India ‘A’ crushed hosts South Africa ‘A’ by an innings and 13 runs on the fourth and final day of the opening unofficial Test to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, here on Tuesday.
Indian bowlers continued their dominance as they shot out South Africa for 212 in the second innings after making the hosts follow on at Olympia Park.
Seam bowlers Mohammed Shami (three for 29) and Ishwar Pandey (three for 25) picked up three wickets each, while part-time spinner Rohit Sharma scalped two wickets to fashion India’s crushing win.
Middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma (65) was the top-scorer for South Africa in its second innings. His 138-ball innings was laced with six fours.
Resuming at overnight 312 for nine, Kyle Abbott (33 not out) and Andrew Birch (18) provided some late resistance before Suresh Raina had the latter trapped leg before to bring an end to South Africa’s first innings at 357.
After asking South Africa to follow on, India’s frontline quicks struck early with Pandey dismissing Reeza Hendricks (4) in the third ball of his first over.
Shami then struck twice in the sixth over, removing Dean Elgar (3) and J-P Duminy (0) in the space of four deliveries.
Newman Rilee Rossouw tried to break the shackles and cracked three boundaries in the 10th over bowled by Shami.
He was dismissed in the 20th over by Raina, who castled Rossouw’s timbers when the batsman went for a sweep shot.
Bavuma picked up a couple of boundaries in the 23rd over off Raina, while Ontong (19) hit two fours off Shami’s in the 25th over.
But Shami came back strongly to clean up Ontong in the fourth delivery of the same over as South Africa slipped to 93 for five.
Pandey took his second wicket in the form of Tsolekile in the 35th over before Nadeem got rid off Wayne Parnell (10) as South Africa further slumped to 140 for seven in 41.4 overs.
India ‘A’ 582 for nine decl. bt South Africa ‘A’ 357 (Rilee Rossouw 57, J-P Duminy 84, Justin Ontong 47, Thami Tsolekile 47, Kyle Abbott 33 not out, Ishwar Pandey four for 46, Suresh Raina three for 40) and 212 (Rossouw 34, Temba Bavuma 65, Simon Harmer 31 not out, Pandey three for 25, Mohammed Shami three for 33).