India 'A' find the going tough in pursuit of 307 in South Africa
India 'A' were staring at a torrid last day with hosts South Africa 'A' setting them a stiff 307-run victory target in the second and final unofficial Test yesterday
At stumps, the visitors were precariously placed at 3-1 after South Africa declared their innings at 166-5.
Captain Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 2 while night-watchman Shahbaz Nadeem had yet to open his account. Opener Murali Vijay failed for the second time in the match as he was out for a duck off the bowling of Beuran Hendricks in the second over.
He had scored just four in the first essay. It will not be an easy task for the Indians, who chose to rest key players like Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma for the game. India ‘A’, who had won the first Test by an innings, struggled to get the wickets of South Africa ‘A’ batsmen who batted without taking much risk in the 63 overs they faced in their second innings at the LC de Villiers Oval.
Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem took 3-56 while off-spinner Parvez Rasool and pacer Ishwar Pandey got a wicket apiece. Opener Dean Elgar was South Africa ‘A’s top-scorer with a 156-ball 62 while skipper Justin Ontong contributed 35.
The South Africans played sedately in their second innings. While Reeza Hendricks (22) and Elgar added 53 for the opening wicket, Nadeem accounted for the former as he offered a catch to Dinesh Karthik. Left-hander Rilee Russouw (0) defended three balls before Nadeem got through his defence. Earlier in the day, India A were all out for 201 to concede a sizeable 140-run first innings lead to the South Africans.