Erwee b Sipamla||103||209||16||0||49.28|
|Hanuma Vihari||c †Qeshile b Linde||25||53||6||0||47.16|
|Baba Aparajith||not out||19||61||4||0||31.14|
|Upendra Yadav †||not out||5||29||1||0||17.24|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 2, nb 9)||12|
|TOTAL||(93.1 Ov, RR: 3.30)||308/4|
Did not bat: Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Umran Malik
Fall of wickets: 1-80 (Prithvi Shaw, 13.5 ov), 2-222 (Priyank Panchal, 58.1 ov), 3-264 (Hanuma Vihari, 72.6 ov), 4-294 (Abhimanyu Easwaran, 83.3 ov)
South Africa A Innings:
|Sarel Erwee||c Gowtham b Saini||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Pieter Malan (c)||c †Yadav b Saini||163||282||19||0||57.80|
|Raynard van Tonder||lbw b Nagwaswalla||0||9||0||0||0.00|
|Tony de Zorzi||b Umran Malik||117||186||18||0||62.90|
|Jason Smith||c Aparajith b Nagwaswalla||52||108||4||1||48.14|
|Sinethemba Qeshile †||not out||82||112||10||2||73.21|
|George Linde||st †Yadav b Chahar||51||80||9||0||63.75|
|Marco Jansen||run out (Shaw)||17||21||2||0||80.95|
|Lutho Sipamla||not out||5||17||0||0||29.41|
|Extras||(lb 14, nb 5, w 3)||22|
|TOTAL||(135.3 Ov, RR: 3.75)||509/7d|
Did not bat: Beuran Hendricks, Glenton Stuurman
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Sarel Erwee, 0.3 ov), 2-14 (Raynard van Tonder, 3.3 ov), 3-231 (Tony de Zorzi, 60.4 ov), 4-350 (Jason Smith, 97.1 ov), 5-350 (Pieter Malan, 98.1 ov), 6-452 (George Linde, 125.3 ov), 7-487 (Marco Jansen, 131.1 ov)
India A Squad: Priyank Panchal (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, B Aparajith, Upendra Yadav (wk), K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Ishan Kishan (wk), Deepak Chahar
South Africa A squad: Pieter Malan (c), Sarel Erwee, Edward Moore, Raynard van Tonder, Sinethemba Qeshile, Senuran Muthusamy, Marco Jansen, Migael Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, George Linde, Jason Smith, Tony de Zorzi.