Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - India A seamers shine on opening day. Navdeep Saini retrned 2-54.
Navdeep Saini retrned 2-54.
India A made a bright start to the second unofficial Test against South Africa A at Bloemfontein by putting up an excellent performance with the ball. It was completely in contrast to their efforts in the first game where the home side made merry with the bat.
Skipper Pieter Malan, who made a century in the first unofficial Test, was dismissed first ball for a duck by Arzan Nagwaswalla and that set the tone for the visitors. Even though Raynard van Tonder and Sarel Erwee put on 72 for the second wicket, India A clawed their way back with regular wickets.
Ishan Porel gave India A two vital breakthroughs in successive overs to remove the two well-set batters and Navdeep Saini too opened his wickets column soon after. The Indian pace trio made life difficult for the home side and if not for a late resistance from the lower order, South Africa A would have crumbled.
Sinethemba Qeshile fought hard for a valiant 102-ball 32 whereas George Linde struck a breezy 44 to keep the scorecard moving. Eventually, Baba Aparajith and Saini accounted for those players in the final session but Marco Jansen's gutsy unbeaten 38 gave South Africa A some hope of putting up a fighting first-innings total.
Brief scores: South Africa A 233/7 (George Linde 44, Marco Jansen 38*; Ishan Porel 2-26, Navdeep Saini 2-54) vs India A