Axar's 6-6-0-4 routs SA A by an innings
India A 417 for 8 dec (Mukund 72, Rayudu 71, Axar 69*, Piedt 5-191) beat South Africa A 260 (van Zyl 96, Axar 5-92) and 76 (Axar 4-0) by an innings and 81 runs
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel took four wickets without conceding a run in six overs on the fourth day in Wayanad, spinning South Africa A out for 76 in 31.4 overs and securing victory for India A by an innings and 81 runs.
Axar's spell of 6-6-0-4 gave him match figures of 9 for 92, to go with his 69 in India A's innings.
After having declared overnight on 417 for 8, with a first-innings lead of 157, India A's push for victory was started by Axar, who bowled Reeza Hendricks for 1 in the fourth over. By the 14th over, South Africa A had lost their top three for 23 runs, Shardul Thakur and offspinner Jayant Yadav accounting for Gihahn Cloete and Stiaan van Zyl.
There was little resistance from the visitors as Temba Bavuma, Omphile Ramela and Dane Vilas fell in quick succession, Axar accounting for two of those three wickets. Quinton de Kock was the top-scorer with 20, but he fell to Jayant two overs after Axar removed Dane Piedt. Once Karn Sharma trapped Lonwabo Tsotsobe lbw, South Africa A's innings came to an end on 76 because last man Beuran Hendricks was absent hurt following an injury sustained while bowling.