Siraj takes 10-for as India A beat South Africa A by innings and 30 runs

Siraj takes 10-for as India A beat South Africa A by innings and 30 runs

BENGALURU: For the second time in the contest Rudi Second walked out to bat when his team needed a stayer at the crease. In the first innings too, he came when his team was struggling at 93/4 before contributing a defining 94. The script on the final day of the first four-day match between India ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’ too panned out in a similar fashion.

Resuming at his overnight score of four and team total at 99/4, Second, 29, ground it out in the middle for 324 minutes at the M Chinnaswamy stadium to score another gritty 94 (214b, 11×4), but could not deny the home team a win.

On a dull Tuesday when the clouds kept them company through the day, the home team struggled to break the resistance of the resilient visitors. With fading light and jaded bowlers, Shreyas Iyer’s men pulled off an innings and 30-run win. While the result seems like a walk in the park, the opposition made India ‘A’ sweat it out, with the win coming with seven balls left for close of play.

Through the day, the visitors played with the sole objective of not throwing away their wickets. First, nightwatchman Zubayr Hamza (63, 126b, 11×4) decided to make a match of it and found an able ally in Second. Unlike the previous three days, the bowling side had to wait till the ninth over for a breakthrough which Gurbani (2/45) ensured with Hamza being caught at slips by Hanuma Vihari.

Second and Shaun Von Berg (50, 175b, 1×4) then added a patient 306-ball 119 for the sixth wicket. The fall of Von Berg to Gurbani and a low one from Yuzvendra Chahal trapping Second in front, set the South Africans back further. Malusi Siboto did try to salvage a draw with his 50-ball 7 (64 minutes) but ran out of partners as pacer Mohammed Siraj completed his second five-wicket haul of the match.

Scoreboard

South Africa ‘A’: (I innings) 246 all out

India ‘A’: 584/8 decl

South Africa ‘A’: (2nd innings, o/n 99/4): Hamza c Vihari b Gurbani 63, Rudi Second lbw Chahal 94, Von Berg c Samarth b Gurbani 50, Piedt c Bharat b Saini 8, Siboto (not out) 7, Hendricks c Bharat b Axar 10, Olivier c Bharat b Siraj 0. Extras: (B-17, LB-8, NB-5, W-2) 32. Total (all out; 128.5 overs) 308.

Fall of wickets: 5-121, 6-240, 7-277, 8-286, 9-304.

Bowling: Siraj 27.5-9-73-5, Saini 21-11-24-1, Gurbani 15-4-45-2, Axar 30-13-43-1, Chahal 31-8-85-1, Vihari 3-0-3-0, Iyer 1-0-10-0.

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