SA A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, Pretoria, 4th day August 27, 2013

Hendricks stars again as SA A square series

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South Africa A 341 (Harmer 96, Parnell 91) & 166 for 5 dec (Elgar 62, Nadeem 3-56) beat India A 201 (Pujara 54, Hendricks 5-36, Harmer 4-74) and 185 (Rahane 86, Saha 77*, B Hendricks 6-27) by 121 runs
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Beuran Hendricks' maiden first-class ten-wicket haul helped South Africa A seal a comfortable 121-run win in the second unofficial Test against India A in Pretoria and square the two-match series. Hendricks ran through India's top order to leave them in tatters at 18 for 5 by the 10th over. The target of 307 appeared beyond the horizon for India at that stage, though Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha hit half-centuries to give the visitors an outside chance.

It was Hendricks' match all through, however. He had picked up five wickets in the first innings and had removed M Vijay in his first over of the second innings on day three, and there was no let-off for India's batsmen on the last day. Hendricks struck on his seventh ball of the day to dismiss Shahbaz Nadeem, the nightwatchman, and followed it up with the wicket of Dinesh Karthik two balls later. Ambati Rayudu became Hendricks' ninth victim when he edged one to the wicketkeeper next over. That India lost their best batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, to a run-out off the first ball of the day meant that the visitors had all but squandered the chase.

Rahane and Saha redeemed the situation to some extent for India with a strong sixth-wicket stand of 160. The mammoth partnership was, however, bookended by two collapses, as none of the other batsmen were able to get into double-digit scores. The two batsmen took different approaches when they came together; Rahane did the bulk of the scoring, while Saha held on to his end. He was on 14 off 57 balls when Rahane reached his half-century off 67 deliveries. But Saha soon found relative fluency, driving two deliveries off a Simon Harmer over to the boundary. The partnership was about grind though - they reached the hundred off their partnership off 180 deliveries.

It was Hendricks again who got past the defences of Rahane to trigger the second collapse as the last five wickets fell for eight runs. Harmer, who had picked up four wickets in the first innings, added three more to his tally towards the end.

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  • on August 27, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    A very good overall learning experience for this young India A team. A win and a loss are good outcomes considering they have tasted both results in the same series. I am sure they will learn a lot from these two games. It will only make them stronger against a proper SA test team in November. Some of these players won't even play in that series but it gives them a good taste of international cricket. Defeats are not bad as long as you learn from the mistakes. Well done to the young SA bowler Hendricks. Well done to the Indian boys. Work hard and prepare well for the real deal in November.

  • on August 30, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    So the unofficial test series ends in a tie & deservedly so as both the sides fought tooth & nail. In the end plenty of positives on both sides especially bowling dept given the nature of tracks. As for india, the senior tour is due later this year & many of the 'A' team players will be featuring in the senior side. Selectors will have plenty of options in batting dept, esp middle order. Opening slots will b the key with no one solid insight at the moment. Lets see who the selectors back.

  • MrGarreth on August 28, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Well said Balaji Kumar. We need more people posting comments the way you do. Fair and balanced. Very nice. Congrats to IndiaA on some strong performances. I noticed a lot of the guys chosen are already in the Indian side so it was a smart move on the BCCIs part to bring them to SA to get used to conditions. But I'm afraid to say conditions are very different in our summer and Steyn and co are a whole different kettle of fish. Nevertheless I expect India to put on a good show and stiff challenge. SA will have to play well to take the series. A bit concerned about our batting resources. Only Elgar and to an extent, Roussouw stepped up in the 4 4 day matches against India and Aus. Bowling I'm not concerned about. Lots of talent there and no need to worry about Abbott who will be back to his best when the summer season begins. Hendricks is a wonderful prospect. Left armer who can swing it on dead pitches. *cough* Wasim anyone? ;)

  • spot_on on August 28, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Doors almost shut for M Vijay and DK. Jinx,Rohit and Saha will break into the squad. Good loss though. Well played Saffas... I just noticed there is another India A team playing the Kiwis A team somewhere in Asia.. Funny stuff... So many A teams for a country these days..

  • crkt4evr on August 28, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    @samroy did you follow the ranji season of last few years?

  • baghels.a on August 28, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Well done Proteas A side , well Indian cricket golden streak had to end somewhere, it all started with senior side beating Aussies 4-0, then going on to win CT in England followed by win in triseries in Windies, then u-19 boys won the triseries in Australia and then they beat Sri Lankans, u-23 team won the emerging trophy in Singapore , while A team won the triseries and then the first test..

    Batting stocks of India looks just fine illustrating the fact that Indians love there batting , however bowling is a concern , Nadeem is a terrific short format bowler but not a longer format spinner , Rasool is not a big spinner of the ball more of an allrounder , even u-23 team had batters who could bowl a few overs who were among the wickets. i have been reliably told that among the u 19s there are couple of quick seamers and two spinners who actually give it a rip, a left arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in particular, but until i see them in action will reserve my judgement for later.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 28, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee. Hope you will remember the last SL tour. also, do you remember the A team odi series just before this? A complimentary win for SA-A.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 28, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Well deserved win for Proteas A side!! They achieved almost they desired. Their batting woos on sub-continent like pitches had been matter of the discussions. They really made progress in regard this. Their 1st & 2nd innings lasted for 121 & 66 Overs (with unfinished half a side) speak about their resilience. IND fielded their bench players of the tour in this match leaving out 5 best players. Players like DK, Rayudu & Vijay had excellent opportunities to show their mental & skilful toughness here which they wasted. IND couldn't last long more than 66 overs in both innings tells the true story as against Proteas who played twice than them. Rahane showed here why he had FC average 60+. He along with Saha played 50 overs in 2nd inning. He was good in 1st inning too. IND's 2nd inning problem was once again exposed. This tour helped IND to choose probable players for the future filtered out Binny, Kaul, Dk, Vijay, Rayudu & Rasool. The last 4 players must be part of A side in the future.

  • on August 28, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Is it so difficult for Indians to give credit where it is due????

  • on August 28, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara has proved himself to be only a Test Batsmam- not a limited over Player or a leader. His bowling changes left a lot to be desired. Even th team selection was faulty. In the second match, all the Indian batsmen were right handed to whom the left arm pace bowler, Hendricks was a handful, especially with the ball coming in between bat and pad. At least one of the left handers, Raina or Dhawan both of who handled Hendricks with ease in the first match should have played.

  • on August 27, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    A very good overall learning experience for this young India A team. A win and a loss are good outcomes considering they have tasted both results in the same series. I am sure they will learn a lot from these two games. It will only make them stronger against a proper SA test team in November. Some of these players won't even play in that series but it gives them a good taste of international cricket. Defeats are not bad as long as you learn from the mistakes. Well done to the young SA bowler Hendricks. Well done to the Indian boys. Work hard and prepare well for the real deal in November.

  • on August 30, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    So the unofficial test series ends in a tie & deservedly so as both the sides fought tooth & nail. In the end plenty of positives on both sides especially bowling dept given the nature of tracks. As for india, the senior tour is due later this year & many of the 'A' team players will be featuring in the senior side. Selectors will have plenty of options in batting dept, esp middle order. Opening slots will b the key with no one solid insight at the moment. Lets see who the selectors back.

  • MrGarreth on August 28, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Well said Balaji Kumar. We need more people posting comments the way you do. Fair and balanced. Very nice. Congrats to IndiaA on some strong performances. I noticed a lot of the guys chosen are already in the Indian side so it was a smart move on the BCCIs part to bring them to SA to get used to conditions. But I'm afraid to say conditions are very different in our summer and Steyn and co are a whole different kettle of fish. Nevertheless I expect India to put on a good show and stiff challenge. SA will have to play well to take the series. A bit concerned about our batting resources. Only Elgar and to an extent, Roussouw stepped up in the 4 4 day matches against India and Aus. Bowling I'm not concerned about. Lots of talent there and no need to worry about Abbott who will be back to his best when the summer season begins. Hendricks is a wonderful prospect. Left armer who can swing it on dead pitches. *cough* Wasim anyone? ;)

  • spot_on on August 28, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Doors almost shut for M Vijay and DK. Jinx,Rohit and Saha will break into the squad. Good loss though. Well played Saffas... I just noticed there is another India A team playing the Kiwis A team somewhere in Asia.. Funny stuff... So many A teams for a country these days..

  • crkt4evr on August 28, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    @samroy did you follow the ranji season of last few years?

  • baghels.a on August 28, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Well done Proteas A side , well Indian cricket golden streak had to end somewhere, it all started with senior side beating Aussies 4-0, then going on to win CT in England followed by win in triseries in Windies, then u-19 boys won the triseries in Australia and then they beat Sri Lankans, u-23 team won the emerging trophy in Singapore , while A team won the triseries and then the first test..

    Batting stocks of India looks just fine illustrating the fact that Indians love there batting , however bowling is a concern , Nadeem is a terrific short format bowler but not a longer format spinner , Rasool is not a big spinner of the ball more of an allrounder , even u-23 team had batters who could bowl a few overs who were among the wickets. i have been reliably told that among the u 19s there are couple of quick seamers and two spinners who actually give it a rip, a left arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in particular, but until i see them in action will reserve my judgement for later.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 28, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee. Hope you will remember the last SL tour. also, do you remember the A team odi series just before this? A complimentary win for SA-A.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 28, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Well deserved win for Proteas A side!! They achieved almost they desired. Their batting woos on sub-continent like pitches had been matter of the discussions. They really made progress in regard this. Their 1st & 2nd innings lasted for 121 & 66 Overs (with unfinished half a side) speak about their resilience. IND fielded their bench players of the tour in this match leaving out 5 best players. Players like DK, Rayudu & Vijay had excellent opportunities to show their mental & skilful toughness here which they wasted. IND couldn't last long more than 66 overs in both innings tells the true story as against Proteas who played twice than them. Rahane showed here why he had FC average 60+. He along with Saha played 50 overs in 2nd inning. He was good in 1st inning too. IND's 2nd inning problem was once again exposed. This tour helped IND to choose probable players for the future filtered out Binny, Kaul, Dk, Vijay, Rayudu & Rasool. The last 4 players must be part of A side in the future.

  • on August 28, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Is it so difficult for Indians to give credit where it is due????

  • on August 28, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara has proved himself to be only a Test Batsmam- not a limited over Player or a leader. His bowling changes left a lot to be desired. Even th team selection was faulty. In the second match, all the Indian batsmen were right handed to whom the left arm pace bowler, Hendricks was a handful, especially with the ball coming in between bat and pad. At least one of the left handers, Raina or Dhawan both of who handled Hendricks with ease in the first match should have played.

  • black_bird on August 28, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    just an off day for india's 5th 11. i can see the whitewash of south africa. all big guns of saffers are medicore now a days. dhawan will rip them apart, and jadeja will destroy with torrid spin.best of luck india.

  • Marktc on August 28, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Sir Ivor.....let's not predict things...SA has always had a good stock of fast bowlers...now we can hopefully add Hendricks to the young bloods. Sometimes bowlers are just good, even when they are thought to be worked out. Give the dude a chance to prove himself before you shoot him down.

  • SamRoy on August 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Murali Vijay is an important issue. I think he should only play test cricket for India in the sub-continent, UAE and in WI where pitches have comparatively low bounce. He is a stroke-less wonder of the back-foot and will fail in SA. He should not play in SA and even if he plays and fails should be considered to play in home tests. He is a very accomplished and pretty player of the front foot and very effective on low, slow wickets against both pace and spin.

  • SamRoy on August 28, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Well giving everyone a chance was the idea. But I am not sure Stuart Binny deserved a chance in the unofficial tests. Sure he is a fine limited overs player but he is neither good enough with the bat nor good enough with the ball to warrant a place in the team. He should never play test cricket for India. If Shami or even Dhawan or Rohit or Raina were playing in place of him the result could have been different. Anyway, well done to SA 'A' team and especially to Hendricks.

  • on August 28, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    there was no dhawan rohit and raina....India actually fielded the weakest team in this match. India got what they wanted from this tour though. pujara, dhawan, rohit, raina, pandey and rahane!

  • JustIPL on August 28, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    However, in the limited overs format India is doing well at all level but they are not upto the mark with test temprament. This is of great concern as they cannot get eligibilityfor test championship just based on home series played on gambhirs rank turners. Most probably when test championship takes place, india will not feature. competition in limited overs formats will also get intense and tougher times area ahead.

  • realfan on August 28, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    i am glad that rahane made it count this time..... i think selectors should look at him with more intention atleast in TESTS...... rahane, pujara, kohli shuld be a very good backbone for the middle order in TESTS..... i think we can give vijay a chance in this series, although he is not anywhere near to the class required for opening batsman, untill we find one , we need him along with dhawan.....

  • orangtan on August 27, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    One defeat, albeit a bad one, after so many successes and Warm Coffee and others denigrate the team. Come on, this can happen to any team, whether the seniors can cope with Steyn and Co is another matter. However, I agree that India will always lack credibility until they can perform well overseas, in fact we did okay in SA on the last tour, the whitewashes were in England and Australia.

  • AbuUSA on August 27, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Those who say - India are an ordinary team or India get your act together, I guess they don't know - India A won 3 Nation Tri Series Tournament as well as defeated SA A by an inning in first unofficial test. Even in this test there was a moment when everyone sensed win for India. Any thing can happen to any team. Indian still did very good. Also remember Dhawan didn't play. Proud of most of them. India U 23 won Asian Cricket Council Emerging Cup BTW - this is where Dravid and Laxman type of mindset is needed.

  • Sir_Ivor on August 27, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    The comments are as expected, The point is that there is a left arm fast bowler and he has a bowling arm that comes at an odd angle, he is bound to be difficult for the batsmen to make out. That is what happened today and over the whole Test match. I remember there used to be a left arm fast bowler from Pakistan by the name Azieem Hafeez. He was quick and used to move the ball.The thing was that he was handicapped and did not have a right hand. When the Indians played him the first time they found him simply too difficult to even spot. That is what hashappened with Hendricks. He will be worked out before long and the Indians will soo realise that he is not so difficult to play. Rahane and Saha have made a distinct impression and should be in the senior team. I will not be surprised if the Indians do better than anyone else before them in South Africa over the last few years.

  • Arjun_M on August 27, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    South Africa A's superior bowlers won the game. All five of them have serious FC experience, while India's two-season-olds, lacked it- and one of them (Binny Jr) is actually a filler bowler. South Africa's batting depth was another turning point, as they could rescue a team from a dire situation- while India's bottom five folded up despite playing an extra batsman in Binny. Steady medium-pace won't win a game unless it seams excessively, and they need more pace to be competitive across all of South Africa, not just Kingsmead and Newlands. Batting is fine as it is, but the bowling needs a serious upgrade, and they need more run-scoring strike bowlers, and real pace, and a spinner who actually turns the ball unlike Nadeem, clearly, the mouse in the match.

  • loke_cricfan on August 27, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Apart from Pujara and AR, no one test material

  • Clan_McLachlan on August 27, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Great work by the A side. We'll be seeing some of the youngsters in the senior team soon.

  • GoCho on August 27, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    First indications of a spicy wicket and our batsmen flounder sadly. It would have been interesting to see how Rohit and Shikar would have played on this wicket as compared to the flat pitches they got for the ODIs and the 1st test. Sadly the only conclusion we can make from this series is Vijay, DK are not that good enough for tests anymore. Which is sad, because I think both of them have potential but lack the mental grit to grab their chances.

  • anniyan18 on August 27, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Well done SAffers!! Come on India get your act together!

  • Warm_Coffee on August 27, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    India are an ordinary team.

  • fwd079 on August 27, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Glad to see South Africans playing good test.

  • QingdaoXI on August 27, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    By this innings Rahane and Saha have confirmed there places in the test squad of India which will travel at the end of the year in South Africa. Rayudu and Kartik wasted there chances and so did Vijay. But Vijay had very good series vs Australia, so he will be sure starter in first test

  • QingdaoXI on August 27, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    By this innings Rahane and Saha have confirmed there places in the test squad of India which will travel at the end of the year in South Africa. Rayudu and Kartik wasted there chances and so did Vijay. But Vijay had very good series vs Australia, so he will be sure starter in first test

  • fwd079 on August 27, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Glad to see South Africans playing good test.

  • Warm_Coffee on August 27, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    India are an ordinary team.

  • anniyan18 on August 27, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Well done SAffers!! Come on India get your act together!

  • GoCho on August 27, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    First indications of a spicy wicket and our batsmen flounder sadly. It would have been interesting to see how Rohit and Shikar would have played on this wicket as compared to the flat pitches they got for the ODIs and the 1st test. Sadly the only conclusion we can make from this series is Vijay, DK are not that good enough for tests anymore. Which is sad, because I think both of them have potential but lack the mental grit to grab their chances.

  • Clan_McLachlan on August 27, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Great work by the A side. We'll be seeing some of the youngsters in the senior team soon.

  • loke_cricfan on August 27, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Apart from Pujara and AR, no one test material

  • Arjun_M on August 27, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    South Africa A's superior bowlers won the game. All five of them have serious FC experience, while India's two-season-olds, lacked it- and one of them (Binny Jr) is actually a filler bowler. South Africa's batting depth was another turning point, as they could rescue a team from a dire situation- while India's bottom five folded up despite playing an extra batsman in Binny. Steady medium-pace won't win a game unless it seams excessively, and they need more pace to be competitive across all of South Africa, not just Kingsmead and Newlands. Batting is fine as it is, but the bowling needs a serious upgrade, and they need more run-scoring strike bowlers, and real pace, and a spinner who actually turns the ball unlike Nadeem, clearly, the mouse in the match.

  • Sir_Ivor on August 27, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    The comments are as expected, The point is that there is a left arm fast bowler and he has a bowling arm that comes at an odd angle, he is bound to be difficult for the batsmen to make out. That is what happened today and over the whole Test match. I remember there used to be a left arm fast bowler from Pakistan by the name Azieem Hafeez. He was quick and used to move the ball.The thing was that he was handicapped and did not have a right hand. When the Indians played him the first time they found him simply too difficult to even spot. That is what hashappened with Hendricks. He will be worked out before long and the Indians will soo realise that he is not so difficult to play. Rahane and Saha have made a distinct impression and should be in the senior team. I will not be surprised if the Indians do better than anyone else before them in South Africa over the last few years.

  • AbuUSA on August 27, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Those who say - India are an ordinary team or India get your act together, I guess they don't know - India A won 3 Nation Tri Series Tournament as well as defeated SA A by an inning in first unofficial test. Even in this test there was a moment when everyone sensed win for India. Any thing can happen to any team. Indian still did very good. Also remember Dhawan didn't play. Proud of most of them. India U 23 won Asian Cricket Council Emerging Cup BTW - this is where Dravid and Laxman type of mindset is needed.