Hendricks, Elgar put SA A in command
South Africa A 165 for 3 (Elgar 83) lead Australia A 146 (Maddinson 88, Hendricks 5-52) by 19 runs
A clinical performance from the South Africa A seamers, led by 23 year-old Beuran Hendricks' seventh five-wicket haul, routed Australia A for 146 in the first innings of the second unofficial Test in Rustenberg. Dean Elgar followed up his double century from the previous match with a composed 83 to put South Africa A in the lead by the end of day one.
Captain Aaron Finch, though, having called correctly at the toss, joined Alex Doolan in bagging a duck. Nic Maddinson arrived with the score still five and counterattacked. His stroke-filled 88 included 11 fours and three sixes, but he received no support at the other end, with two more ducks, from Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Chadd Sayers's 22 being the second-highest score. Hendricks' 5 for 52 went along with Kyle Abbott and Marchant de Lange who took two and three wickets respectively to bowl out Australia A.
South Africa A's start was opposite as openers Elgar and Reeza Hendricks put on 104 runs together. Elgar was approaching his century before Coulter-Nile had him caught by Pat Cummins, but not before he had set up his side in a strong position.