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India-A’s celebrations have to wait

Addng to the tally: Shahbaz Nadeem picked up one of the four South Africa-A wickets to fall on Wednesday.

Addng to the tally: Shahbaz Nadeem picked up one of the four South Africa-A wickets to fall on Wednesday.  

Visitors’ woes continue on a truncated third day blighted by rain and bad light

Rain and bad light made India-A wait a day to win the unofficial first Test against South Africa-A at the Sports Hub on Wednesday.

Only 20 overs of play was possible on the third day but India-A had the South Africans on the mat at 179 for nine when the play was called off due to bad light, 15 minutes before the scheduled close. The visitors lead by 40 runs.

Heavy rain in the morning wiped out two sessions and play began only at 3.30 p.m. The overnight pair of Heinrich Klaasen and Wiaan Mulder didn’t show any signs of discomfort and negotiated the bowling with ease.

Aggressive Mulder

Mulder, in particular, was in sparkling touch. He greeted Gowtham by lofting him over long-on for a six and then square-drove a boundary to show his attacking mood early.

Mohammed Siraj, who was given an extended spell, failed to trouble the batsmen. Klaasen was circumspect but Mulder took the attack to the bowlers. The sixth wicket stand prospered and added 74 runs when bad light stopped play for the first time.

When play resumed after 10 minutes, the Indians got the much-needed breakthrough in the first over bowled by Jalaj Saxena after resumption.

Fatal error

A loud appeal for leg-before against Klaasen was turned down by the umpire. Mulder (46) attempted a run and was send back but he couldn’t beat Ricky Bhui’s direct throw from short square-leg.

Mulder’s dismissal opened the floodgates. Jalaj had Piedt (1) caught by ’keeper Bharat off a ball that bounced and Marco Jansen’s (0) intended drive off Shahbaz Nadeem ended in Ruturaj Gaikwad’s hands in the covers. Klaasen (48) soon lost his patience and was caught in the deep by Shardul Thakur off Jalaj before bad light forced the umpires to call off play.

The scores:

South Africa-A — 1st innings: 164.

India — A: 1st innings: 303.

South Africa-A — 2nd innings: Pieter Malan b Siraj 4, Aiden Markram c Bharat b Shardul 4, Zubayr Hamza c Bhui b Gowtham 44, Khayelihle Zondo c Bharat b Nadeem 10, Senuran Muthuswamy lbw b Nadeem 4, Heinrich Klaasen c Shardul b Jalaj 48, Wiaan Mulder run out 46, Dane Piedt c Bharat b Jalaj 1, Marco Jansen c Gaikwad b Nadeem 0, Lutho Sipamla (batting) 5, Lungi Ngidi (batting) 0; Extras (nb-2, w-1, b-8, lb-2): 13; Total (for nine wkts. in 55 overs): 179.

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-14, 3-38, 4-52, 5-94, 6-168, 7-169, 8-170, 9-178.

India-A bowling: Siraj 11-1-36-1, Shardul 7-1-28-1, Nadeem 14-4-17-3, Dube 4-0-14-0, Gowtham 11-1-52-1, Jalaj 8-2-22-2.

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