SA A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Rustenburg, 3rd day August 19, 2013

Pandey stymies South Africa A

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South Africa A 312 for 9 (Duminy 84, Pandey 4-40) trail India A 582 for 9 dec by 270 runs
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Timely wickets were the order of the day in Rustenburg, as every time South Africa A assumed a position of strength, India A's bowlers, particularly medium-pacer Ishwar Pandey, delivered a blow to regain the advantage. Pandey picked up four wickets, and broke all three of South Africa's half-century partnerships, to leave them at 312 for 9, and 70 runs short of the follow-on target at stumps.

South Africa would have had high hopes for Dean Elgar's prolific run - 361 runs in his last two first-class matches - to continue, but Mohammed Shami trapped him in front of his stumps in the third over of the morning. A counterattacking Rilee Rossouw and a solid Simon Harmer recovered lost momentum for South Africa, going from 22 or 2 to 94 for 2.

Rossouw, with 44 off 46 balls, had just doubled Harmer's score when Pandey got his first wicket, having the latter caught behind. Suresh Raina replaced Pandey in the 33rd over and found immediate success, getting rid of Rossouw for 57, with eight fours and two sixes. Temba Bavuma followed two overs later as South Africa went to lunch at 119 for 5.

The hosts found stability again as JP Duminy, eyeing a comeback into the Test side, displayed great patience, collecting his first four off his 114th ball. He put on 75 runs with Justin Ontong for the sixth wicket, who was drawing comfort from his time at the crease, striking Raina for three fours in the 52nd over. But Pandey, only an over into his second spell, had Ontong edging behind to Wriddhiman Saha for 47.

Duminy, though, reached his fifty, and the team's 250, in the 81st over in the company of wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile. The duo recorded 84 runs but yet again, Pandey, recalled into the attack in the 91st over, dismissed Tsolekile and Wayne Parnell in successive deliveries, as South Africa A slumped to 280 for 8. They sustained another telling blow when Raina had Duminy caught behind for 84 off 222 balls to give Saha his fourth catch of the innings and signal the end of the day's play.

Rossouw regretted the batsmen's failure to build on their starts. "If you look at the way India batted, most of their batsmen went on to score big which helped them to their total," he said. "We would have wanted to get close but we haven't managed to do that.

"It [the pitch] was a bit difficult to play on, to be honest i didn't really know what to expect," he added. "As a team we said we wanted to look to play as straight as possible and if it was short and wide we would attack."

India A coach Lalchand Rajput enjoyed feelings from the opposite end of the spectrum. "It's pleasing that we got them to nine wickets down today. It would be even better if they were all out today but Duminy played an excellent innings," he said. "Pandey made his debut for India A in this match and has bowled exceptionally well. Unadkat and Shami gave him good support. When you come to South Africa you always expect bouncy wickets. It was helpful on the first two days but we expected it to play this way on the third day."

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  • Jinarajan on August 21, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    IND A Winning IND 23U Winning IND 19U Winning IND Winning... Okay...!!!

    But... We need to go long since, still INDIA not win any test match series in SA, AUS and ENG Conditions & too Injuries need to go away from indian bowlers during the time of test.. its make big differs in squad.. Like Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan missing in india during ENG tour which made 0-4 defend. So, Dhoni & co need to prove the beach strength in upcoming SA Series with any combination bowlers. Go India Go..

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 21, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Agree with @sony_sr - I think its time we re-think about ishant sharma and umesh yadav. both continues to be promising for long time but not converting that promise into wickets. How long can we continue treating them as rookies?

    Mohit Sharma and Ishwar Pandey are the toppers in Ranji list. so obviously they are wicket taking bowlers. it won't be a bad idea to drop Ishant and Umesh and use Bhuvi, Mohit , Ishwar and Shami for tests in south africa. I am very much impressed with their wicket taking ability so far.

  • Kiran..REDDY on August 20, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Day4 Bowlers has done brilliantly thier job Especially Panday !! & Raina , Rohit, Shami also Bowled very well.it helped in winning the game. Keep Rocking INDIA...

  • spot_on on August 20, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Okay, A 4 day match, Pitch flat or not, India or India-A team never mind. A victory forced. 3 innings and an innings defeat. Now that says something about the Indian bench strength. if played on a much livelier wicket, I reckon the match would have been over in 3 days. We don't need a Brett Lee or an Akhtar in our bowling unit. This crop of bowlers are deadly accurate and that is enough for us. We sure will make Ishwar,Mohit,BK and Unadkat play. Ishant and Umesh can be the reserves and warm the bench for a while.

  • Rohit... on August 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    People should not read too much on this result... Shami may have got 3 wickets in the second innings, but he is too easy to be thrashed all round the park... Zim had proved it in the previous series... Even in this match he was most expensive (Except for Nadeem)... Unadkat needs to be given a chance in the senior team... His economical bowling is exactly what Bhubaneswar needs from his partner... With Pandey as first change, India can have a decent bowling line-up that can really make an impression in opposition's mind.

  • IndianCoolGuy on August 20, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    I see Pandey as a verity bowler. Ishant, Pandey could be a good bowling pair in tests. I am disappointed with Nadeem's performance. Raina and Sharma were picking wickets but not Nadeem. BCCI has started investing money on infrastructure for finding new talent in early 2000 and now we are getting the output. Upder 19 is winning, under 23 is winning, India A is winning and India is winning too. Its like a chain which keeps on producing the good talent. I don't think that India is not producing the good bowlers. They are producing but the pitches are not supportive to bowlers in India. Indian bowlers concentrate more on line and length because they if they concentrate on 150K the line goes wrong and bowler will be punished for sure. So every bowler initially in his career concentrate on line, length and swing to get the batsmen out. BCCI already focusing producing fast pitches and for that they are spending lots of money. Coming years are golden years for India.

  • on August 20, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @sony_sr while i agree with your statement that umesh and ishant are not converting good performance into wicket at the same time i think we can't win test matches just by all medium pacers bowling around 125kmph..we need some muscle,pace and bounce in our bowling and Ishant and umesh brings that into the team.

  • sony_sr on August 20, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    I think its time we re-think about ishant sharma and umesh yadav. both continues to be promising for long time but not converting that promise into wickets. mohit sharma and iswar pandey are the toppers in ranji list. so obviously they are wicket taking bowlers. it won't be a bad idea to drop ishant and umesh and use bhuveneshwar, mohit sharma, iswar pandey and shami for tests in south africa. I am very much impressed with their wicket taking ability so far.

  • anilkp on August 20, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I have developed a liking for the matured comments from Jose Puliampatta. While seconding his concern for spin talents in India, I am also concerned with the SAf bowlers. As an Indian, I feel proud over this junior team's performance; but it was only recently that Firdose Moonda talked very highly about this crop of SAf bowlers and that they would be the one replacing Steyn & Co. One possibility is the SAf administration wanted to give the Indians a false sense of strength by presenting an Indian-friendly pitch. I rule out this possibility because (1) Indian pacers did well, and (2) that would dampen the morale of the SAf bowlers, and the administration would not take such a ploy. Anyway, I would like to see more junior teams touring abroad before a series (within SAf, Eng, Ind and Aus) so that we see a true contest and not 4-0s. Weaker national teams (BD, Zim, Ire, Neth, Ken, Scot) must request top countries to host them within their domestic set-up.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 20, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Well that settles all the talk. India A are heading towards the right direction. Hopefully, some of the other regulars in the main team can also have a chance to acclimatize to local conditions before embarking on the test tour. I guess that won't happen until November. Anyway, this is definitely a step in the right direction. The BCCI must always have A tours to countries like Australia, England, SA all the time and preferably alongside the main team so that they can select players according to performance and merit.

  • Jinarajan on August 21, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    IND A Winning IND 23U Winning IND 19U Winning IND Winning... Okay...!!!

    But... We need to go long since, still INDIA not win any test match series in SA, AUS and ENG Conditions & too Injuries need to go away from indian bowlers during the time of test.. its make big differs in squad.. Like Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan missing in india during ENG tour which made 0-4 defend. So, Dhoni & co need to prove the beach strength in upcoming SA Series with any combination bowlers. Go India Go..

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 21, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Agree with @sony_sr - I think its time we re-think about ishant sharma and umesh yadav. both continues to be promising for long time but not converting that promise into wickets. How long can we continue treating them as rookies?

    Mohit Sharma and Ishwar Pandey are the toppers in Ranji list. so obviously they are wicket taking bowlers. it won't be a bad idea to drop Ishant and Umesh and use Bhuvi, Mohit , Ishwar and Shami for tests in south africa. I am very much impressed with their wicket taking ability so far.

  • Kiran..REDDY on August 20, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Day4 Bowlers has done brilliantly thier job Especially Panday !! & Raina , Rohit, Shami also Bowled very well.it helped in winning the game. Keep Rocking INDIA...

  • spot_on on August 20, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Okay, A 4 day match, Pitch flat or not, India or India-A team never mind. A victory forced. 3 innings and an innings defeat. Now that says something about the Indian bench strength. if played on a much livelier wicket, I reckon the match would have been over in 3 days. We don't need a Brett Lee or an Akhtar in our bowling unit. This crop of bowlers are deadly accurate and that is enough for us. We sure will make Ishwar,Mohit,BK and Unadkat play. Ishant and Umesh can be the reserves and warm the bench for a while.

  • Rohit... on August 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    People should not read too much on this result... Shami may have got 3 wickets in the second innings, but he is too easy to be thrashed all round the park... Zim had proved it in the previous series... Even in this match he was most expensive (Except for Nadeem)... Unadkat needs to be given a chance in the senior team... His economical bowling is exactly what Bhubaneswar needs from his partner... With Pandey as first change, India can have a decent bowling line-up that can really make an impression in opposition's mind.

  • IndianCoolGuy on August 20, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    I see Pandey as a verity bowler. Ishant, Pandey could be a good bowling pair in tests. I am disappointed with Nadeem's performance. Raina and Sharma were picking wickets but not Nadeem. BCCI has started investing money on infrastructure for finding new talent in early 2000 and now we are getting the output. Upder 19 is winning, under 23 is winning, India A is winning and India is winning too. Its like a chain which keeps on producing the good talent. I don't think that India is not producing the good bowlers. They are producing but the pitches are not supportive to bowlers in India. Indian bowlers concentrate more on line and length because they if they concentrate on 150K the line goes wrong and bowler will be punished for sure. So every bowler initially in his career concentrate on line, length and swing to get the batsmen out. BCCI already focusing producing fast pitches and for that they are spending lots of money. Coming years are golden years for India.

  • on August 20, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @sony_sr while i agree with your statement that umesh and ishant are not converting good performance into wicket at the same time i think we can't win test matches just by all medium pacers bowling around 125kmph..we need some muscle,pace and bounce in our bowling and Ishant and umesh brings that into the team.

  • sony_sr on August 20, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    I think its time we re-think about ishant sharma and umesh yadav. both continues to be promising for long time but not converting that promise into wickets. mohit sharma and iswar pandey are the toppers in ranji list. so obviously they are wicket taking bowlers. it won't be a bad idea to drop ishant and umesh and use bhuveneshwar, mohit sharma, iswar pandey and shami for tests in south africa. I am very much impressed with their wicket taking ability so far.

  • anilkp on August 20, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I have developed a liking for the matured comments from Jose Puliampatta. While seconding his concern for spin talents in India, I am also concerned with the SAf bowlers. As an Indian, I feel proud over this junior team's performance; but it was only recently that Firdose Moonda talked very highly about this crop of SAf bowlers and that they would be the one replacing Steyn & Co. One possibility is the SAf administration wanted to give the Indians a false sense of strength by presenting an Indian-friendly pitch. I rule out this possibility because (1) Indian pacers did well, and (2) that would dampen the morale of the SAf bowlers, and the administration would not take such a ploy. Anyway, I would like to see more junior teams touring abroad before a series (within SAf, Eng, Ind and Aus) so that we see a true contest and not 4-0s. Weaker national teams (BD, Zim, Ire, Neth, Ken, Scot) must request top countries to host them within their domestic set-up.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 20, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Well that settles all the talk. India A are heading towards the right direction. Hopefully, some of the other regulars in the main team can also have a chance to acclimatize to local conditions before embarking on the test tour. I guess that won't happen until November. Anyway, this is definitely a step in the right direction. The BCCI must always have A tours to countries like Australia, England, SA all the time and preferably alongside the main team so that they can select players according to performance and merit.

  • on August 20, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    INDIA: Congratulations to Pujara & Co, for the innings victory. Good show, indeed. And, a lot of gains. keep it up. Howeve, rather strange to find that more talents are showing up in the pace dept... whereas the 'no show' for decent spin bowlers to step into the shoes of Kumble or the good old Bhaji is disturbing... Can't believe that the ones on show are the successors to Bedi, Prasanna, Chandra & Venkataraghavan. Part-time spinners seem to deliver better.

    SOUTH AFRICA: Just 14 runs needed to make India-A bat again! Fantastic show by the young man Bavuma! Great future ahead. Losing Duminy too early was the turning point in their inability to save the match. (Thanks to the South African fan who pointed out about the heel surgery; and lack of adequate match practice for Duminy -- whom I always rated high. He will be the little master of South Africa in an other couple of years. But for the clarification, I would have wrongly thought that he is reaching a plateau in his development. )

  • Naresh28 on August 20, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Is Pandey a bowler more like L Balaji? Straight, accurate? He together with Mohit Sharma might get call up's soon. It's a pity some of these bowlers are bowling on livelier wickets - which means you cannot just judge them.

  • binojpeter on August 20, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    I was impressed by the bowling of Ishwar Pandey during last year's Ranji Trophy. I hope he gets selector's nod for next Test series against SA. I think he will make a great combination with Umesh Yadav and Bhuveneswar Kumar.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 20, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Ishwar Pandey and Shami have proved their worth against South Africa A team. They have shown why they did so well in last year's Ranji Trophy. Unadkat, on the other hand, has shown why he was just an average bowler in last year's Ranji Trophy. I am sorry, taking wickets against Zimbabwe doesn't count. Selectors would have been better off selecting a better left arm medium pacer like Samad Fallah of Maharashtra, or P. Suyal of Delhi, instead of Unadkat.

  • Naresh28 on August 20, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Indian selectors are clearly trying to build up the bench strength of the bowlers. I must say before this tour I did'nt know about Pandey - yesterday when he took the 4 wickets I then decided to have a look at this guys stats.The exposure is good for this player. And now I realize why he is there. Most Indian pacers are in the 130-135 range, I wish we could find bowlers higher than this. batting and spin bowlling options look healthy indeed. If India can achieve this they will be a better force to reckon with. At the end of the day we need variety. Yadav and Aaron are the two we have got. I am sure a fast bowler will emerge from the Punjab area. If this happens it will open the door for more.

  • alfaomega on August 20, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Whether it is India or India A...one problem remains - cleaning up the last few wickets and the tail. From 119/5, SA-A were able to reach 357...that's 200+ runs including 280/8 to 357...that's almost 80 runs. This has cost us a few matches and turned winning positions into narrow draws over the years. We really need to find a couple of bowlers who can blast through the lower order. On the flip side, unlike India, most countries now have long tails. Our bowlers also need to start sticking around and gather those extra runs that more than adding to the score, frustrate opponents and eat away precious time in close matches. We seem to be getting there with Ashwin, Jadeja and Bhuvi. What we need to see is consistency from them. About this match, I really would have liked our guys to be tested against Marchant...he's a quick guy. Dont think the SA bowling was anything near what their test team possesses. Also, let's not please get carried away by one innings from Raina

  • on August 20, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    When Kallis retire there will be someone else who would put up his hand. When kallis did not play in New Zealand JP scored a Ton. SA have a good First class league.

  • GRVJPR on August 20, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    The biggest challenge south africa faces, at least for me, is this over confidence. Champions trophy was an indicator. Without Steyn, Morkel, it was a bit of struggle. South african commentators need to mellow down a bit. Life after king kallis's retirement could be difficult. I am not against any player, but surely Duminy by now must be a consistent performer. Imagine these new players in squad without Kallis! It looks pretty scary. Injuries to steyn and morkel is happening more frequently as well. SA Cricket need to pull their socks.

  • Snambidi on August 20, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    With the lead of 225 Runs& on allowing on having already lost 3 for 42 runs at Lunch,it seems the SA" A" is in a grave situation.

    The wicket of their star player JP Duminy adds to the agony of the South Africans. Still 4 hrs of play left on this final day.being 183 Runs behind anything is possible .India" A" app eras to have a clear Edge to force a win in this first Unofficial Tests. Shami& Pande might be able to make a hay while sun shines.

  • GRVJPR on August 20, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @ Richard Payne Mate, even Tsotsobe looks like Goel Garner in south africa. Do you know Shaul Pollocks avg in India and subcontinent, It's close to 50.

  • Marktc on August 20, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    GRVJPR..I read Vleis's comments...he simply said that certain bowlers were more effective under the right conditions. He did not say that they were useless under unsuitable conditions. IF you had any idea you would see SA have the best touring stats of all teams, so that should speak for itself. If you cannot see what's so special about the SA team, then perhaps tennis is the sport for you.

  • on August 20, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @ GRVJPR: I take it you missed our away Test series victories in England and Australia, then? Or are you being deliberately dense? As for our backup fast bowlers, we have Marchant de Lange (7-for on Test debut), Kyle Abbott (7-for on Test debut), Rory Kleinveldt, Beuran Hendricks and Chris Morris. Of those five, at least three regularly bowl at over 140 km/h. So I suggest you educate yourself before posting rubbish.

  • on August 20, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @Posted by Vleis on (August 20, 2013, 9:03 GMT). You are spot on most of the points. In the happiness and excitement, one should NOT forget that, this is NOT an international Test Match between India & South Africa.

  • Geeva on August 20, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    and there goes JP Duminy for a duck!!!

  • GRVJPR on August 20, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @Vleis So you are saying that on a pitch that suits other team South africa can't compete. Serious doubts about no 1 status then. England winiing all matches in eng, India wioed of aussies 4-0 in India, South africa does same at home. What's so special then about SA??

  • on August 20, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Surprising that only THREE overs (of the 12) after the fall of the 9th Wicket was bowled by Pandey ! Those three overs were not badly bowled either (one of the 3 was a maiden too)!

  • Rohit... on August 20, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Boy, OH! Boy, OH! Boy... Is Raina better than Nadeem? If Nadeem is the future of Indian spin, then I can see a huge vacancy in the spin department... India needs much better spinners to take on the legacy of Kumble.

  • Vleis on August 20, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @ GRVJPR: Are you really from SA, as you don't seem to be aware of the current situation? You rabbit on about SA only having Steyn and Morkel, but our leading test bowler over the past two years (by far) has been Philander (and let's not forget about Kallis). Also, I wouldn't call Morris and de Lange as 120km club trundlers. Kleinvelt, Abbott, Parnell and Tsotsobe are not as quick but are useful in the right conditions. You're forgetting that this is a SA C team attack against a mixture of India's A & B team batting on a pitch that suits the Indians and where the Indians had the best two days to bat on it. Aus A made about 550 for 5 against us a month ago, but lost the two test series.

  • on August 20, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Tale of stinging tails! Both displayed it. 82 runs by India's last pair. And, 45 runs by South Africa's. The last pair's resistance is happening more often these days. Is it one of the by-products of T-20, where everyone has to contribute with runs!

  • on August 20, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Those having a go at Duminy for scoring slowly need to wake up and realize that a) this is his first first-class game since rupturing his Achilles tendon in November and b) he was holding the innings together while wickets were tumbling at the other end and c) this is first-class cricket, not T20 - strike rates matter very little. Superb knock from Duminy under pressure.

  • Clan_McLachlan on August 20, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    This is a strong India A team, especially the batting. Any of Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Sharma or Raina would be regulars in any Test teams other than India, England or South Africa. In the next few years at least some of them will be established in the senior India team.

    The India bowling is weaker, but the untested youngsters have delivered after the batters put runs on the board. It'll be an uphill battle for SA A to save the game from here.

  • MaruthuDelft on August 20, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Raina wants Ashwin's place! Raina is a batsmen having a serious flow in not being able to play short pitch bowling but he bowls really properly with a smooth action. Ashwin is a spinner who can't bend his body to give the ball real spin but he bats competently. real dilemma for selectors; or is it easy? Play Ashwin as a batsman and Raina bowler; Ha Ha...

  • on August 20, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    I think the way bowling is handled is very unprofessionally. If purpose of India A is to test the bowlers ability, I think it is unexplainable that Rohit Sharma is getting 10 overs as a bowler. Is there a purpose to prove whether Rohit Sharma is a bowler and that is also when Inda A is in a winning position? Is he a wicket taker bowler? Ishwar Pandey did not get a good look in tri nation one day series. He got a chance in just two games. In spite of getting 4 wickets against SA, he could not get a chance to complete his quota and get 5 wickets in innings. In this 4 days match, he got a ball only when the batsman were settled down and he broke the partnerships. Dont know whether he will get a ball today to get 5 wickets in an inning? Dont know whether he will get a new ball in the second inning to bowl iff follow-on is forced?

  • GRVJPR on August 20, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    JP duminy has failed again. Strike rate of 34 against rookies? The same pitch where Indians were hammering our test class bowlers like "Parnell". And what an irresponsible shot to play to get out in last over of the day by Duminy. I think young south african batsmen can learn lot from like's of raina who played beautiful knock, safe as well as striking at almost 80. South african future doesn't look good. Except for steyn and morkel, rest are club level 120 kph bowlers.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on August 20, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    @Josepuliampatta:my opinion is if any bowler failed in test format instad of that bowler the who can give best perfermences consistantly in shorter format that bowler can be selected to tests.the chain process wil be continue.

  • on August 20, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @Yedlachaitu . Though one may disagree with specific names, your suggestion to have one set of seamers for Test Matches and another for short formats is a good one. This is particularly viable, when we have so many rookie seamers lining up to follow the footsteps of Zak. Over the next two years, we can zero in on five or six, out of which about four will be good enough to be drafted for any format.

    As far as spinners are concerned Ashwin & Misra are at a different level from the rest. Spin bowling of even the part timers like Raina & Jadeja are far better, than most of the 'aspiring' pure spinners' effectiveness!. In fact, as I mentioned in an earlier post, as long as Raina &Jadeja are in India's playing XI, there is scope for just one spinner in the XI.

  • on August 20, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    @Nampally. As usual, got a summary of the day's play from you. Only one correction. You "reported' that, "Duminy staked his claim for the test spot...". He has already played 26 Test innings for South Africa. He does not have to stake the claim for a "TEST SPOT". May be for "A MORE REGULAR SPOT" or "A PERMANENT SPOT" !

  • arunsahu on August 20, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Best This that came from this series is Raina as an intelligent bowler... both in ODI's and now in test.. and more imp he is bowling more and more overs...

  • JD04 on August 20, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    It seems we have a good bunch of young players waiting in the suburbs. Bodes well for Indian Cricket. However, these type of tours to foreign shores must be planned and executed on regular basis to sustain and improve the class of our bench strength.

    It also a blessing in disguise that there is less media attention, success in these games should act as a starter and create more hunger rather than going to the head.

    Let's hope that we excel on the 4th day as well as the 2nd match of this series, and therafter come back in December and make ourselves proud!

    Regards. JM

  • on August 20, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    good bowling by the three future seamers of Indian team!!! Atb & do well in the years to come

  • Geeva on August 20, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    JP Duminy c †Saha b Raina 84 (280m 222b 9x4 0x6) SR: 37.83....for a test batsman thats veri poor against a rather average bowling attack....ajamal will have a field day with duminy at 6/7 in the upcomimng series!!!!

  • SandipManjrekar on August 20, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    It is unfair to distinguish in between 15 players of this squad. It is also not fair to question whether this squad should really represent A team or not. The squad is consists of fresh & some experience faces who wish to cement their places in Test. Every cricket lover in IND is pleased with the performances of every player in the squad. The way these guys played on this tour is applaudable. Keep the good work guys as success belong to you; Team IND A.

  • vsroc on August 20, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (August 20,2013) Ishwar Pandey bowled exceptionally well with the able support of Unadkat,Shami and Raina that enabled Team India to restrict S.Africa 'A'within 325 runs.Match is interestingly poised with one more day left.

  • gzk89 on August 20, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Unless my maths fails me, they're 120 runs short of the follow on, not 70. This is a four-day match, so the follow-on deficit is 150 runs, not 200, unless it was decided otherwise?

  • vakkaraju on August 20, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    After watching and following the last few series, the Indian teams are showing the Fletcher Effect. The openers are showing a lot of patience at the top. They are starting slowly and purposefully . This is so much like Cook in England , another who was influenced greatly by Fletcher. He clearly could not mould Gambhir and Sehwag, and other seniors who were successful and set in their ways. Now surprisingly even hot headed Raina stuck it out. Only time will tell if these changes are for real. Early signs are good.

  • on August 20, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Glad to see the Indian A team getting an outing in foreign conditions. It just helps the development of up and coming cricketers so much and gives a better indicator of who is really ready to start playing at the highest level.

    Hopefully the BCCI will focus more on A tours and given its clout will ensure that the A team has a schedule as heavy as the senior team. It will help ensure we blood the right players at the right times and not just bring in players cold from domestic cricket after getting used to just one kind of conditions.

    So important we truly want to be the best cricketing team in the world.

  • on August 20, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    India may NOT enforce the follow-on, for a few reasons.

    First, to give another chance for batting practice to Murali Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane & Saha. (Had seen enough of Pujara, Rohit & Raina; but not the other batsmen). With Duncan being there, if there is a trade off between trying to get a win for the A-team Vs. potential practice for a few 'batting candidates' for the regular tour, the practice motive may win.

    Difficulties in getting 12 wickets in one day could be a second reason for not going for a win.

    Not risking injury to bowlers like Shami, Pndey & Unadkat could be a third reason. That is one of the sisde effects of going in with 4 regular bowlers

    On the obverse side, Iswar Pandey's potential was NOT fully expired in the first innings. He was brought in too late. Would like to see how he operate with the new ball in South African conditions. Only if we enforce the folow-on, that objective can be achieved.

    On balance, i suspect, India may NOT enforce the follow on!

  • on August 20, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Though India are still struggling to zero in, on the best bowling combination, full credit should be given to the new set of selectors, in trying their best to find out a decent enough attack pack! One of the things, they are testing out is laudable. That is, trying out the top performers from the domestic circuit. Iswar Pandey, for instance, seems to be trying his best to vindicate the selectors sincere attempt. Hope he succeeds; for his sake, the selectors' sake, and India's sake.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on August 19, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    I think pandey is test bowler like sidille.pandey can bowled line and length and also he had capability to get extra bounce and swing the bowl both ways. I think zaheer,umesh,ishant,pandey,praveen kumar,bhuvi as a test bowlers and up coming bowlers like shami,jaidev,sandeep sharma and warrier,mohit given chance in one day game .it may also helpfull to prevent injuries.

  • elifant on August 19, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Finally, Ishwar Pandey, the top wicket taker in last year's Ranji Trophy gets to show what he is made of, at this level. Here is hoping he continues to perform well.

    I think the selectors deserve credit for their willingness to give a chance to players such as Pandey and Rasool, who have performed at the domestic level, regardless of which "backwater" state they are from.

  • ramz30380 on August 19, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Accolades to the Indian A team for breaking the back of the SA team's batting. One more wicket to go and I am sure SA will be following on.... if they seal a win tomorrow, i think it will be a big boost to these boys..

    Well done Pandey! Whether this guy get a look-in for the senior side - needs to be seen. It was Unadkat and Mohit Sharma in Zimbabwe and now Pandey here, if Ishant Sharma does not pull up his socks, I am sure this bunch of selectors will show him the way as they did for Sehwag, Gambir and Harbajan.

  • on August 19, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Against ordinary bowling Indian batsman can score century. But My question is against world class bowler Dale Steyn, Morkel can you score at least fifty (not in India in South Africa). So this centuries nothing, practice more against fast bowlers in fast pitches.

  • Nampally on August 19, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Pujara used his bowlers very intelligently to reduce the SA to 312 for 9 on the 3rd day. On a perfect batting wkt. where India had scored 3 centuries, SA failed to get one. Pujara utilised Pandey & Raina as "shock bowlers" whilst Nadeem plugged away from one end. Each time a player was set for a big score, Pujara brought his wkt. takers. Raina dismissed Rossouw & Duminy when they were well set for big scores whilst Pandey dismissed Ontong & Tsolekite when they were set as well. Pandey was the real hero of the day with 4 for 40 in 16 overs whilst Raina got 2 for 33 in 10 overs. Pujara did a great job in leading this team with relatively weak bowling to shine on a batting paradise. Great Leadership! As for SA batsmen, Duminy staked his claim for the Test spot with a great innings of 84 & helped his side to a respectable total by guiding Ontong & Tsolekite to be patient. It was a fine day's play with Indian bowlers rising to the occasion. Can India pull a victory on Day 4 of SA follow-on?

  • Ishaanator on August 19, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    well done india a great bowling and batting performance hope that india can bowl sa out early in the morning session

  • Capitalist on August 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    I thought this is a flat wicket? Anyway we could see doctored wickets for the SA tour in december as SA bowlers can only bowl on green tops.

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  • Capitalist on August 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    I thought this is a flat wicket? Anyway we could see doctored wickets for the SA tour in december as SA bowlers can only bowl on green tops.

  • Ishaanator on August 19, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    well done india a great bowling and batting performance hope that india can bowl sa out early in the morning session

  • Nampally on August 19, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Pujara used his bowlers very intelligently to reduce the SA to 312 for 9 on the 3rd day. On a perfect batting wkt. where India had scored 3 centuries, SA failed to get one. Pujara utilised Pandey & Raina as "shock bowlers" whilst Nadeem plugged away from one end. Each time a player was set for a big score, Pujara brought his wkt. takers. Raina dismissed Rossouw & Duminy when they were well set for big scores whilst Pandey dismissed Ontong & Tsolekite when they were set as well. Pandey was the real hero of the day with 4 for 40 in 16 overs whilst Raina got 2 for 33 in 10 overs. Pujara did a great job in leading this team with relatively weak bowling to shine on a batting paradise. Great Leadership! As for SA batsmen, Duminy staked his claim for the Test spot with a great innings of 84 & helped his side to a respectable total by guiding Ontong & Tsolekite to be patient. It was a fine day's play with Indian bowlers rising to the occasion. Can India pull a victory on Day 4 of SA follow-on?

  • on August 19, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Against ordinary bowling Indian batsman can score century. But My question is against world class bowler Dale Steyn, Morkel can you score at least fifty (not in India in South Africa). So this centuries nothing, practice more against fast bowlers in fast pitches.

  • ramz30380 on August 19, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Accolades to the Indian A team for breaking the back of the SA team's batting. One more wicket to go and I am sure SA will be following on.... if they seal a win tomorrow, i think it will be a big boost to these boys..

    Well done Pandey! Whether this guy get a look-in for the senior side - needs to be seen. It was Unadkat and Mohit Sharma in Zimbabwe and now Pandey here, if Ishant Sharma does not pull up his socks, I am sure this bunch of selectors will show him the way as they did for Sehwag, Gambir and Harbajan.

  • elifant on August 19, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Finally, Ishwar Pandey, the top wicket taker in last year's Ranji Trophy gets to show what he is made of, at this level. Here is hoping he continues to perform well.

    I think the selectors deserve credit for their willingness to give a chance to players such as Pandey and Rasool, who have performed at the domestic level, regardless of which "backwater" state they are from.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on August 19, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    I think pandey is test bowler like sidille.pandey can bowled line and length and also he had capability to get extra bounce and swing the bowl both ways. I think zaheer,umesh,ishant,pandey,praveen kumar,bhuvi as a test bowlers and up coming bowlers like shami,jaidev,sandeep sharma and warrier,mohit given chance in one day game .it may also helpfull to prevent injuries.

  • on August 20, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Though India are still struggling to zero in, on the best bowling combination, full credit should be given to the new set of selectors, in trying their best to find out a decent enough attack pack! One of the things, they are testing out is laudable. That is, trying out the top performers from the domestic circuit. Iswar Pandey, for instance, seems to be trying his best to vindicate the selectors sincere attempt. Hope he succeeds; for his sake, the selectors' sake, and India's sake.

  • on August 20, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    India may NOT enforce the follow-on, for a few reasons.

    First, to give another chance for batting practice to Murali Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane & Saha. (Had seen enough of Pujara, Rohit & Raina; but not the other batsmen). With Duncan being there, if there is a trade off between trying to get a win for the A-team Vs. potential practice for a few 'batting candidates' for the regular tour, the practice motive may win.

    Difficulties in getting 12 wickets in one day could be a second reason for not going for a win.

    Not risking injury to bowlers like Shami, Pndey & Unadkat could be a third reason. That is one of the sisde effects of going in with 4 regular bowlers

    On the obverse side, Iswar Pandey's potential was NOT fully expired in the first innings. He was brought in too late. Would like to see how he operate with the new ball in South African conditions. Only if we enforce the folow-on, that objective can be achieved.

    On balance, i suspect, India may NOT enforce the follow on!

  • on August 20, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Glad to see the Indian A team getting an outing in foreign conditions. It just helps the development of up and coming cricketers so much and gives a better indicator of who is really ready to start playing at the highest level.

    Hopefully the BCCI will focus more on A tours and given its clout will ensure that the A team has a schedule as heavy as the senior team. It will help ensure we blood the right players at the right times and not just bring in players cold from domestic cricket after getting used to just one kind of conditions.

    So important we truly want to be the best cricketing team in the world.