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 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 on August 20, 2013, 16:52 GMT

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

  • Praveen 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.

  • Rashmi 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.

  • Peace 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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.

  • Anil 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.

  • Jay 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.

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