Rain Ensures Another Stalemate In South Africa

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Rain Ensures Another Stalemate In South AfricaPrithvi Shaw stroked a brisk 38

India A managed to hold South Africa A to a draw in the third four-day game in Bloemfontein, with the three-match series ending in a 0-0 stalemate. Rain had a role to play in the fag end of the game on Thursday (December 9), with no play possible in the final session after India were reduced to 90/3 in a chase of 304.

Prithvi Shaw scored a brisk 38 off 34 and was involved in promising partnerships with Abhimanyu Easwaran (19) and Devdutt Padikkal (15) but India A failed to capitalise on that as they lost quick wickets and were reduced to 77/3. Hanuma Vihari scored an unbeaten 13 before rain cut short a potentially interesting finish to the game.

Earlier, South Africa A started the day at 191 for 1 in their second innings, with Sarel Erwee and Zubayr Hamza closing in on three-figure scores. They extended their partnership to 178 before Erwee was bowled by K Gowtham three short of a ton. Hamza went on to score 125 and remained not out when South Africa A declared their second innings at 311 for 3.

Erwee, who is part of the 21-member South Africa squad for the Test series against India, finished as the leading run-getter in the ‘A' series with 251 runs in five innings at an average of 50.20. Both of Erwee's fifty-plus scores came in the third game. India A captain Hanuma Vihari, who has also been selected in the India squad for the upcoming five-day games, ended the series with 227 runs at 75.66, with three half-centuries.

Brief scores: South Africa A 268 (Sarel Erwee 75, Tony de Zorzi 58, Khaya Zondo 56; Deepak Chahar 4-45) & 311/3 decl. (Zubayr Hamza 125*, Sarel Erwee 97; Krishnappa Gowtham 2-81) drew with India 276 (Ishan Kishan 91, Hanuma Vihari 63; Lutho Sipamla 5-99) & 90/3 (Prithvi Shaw 38; Senuran Muthusamy 1-8).

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