South Africa A v India A, Tri-series, Pretoria

Batsmen set up comfortable win for India A

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 9, 2013

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India A 309 for 5 (Dhawan 85, Rohit 65, Raina 60, Rayudu 57) beat South Africa A 258 for 5 (Elgar 84, van Jaarsveld 69, Rasool 2-47) by 18 runs (D/L)
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Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 127 for the first wicket, India v South Africa, Champions Trophy, Group B, Cardiff, June 6, 2013
File photo: India A openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on 140 © Associated Press

A day after choking from a winning position against Australia A, India A's batsmen responded with a savaging of the South Africa A attack in Pretoria, helping the team register its first win in the tri-series. South Africa were set a difficult chase of 310 in a match reduced to 38 overs by the rain and they were behind the Duckworth-Lewis target when the rains came a second time in the 35th over of the innings.

After India were put in to bat, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma added another big partnership to their nascent yet burgeoning success as an opening pair, and Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu stepped up the charge even further, as 141 runs came in the last 13 overs after a slight wobble in the middle.

Dhawan blazed away at the start, hitting four successive fours off Beuran Hendricks in the second over of the match. By the time Rohit got off the mark off his fifth delivery, Dhawan had already zoomed to 30, cover-driving and cutting powerfully. Rohit picked up pace after a slow start to make a run-a-ball 65. Dhawan's 85 came off 67 balls, and India A had reached 140 inside 20 overs, when he fell to the offspin of South Africa A captain Justin Ontong, who also dismissed Rohit soon after.

Cheteshwar Pujara could not get going on this trip to southern Africa yet again, and suddenly, India A were 168 for 3. Raina and Rayudu ensured there was no letting up on the scoring rate though, putting on 89 in just under 10 overs. Raina's 60 took only 34 balls, while Rayudu was not too far behind, making 57 off 38.

Even as the duo fell towards the end, Dinesh Karthik made sure India A would not stall as they had at the death against Australia A. He hit the fast bowler Kyle Abbott for successive sixes in the last over as India A cleared the 300-mark comfortably.

The two previous matches in Pretoria has been high-scoring ones and South Africa A's openers also set about the chase positively. Rilee Rossouw made his intentions clear when he smashed a four and a six off Mohammed Shami in the third over of the innings, helping the team to rack up 58 in the first eight overs. Pujara introduced spin at both ends from the ninth over and it was Parvez Rasool who made an immediate impact, picking up both the openers in his second over.

The wickets put South Africa A's charge on hold as Dean Elgar and Vaughn van Jaarsveld spent a few quite overs. The required rate shot above 10 an over in the 20th over, but Elgar and van Jaarsveld kept the hopes for a late push towards victory with a century stand. More than 100 were required off the last eight when van Jaarsveld finally decided to make a dash for the target, smashing Shami for two fours and a six. But he fell to Shahbaz Nadeem in the very next over.

South Africa A lost two more wickets in the next two overs, and when the rains came to end the match, they were well behind the D/L target.

Ontong rued the advent of rain, but admitted his bowlers lacked some discipline early on. "We had four more overs and needed around 50 runs. Anything is possible and on this wicket I believed we were still in with a good chance," he said. "I think we had a bad start with the bowling, too many loose balls upfront got them off to a flyer and put us on the back foot," he continued. "To chase 300 runs in 38 overs was always going to be a tough ask but Deano (Elgar) and Vaughn (van Jaarsveld) played very nicely. In the end it wasn't enough."

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Posted by   on (August 11, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

its glad to see raina amongst run scorers. he is hard working and applies 100%. hope he overcomes the problem of scoring in alien conditions.

Posted by mahi678 on (August 11, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta, you are right to some extent. yes he is trying to prove as ODI player; and that adds pressure to him. first he should cement his test spot in which already performing. play in ODIs with out pressure for performance.

secondly, u never see him much of in ODIs. no one knows what miracles or menace he can do in ODIs. so its not right to tag him too early. even he may have a bit lower strike rate, but he may provide stability to the batting order. he got best avg as List A player. india have good hitters like dhawan,dhoni and raina. kohli is good anchor to innings and step up gear at end. pujara could also join kohli for the good of indian batting.

Posted by android_user on (August 10, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan: whilst I appreciate your sentiment, Pujara may not fit into MSD's long term plans because of his fitness issues re: dodgy knee. We've seen how MSD has concentrated on guys who are fit, and results have shown. Pujara seems to be a class act, but much like VVS, he may not have a fruitful ODI career. Hopefully I would be proved wrong

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (August 10, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

@sweetspot You are absolutely spot on . I would give Pujara atleast 10 ODI chances (not just A tours) and wouldn't bother even if he doesn't make them count. For those who think he cannot adapt i would suggest you to watch that second innings in that last test match against Aussies at home. All batsmen including sachin and oppositions batsmen struggled but Pujara batted as if he was batting on other pitch. He is our long term prospect and we must continue to invest on him for good returns in 2015 WC.

Also Happy to see Rayudu performing overseas. He should be tried in tests too. Disappointed that our young bowlers didn't make the most.

Posted by sweetspot on (August 10, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Pujara shouldn't become the sacrificial goat here because of his ODI performance or lack of it. His class is there for everyone to see, and is not able to stand out because a lot of Indian batsmen are doing well at this point in time. He is a safety for sure, when things might get tricky in India's middle order. It is scary how solid India's batting reserve looks, and fans shouldn't get lost in the idea that everyone will perform all the time. Good to see Raina getting his due - some time in the top order, and not surprising that his strike rate is fantastic. Hopefully the doubters will take some rest. It's also chemistry that counts and Rayudu and Raina seem to compliment each other very well.

Posted by dork29 on (August 10, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

After his successful stint at captaincy for MI, one would have expected Rohit to be given the mantle of captaincy. He is already showing two encouraging traits - consistency and an intention to stay at the crease. If this is rewarded with captaincy, I am sure he will convert those 60s into 100s. As MSD had always averred, Rohit is a special talent and needs to be nuurtured and treasured. Giving captaincy to Pujara did not make any sense.Blooding Pujara for the shorter format itself is a zany step. He excels as a test player - let him be. Tehre are several other deserving ODI players - let them break in and add to the burgeoning bench strength. I think the selectors goofed. Dhawa, Raina and Rayudu seem to be doing well against A sides. But will they or can they produce the same kind of form against the A listers like Dteyn, Morkel and Stotsobe? It would be interesting.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Cheteshwar pujara has struggled in past few games but that can happen with any batsman. But in the same note i wonder what makes ppl so confident that he's got the technique to survive in every format. Agreed he played well in the home season in familiar conditions, but equally note worthy is his forgettable SA tour in 2010. So b4 declaring him to be technically accomplished,let him make some runs abroad.

Posted by Tijara on (August 10, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Previously Indians were doing well only on Indian pitches. They were not able to play on bouncy fast pitches in countries like England, SA, West Indies. That seems to have changed. Have the Indians learnt to play well away from home or are we likely to see the breakdown soon?

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

At last, Suresh Raina has proved why he's in the team in both matches. With Kohli, Dhoni and Jadeja to some extent Raina can provide stability to the Indian middle order and has the ability to finish off matches. I would love to see him bat higher up the order may be at no.4.His off spin and fielding are an asset to the team.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Many are wondering why Pujara was given the Captaincy for this tour. Answer is simple. If any one else is the India Captain in the short format, Pujara will be benched to give some consoling company to Rahane! The selectors have no doubt about Pujara to play Tests. But, probably want to see, how he performs, in ODIs. This is the only approach, they probably found, to ensure that!

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

I have seen the schedule for this triseries where A team of SA will play that of Aus & later followed by one more outing against india A. that means india A played only once against Aus A. And ther's no mention of any final. How come? How's the winner going to be decided, or there's nothing of that sort as ther's no sponser for this series? If that's the way, its alarming how sponser driven this game is where boards cant afford anything on their own.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

dominant batting display by indian batsmen coupled with some poor bowling upfront[as pointed by ontong,as there's no live steaming] propelled india 2 bat out SA. they did put a decent fight as the scoreline shows & also proves how true the wicket stayed despite early rain. But i am left to ponder -what abt the talk of bouncy, seaming pitches awaiting teams visiting SA bfore the start of this series? The pitches r proving perfect for dominant batting & harder for bowling.Or is this an odd high scoring ground in SA.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (August 10, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

@Saeed Tareen: Well said mate, though I'm an Indian the only sub-continent team I support apart from India is Pakistan. It is really tough to be a Pakistan fan without any cricket in home and precious little away as well. Last year, BCCI arranged a home series against you guys, I hope we get to play Pakistan in UAE in future as well. Good luck to your team in Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

i agree with people here saying pujara is a very sound batsmen. but i don understand why pujara is made the captain here. Rohit, raina could have done the job. it would have aken away the undue influence from pujara. I do hope he finds form soon. It would be crucial for India cause if he plays he just goes on playing. Rohit as captain would be better i feel. We are playing Dhawan and Rohit more cause more matches they play together, they are doing very well too.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (August 10, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

They need to start showing the 'A' matches on TV as well. I'm sure there would be enough consumer interest in these tournaments.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

The only pacers who are showing some promise are, Bhuvanesh, Mohit, & Unadkat. Persist with these three. Others may be tried only for: (1) Resting any of these three; or (2) A new talent seems to be emerging and we want to try him out; or (3) If any of the tried and sidelined pacers starts showing up tremendous improvement. Iswar Pandey & Sandeep Sharma belong to the category (2).

Sandip Patil & Co has the guts,attitude and willingness to try as many new players as needed; and then narrow down to those with the maximum potential. Rarely do we get such a selection panel. Make the best use of them, as long as they are holding the reins. God alone knows what the next selection panel is likely to be.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 10, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

Why are the part timers bowling so many overs ???

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

Regarding Pujara. He is one of the most technically sound batsman. Also possesses sound defence ad calm temperament.

But it is all a question of choices. That too, right choices. For the short formats, we have more than enough batsmen to choose from. However, that is NOT the case with test matches. We do lack enough replacement to choose from in that format. By the time, Sachin , Sehwag, Gambhir et al are no more playing Test cricket, we need to develop a decent pool of good replacements. Test batsmen with excellent technique and temperament are rare commodities. That is where, we have to preserve a gem like Pujara. I suspect, similar may be the case with Rahane too. But we can be more certain about Rahane, only if we give a few chances to him. too. He had been benched more than anyone else. Give him a chance. If Binny is not good enough for bowling at this level, it is criminal to play Binny and benching Rahane..

It is also the right time to try out Iswar Pandey, in place of Shami

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 10, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

India are fielding a very strong batting line up, are Shikhar Dhiwaan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina not first team regulars?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 9, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

Indian fans need to be patient with Pujara, he obviously is in lot of pressure because he had been tagged a Test player and in order to overcome that, he tries to score a little too quickly. His talent can't be undermined by the taking his his last 2 innings in consideration, after all players like Rohit Sharma have been tried and tested for nearly 100 ODIs without much success.

Posted by Saeedcricky on (August 9, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Today first thing I must wanna include that Shikhar Dhawan will be having a rule over all the batting records , I challenged you all because the way he bat the way he is performing and the way he is establishing himself in cricket in being outstanding.Dhawan 85 inning was really adorable . Rohit and Raina are the hearts of India and Indian team , they they both always perform and act as a role model for other youngsters .They both really had a hreat job in this match . Sri Harsha Jakku said " I think Rayudu is confirming his place in the main squad " I think same and endorsing his viewabt him because the way Rayudu is performing is quit acceptable by team management and India fans . Ashwin and Jadeja one thing for you both (Y) by Saeed cricky from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

India is being outstanding in their batting against Zimbabwe . Well its really a positive sign for India and their fans. Being a Pakistani its my Humble request to the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) that all Pakistanis and Pakistan whole nation is waiting for best cricketing thrill between Pakistan and India .They both are one of the most talented and best ever teams in the World but the due to some past disastrous political reasons they both have been bound to protest against each others . Please it new Era and just forget all the things happened in the era of Congress and Muslim League please have a great deeds with each other and once again have a blast in cricket by both Pakistan and India . Again must include that a day will come Virat Kohli will called as GURU OF CRICKET. In the last I mat wanna say CONGRATULATIONS to Inidian team on their blast at cricket against Zimbabwe. Name : Saeed Ahmed Khan Tareen (Cricky). Country: Pakistan. Date : 10:08:2013. City : Quetta.

Posted by Nampally on (August 9, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

@ Sir_Ivor: You are so right in assessment of Pujara. When he was in top form with centuries galore in Tests, he was not included in ODI team. When he was included, he was benched. He was excluded from ICC trophy under the excuse that he will be touring SA with India A - that tour was long way off & he was cleared for fitness! Again for Zimbabwe tour he was included but benched in first 3 matches. It is clear he has lost some self confidence & is rusty after lack of competitive cricket for so long. A batsman with highest average of 65 in Test Cricket, should walk into the ODI team. Pujara's S/R in Test is no different to Tendulkar's or Dravid's. Both played ODI for India for years with lots of runs. Pujara is one of the best batsmen in the world today- in line with Amla, Clarke or Cook. He has a sound technique, all round strokes & big match temperament. Being the Captain, he will play all matches in SA. Pujara should capitalize by putting some decent scores to nail a spot.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

What is Stuart Binny doing in the India A team? He was selected in the playing eleven as an 'all rounder' at the crucial # 7 batting spot. In the last match against Australia, he played extremely crucial 3 balls (which if played well, could have helped India to win by scoring the needed 8 runs), but did not score a single run & threw away his wicket on zero. He was given only 4 overs to bowl in that match, whereas Raina and Dhawan together bowled a total of 12 overs in that match against Australia. In the match against South Africa, he played very important 5 balls, but failed to score a single boundary and made only 4 runs. Worse, he was not even given any bowling in this match, instead Raina & Dhawan bowled a total of 8 overs! Thus Binny is just a passenger in this team, with hardly any contribution at all. Team Management should give an opportunity to Ishwar Pandey, who is 6'2" tall & broad-shouldered bowler, able to generate very good pace. Give Kaul another chance, too.

Posted by BMDeep on (August 9, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

This is a commanding performance by IND A team in both d matches interms of batting but bowlers r yet to prove their mettle in a country where bowlers r picked as favourites more often than not. While I cant stop myself from praising d efforts of batsmen in both d matvhes, I got to say that I am very disappointed by d captaincy of pujara. What os d point of giving dhawan those many overs when you have 5 specialist bowlers in d team that too in a rain curtailed match? The main objective of A tours is to give exposure to d players who r identified for immediate deployment when d need comes and I honestly wonder what good does it make to our bowlers if u r allowing part timers to bowl substantial amount of overs.i wish he acts more sensibly in d coming matches and I hope he finds some good form wid d bat

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 9, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@ Ruchit Khushu

No no....You are misunderstood. Whatever Jose has said is right. Look Pujara is a compact player and can be successful in ODI. But he is natural for TEST. He should not take ODI seriously. He is better player now than the last SA tour.His figures are also impressive. But he should not compromise with his technique for this pyjama type cricket. We should not give too much importance to ODI only. We have enough pool for this. We should preserve the Test players.

Posted by android_user on (August 9, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Its too early to speak about pujara. we saw him scoring runs with good strike rate in tests. One good movement can change the veiws. He is one of the great talent available in indian cricket. sachin scores fast in one day format but some one says he is not good enough to paky T20 for india. we all indians missed a great player palying T20. please give more changes and expect some thing

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (August 9, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Jose Puliampatta has said the Pujara is best suited for Tests and left alone for the shorter formats.While I agree that he is the ideal replacement for Rahul Dravid because of his technique,I think just a couple of innings from Pujara should not be the benchmark to judge this player's suitability for the shorter version.We are inclined to be hasty in our assessment as the media was in Dravid's case as well. Rahul went on to score over 10,000 runs in both ODIs as well as Tests.That is the thing. A good batsman can score fast with genuine cricket shots. I back Pujara to come good sooner than later in ODI's because of his nervelessness which we saw in that tricky chase against Australia at Mohali Test against Australia recently.In fact even in that chase he scored 80 odd very briskly with pure shots. I wish we would assess players with more patienceI am sure Pujara will justify my confidence in him before long. He has an average in excess of 60 in ODIs over 5 years in first class games.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

please take pujara out and put rahane or some other batsmen...seriously pujara not suited for india odi team(maybe too early to say but its my view)good to see batsmen scoring runs but yeah these bowlers are nothing infront of likes of morkel,steyn,tsobobe etc...i think rayudu should be tried in odi team instead of DK for few matches and hope rohit performs well...he needs to score fast i dont want him to score 100 plus SR but atleast get to 75-80 before u reach fifty...he reaches his first slowly but then accelrates...and in bowling please choose mohit and BK as fast bowlers and unadkat too...ashwin and jaddu as spinners...

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 9, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Rain interrupted at crucial junction & both SA batsmen as well as IND bowlers were deprived to test their nerves at the finishing line. D/L is back again & IND got their first win here. A mere flat pitch has nothing for bowlers. But there is a challenge for IND emerging bowlers on such flat pitches to bowl their competitiveness against the better opposition which they lacked at domestic level. Yet another round is there to test them. These bowlers are selected here on the basis of recent domestic performances. Praveen Kumar is nowhere near these guys. It will be harsh to judge & criticize them only by looking at 2 ODIs. Let us evaluate by their complete tour performance including test matches. IND batsmen who are looking for bouncy tracks in SA have nothing to test them at Pretoria. Almost all matches will be played here. It will be interesting to see if same batting friendly conditions at Olympia Park, Rustenberg where first unofficial test will be played.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

list a avg of pujara is more than 55. he only needs some good score he might be new alma for india. because in recent test series he has shown that he can pace his inning very quickly. not like MSD so he only needs some good inning yesterday he played good. but today were differnt situation

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta: Your analysis is absolutely wrong.. It wud have held some water if Pujara would have scored a 50 off 80 balls..Over here he is getting out much earlier so there is no way to judge if he is Limited overs player or not.. It is not as if he will score runs in every test innings.. He didn't exactly set the stage of fire last time he toured RSA and played only test matches.. His List A figures are very impressive and no reason why he can't succeed in 50 overs format..

Posted by --.-- on (August 9, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

India is well known for producing batting Giants. Hardly couple of years ago, Gambhir, Sehwag and Yuvi were our irreplaceable-most-dependable batsmen. They all left the picture due to different reason and all of a sudden Team Ind have prepared a pool of good young batsmen Dhawan, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Rayudu, DK Rahane and Pujara. Even in today's match the youngsters (batsmen) showed their mettle.

Although Pujara has not been scoring Big Scores. But I have no doubt abt him that he is a Big Match Player. As Dhoni says it is the temperament that matters more than the technique and fortunately Pujara has got both.

Ind Fast Bowling (especially in Death) - Still a Big Concern. Spin bowling is good.

Of all young pacers, Unadkat and Bhuvi look okay. Other pacers like Shami, Yadav are way too expensive.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

Pujara is essentially a Test match player. And a decent replacement for Dravid in that format. Unfortunately, he is trying to prove that he is an "all format player"; which Dravid never tried to do. Dravid was pitch forked into the shorter formats. This desperation to prove on Pujara's part, will lead him to poor performance, and will be detrimental to India choosing the right combo for short formats; particularly for the next 50-50 world cup.

Posted by android_user on (August 9, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Talking of fast bowlers arent we foegetting Praveen Kumar. he swings the ball and takes wickets even in indian flat conditions. He is also very economical. Dont understand why he is not being taken even after being on probables list of CT and west indies triangular tournament.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

I accept india 11 but instead of raidu I took pujara because if india need one recognize standing player pujara is capable more than raidu so don't see current form of pujara

Posted by realfan on (August 9, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

well batting success was to be expected from india..... but i am really impressed with UNADKAT... i think he has improved allot since he made his debut in SA long back.....indian selectors need to look at him SERIOUSLY.... dont waste this talent....

Posted by Aaranya on (August 9, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Dhawan has arrived but not Rayudu. And DK is not getting enough space. He would be a better bet in a seaming conditions against quality opposition.

Posted by realfan on (August 9, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

i think indian selectors need a good look a shami, he is becoming ishant like in bowling... try new bowler instead.....he neither impressed in any other matches in the past.... varum aaron may be.... that guy was out due to injury, and just vanished....

Posted by Aaranya on (August 9, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Let us not miss one critical point here. Pujara is neither an ODI material nor a captaincy material.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

did raina really need to play the one day matches?i know he has had a few problems with bouncers and there are doubts over his credentials in overseas conditions but i think he is a world beater in limited overs,especially on flat tracks like this one seems to be.Better give rahane a run.I mean the guy is on the bench of every team india fields.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (August 9, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Is it a flat pitch or just bad bowling?.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (August 9, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Are these matches being telecasted on some television.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Well done, Rayudu. I think, at least now, the cricket lovers realize the mystery behind Sunny's praises for you. I hope you'll claim that 'Hyderabadi' middle order spot in tests, which VVS made vacant. Good luck!!!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

The best 11 INDIA can have as of now in odis is- 1.dhawan 2.rohit 3.kohli 4.raina 5. rayudu 6.dhoni 7. jadeja 8.ashwin 9.bhuvaneswar 10. ishant 11. mohit sharma the likes of raina , rayudu , dhoni and jadeja forms strong middle order

Posted by Nampally on (August 9, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Fine batting by Dhawan, Sharma, Raina & Rayudu led India to a huge total of 309 for 5 on a very good batting pitch. Strangely, Pujara failed again!. If you do not grab the rare chances you are offered, then you do Not make the XI. Pujara ought to capitalize by being the leading run getter as he was in Test Cricket. Anyway after this brilliant start in batting, their pace bowling let them down again. Shami may have played his last ODI. He gave another 38 runs in 4 overs with the new ball. Here is another guy who gets too many chances but fails consistently. India is looking for steady bowlers who can use the new ball successfully. Only B.Kumar & Mohit Sharma showed the potential. Unfortunately Sandeep Sharma was excluded from this tour. I think only remaining seamer to be tested is Pandey. Rasool finally got his chance & he grabbed it with both hands by taking the first 2 wkts. I feel in Nadeem & Rasool, India has good back ups for Jadeja & Ashwin. Bowling is badly letting India down!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

can Any one knows where we can see this match live ? like on which channel or link

Posted by android_user on (August 9, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Oh Dhawan you beauty..!! Superb temperament shown by Indians after a little let down in the last game. Kudos to Raina and Rayudu..!!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Seeing the performance of India A on African soil,I feel that the ensuing India and South Africa series would be really interesting one. So many young players are showing readiness to join the Indian team. I think the selectors must be the proudest of all. Particularly I am proud of Ambati Rayudu's performance. The boy certainly deserves the well wishes of all the cricket lovers.May be Pujara is feeling nerves a bit. Never mind. He will bounce back. Actually I am eagerly looking forward to the unofficial Tests. That is where the real talent and skills would come out. Good luck India A.

Posted by StarHawk on (August 9, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Again, a good showing from the Indian batsmen. All good signs for India..Dhawan and Rohit becoming consistent, Raina & Rayudu proving that they're the right type of players for the middle order. Disappointing to see Pujara fail yet again..but I'm sure he'll also come good. So far, Rayudu looks like a keeper in the Indian senior team in the one open spot in the middle order. Now its up to the bowlers to make a mark. Hopefully, Rasool will give a good account of himself in today's match. He can be the Sir Jadeja of the India A team :)

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Dhawan has proved again that he is a responsible batsman and showed an awesome batting spirit out of him

Posted by android_user on (August 9, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

I think Rayudu is confirming his place in the main squad

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