Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Vihari shines as India A, South Africa A play out another draw. Hanuma Vihari remained unbeaten on 72.
Hanuma Vihari remained unbeaten on 72.
Despite half centuries by Hanuma Vihari and Abhimanyu Easwaran, India A didn't have ample time to reach the 234-run target set by South Africa A, on the final of the second four-dayer at the Mangaung Oval, on Friday (December 3).
Resuming the day on 115 for 5, the hosts were put on the backfoot early with overnight batters – George Linde and Tony de Zorzi falling early. However, they managed to reach 212 before getting bowled out, courtesy handy contributions by Marco Jansen (28) and Glenton Stuurman (26 not out).
The last five wickets of South Africa's second innings fell to pacers with Arzan Nagaswalla and Navdeep Saini bagging a brace each, while Ishan Porel picking another wicket on the final day to return with three to his credit.
In response, the visitors, who were required to score at almost run-a-ball, were pegged back early with skipper Priyank Panchal falling for a duck. Prithvi Shaw, who started out on a quick note with three boundaries, was bowled by Stuurman for a 14-ball 18, leaving India A reeling at 22 for 2 in the seventh over.
Vihari was quick to begin with in his innings, stroking successive boundaries off Stuurman in the 13th over, but dropped anchor soon after. Towards the last half an hour of play especially, the Indian batters made no real effort to go after the target, and eventually ended the day with 155 for 3, when Abhimanyu was cleaned up by Stuurman for 55.
Vihari, who stroked his second fifty of the match, remained unbeaten on 72 – his 39th first-class fifty. His knock included 12 boundaries. Stuurman, who picked all the three wickets in India A's second innings finished with seven in the match.
Brief Scores: South Africa A 297 & 212 (Sarel Erwee 41; Ishan Porel 3-33) drew with India A 276 & 155/3 (Hanuma Vihari 72*, Abhimanyu Easwaran 55; Glenton Stuurman 3-51)