SA A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Rustenburg, 4th day August 20, 2013

India A pacers secure comprehensive win

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India A 582 for 9 dec (Pujara 137, Raina 135, Rohit 119) beat South Africa A 357 (Duminy 84, Rossouw 57, Pandey 4-46) and 212 (f/o) (Bavuma 65, Pandey 3-25, Shami 3-33) by an innings and 13 runs
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Six wickets between the fast bowlers Ishwar Pandey and Mohammed Shami helped India A beat South Africa A by an innings and 13 runs in the first unofficial Test in Rustenburg, as a fighting 65 from Temba Bavuma went in vain.

South Africa A resumed their first innings on 312 for 9 and frustrated the Indian bowlers, as Kyle Abbott and Andrew Birch added another 45. Suresh Raina eventually trapped Birch in front to end the innings on 357, 76 short of the follow-on target.

Cheteshwar Pujara asked South Africa to bat again and his decision was immediately vindicated, as Pandey, who had claimed 4 for 46 in the first innings, bowled Reeza Hendricks off the third ball of the innings. Shami dismissed both Dean Elgar and first innings top-scorer JP Duminy in the sixth over to leave the hosts on 15 for 3 and staring at a deficit of 210.

Rilee Rossouw continued his counterattacking ways, taking three fours off Shami in the 10th over. But as in the first innings, he failed to capitalise on his start as Raina bowled him for 34.

South Africa resisted through Bavuma who, having departed for a duck in the first innings, produced a gritty half-century. Justin Ontong and Thami Tsolekile were stopped in their tracks as Shami and Pandey returned for their second spells.

Ontong struck two fours off Shami in the 25th over before his stumps were disturbed and Tsolekile lost his to Pandey in the 35th. Wayne Parnell holed out to Shikhar Dhawan at deep midwicket off left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, to leave South Africa A on 140 for 7.

Bavuma soldiered on, collecting two fours off the 44th over from Nadeem to reach his fifty but pulled Rohit Sharma's first delivery of the innings to midwicket. Rohit also induced the edge from Abbott to the wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha after ten overs of further resistance and finished with 2 for 19 in eight overs, to go with his century from the first innings. Pandey bowled Birch in the 67th over to end with match figures of 7 for 71.

Pujara, named the Man of the Match for his 137 in the first innings, lauded the efforts of his bowlers. "If you want to win a Test match you have to get 20 wickets and to do that in two days in these conditions is fantastic," Pujara said. "Our experience of playing in Indian conditions where you get similar wickets to this one has helped. Normally the wickets are flat and the bowlers are made to work hard for their wickets and that experience shone through today."

South Africa A coach Vincent Barnes said his players had learnt a lot from the match despite the defeat. "I tell the players that these are the type of conditions you are going to play in most of the time and you have to have the game plan and the skills for it," Barnes said. "That is what international cricket is about, a few of the guys stepped up, some stuck in and batted well to get us into a good position, especially in the first innings.

"At the end of the day these tough conditions give me an idea of the character of the players under situations like this," he said. "If they got 590 and we scored 480 we would walk off learning very little about ourselves and the game. There is a lot that we have learnt, I think the players understood that they are playing against world-class opposition and it was tough."

The teams will square off in Pretoria for the second and final unofficial Test starting on August 24.

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  • Sushant_H on August 21, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    A clinical performance by India A. Personally, i was surprised by Pujara's decision to give more overs to the spinners, than Pandey & Shami, in the latter part of the 1st innings, given that the seamers (esp Pandey) took most of the wickets. But may be he had a plan in mind-- to bowl them out quickly & reserve the energy of the seamers for the follow-on....& the plan worked beautifully, with the seamers rattling the RSA-A batsmen in the 2nd innings. Good captaincy by Pujara. And Ishwar Pandey has definitely made a case for selection in the senior side for the SA tour in Nov. If he can take 7 wickets in the match on a flat deck like this one, he can do wonders on the more seamer-friendly pitches which will be offered to us in November. If he can give a similar performance in the 2nd 4-day game, he could well be in the reckoning for a spot in the senior XI. Great to see a promising young Indian fast bowler, & also the batsmen (esp Rohit Sharma) getting hundreds!

  • Sunman81 on August 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Kudos to the indian bowlers and they deserve a pat on their back... Experts predicted tough time for the Indian batsmen after a successful ODI tournament, but then Pujara and Rohit showed the maturity and skills on day1 to prove them wrong. Although the conditions would change when the senior team arrives here for the test match, this experience is indeed very valuable and gives the bowlers and batsmen some much needed confidence.

  • Harmony111 on August 23, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1: Easy to entangle you in your own words. Your comment itself proves that Sachin values Test Cricket more than any other format and wanted to win series in Aus and SA before retiring. India lost 0-4 in Eng so he felt it would be awkward and cowardly to go out like that and then he hoped India would at least do well vs a weak Aus but India lost 0-4 there too then he hoped India would at least win vs Eng at home so that he can retire but India lost there too. Now the hurt is a bit too much and he wants to anyhow do well vs SA. It is just a co-incidence that his 200th test is coming up too.

    Hard to see Sachin would risk all his test avg and reputation just to play 200 tests. If he is after stats why would he want to lose one stats to gain another? Doesn't make sense.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 23, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    @ Harmony111 - Don't be another Tendulkar apologist. The only reason he is still playing is because he wants to complete 200 test matches. If he wanted to go out on a high, he could have listened to Imran Khan and retired after winning World Cup 2011. There's nothing higher than winning a World Cup.

  • Harmony111 on August 22, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @Catherine Delport: Fully agree with you about Steyn. In fact I would say that if Steyn got in top gear vs India then India will lose badly. He will clean it all. But I am also of the opinion that if Steyn doesn't find his form or misses a test then India would naturally find it easy to deal with the rest of the SA bowlers. Morkel & Philander are undoubtedly tough challenges but they are deal-able unlike Steyn who can be unplayable 5/6 in an over in top form.

    Frankly I am somewhat unsure about what will happen there. India might lose 0-2 or 0-3 or India might draw the series like the last time. India have some new strength but they also have some old weaknesses.

    Reg Sachin & Kallis, perhaps Sachin will retire after this series irrespective of the result. The only reason he has not retired already is cos he felt hurt at the 0-8 and wants to go on a high note. I wish he hits the Tenor C in SA.

  • ramz30380 on August 22, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    @Catherine Delport - U are right, this can be the last time 2 stalwarts will be playing in the same match - one last time for us to cherish, both these men Kallis & SRT have given so much to world cricket & they both deserve respect - so there is no point on trying to prove who is best! If Sachin has all the batting records, Kallis enjoys the best allrounder records! So lets give these men the send off they so rightfully deserve... And also Thank u for recognising talent! Yes, Bhuvi and Yadav will be a handful in this tour.

    @SamRoy - Agree with u mate, Ishant has been given a very long leash - He needs to be put in place. He is still young and can make a comeback based on his domestic performances.

    @Dinesh Purohit - I agree with u too - there must be a rotational policy with the pacers to ensure that they dont get injured in the long run. Now with some interesting prospects on the cards, lets hope tht happens.

  • usernames on August 21, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    How's this not an A team? Dhawan has played 1 test, same as Rahane, Rohit yet to debut, Raina isn't a test regular, Saha doesn't play tests, and none of the bowlers have played a test for India. Out of the 11 that played, 6 players have past experience of test cricket--a combined 50 test matches between them. SA 'A' has 6 players, too, who have played Test matches earlier, with a total 32 matches between them.

    Now to the performance: the pitch excuses, etc. should seriously go away especially if a team has done this well in both batting and bowling. Batting, we scored near 600. And on the same pitch, bowled the opposition out for less than that, twice. That's commendable. If it was amazingly flat, then our batsmen did well, yours did not, our bowlers did exceedingly well, yours did not. If it was seaming and swinging and had *craters* on it, our batsmen did exceedingly well, yours did not; our bowlers did well, yours, well, let's just say they were poor. This is thrashing.

  • SamRoy on August 21, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    On a more important note, Ishant Sharma should not be selected for this tour. It was because of him we didn't win last time. Sometimes players need to be punished for bad performances. Any way his record in England, Australia and SA is abysmal. I would prefer even Zaheer to be kept aside. Go with Bhuvi, Umesh, Ishwar, Shami, Mohit is the right combination.

  • on August 21, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    If Steyn hits his normal test form the series will be very competitive. Steyn , Morkel and Philander are a proven combination but I look forward to watching Kumar and Yadav on our SA wickets too. I hope India stick with these two youngsters.

    It could be the last time we see Kallis and SRT in a series two and no matter what they are now let's never forget the cricket please these two have given us !!!!

    This is a strong Indian team so let's not underestimate them - all their spinners are world class and the young batsmen - especially Kohli and Pujara seem to be better with the bounce than older Indian teams !!

    Come on November !!

  • on August 21, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Congratulations to team India, in my opinion I Pandey should be the MOM cause 7 Vitel wickets. It could give tones of confidence to the relatively new player, and don't forget he is the one brake all half century partnerships in first inning bowled Reeza Hendricks off the third ball of the second innings that set the path to win (ended with 3 wicket haul in second inning) or can be Raina with fast century and 4 wickets. I Pandey could be used in longer format. Unadkat is better bowler now then his debut and could be used in ODI or T20. It's time for India to think three different teams for Test, ODI, T20s. You can't un justice to all this young guns performing well on foreign pitches and conditions like they did to Tiwari who score a century, since than he is on bench than injured. And don't forget we lost series against England in same conditions @ Home. So bravo team India A.

  • Sushant_H on August 21, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    A clinical performance by India A. Personally, i was surprised by Pujara's decision to give more overs to the spinners, than Pandey & Shami, in the latter part of the 1st innings, given that the seamers (esp Pandey) took most of the wickets. But may be he had a plan in mind-- to bowl them out quickly & reserve the energy of the seamers for the follow-on....& the plan worked beautifully, with the seamers rattling the RSA-A batsmen in the 2nd innings. Good captaincy by Pujara. And Ishwar Pandey has definitely made a case for selection in the senior side for the SA tour in Nov. If he can take 7 wickets in the match on a flat deck like this one, he can do wonders on the more seamer-friendly pitches which will be offered to us in November. If he can give a similar performance in the 2nd 4-day game, he could well be in the reckoning for a spot in the senior XI. Great to see a promising young Indian fast bowler, & also the batsmen (esp Rohit Sharma) getting hundreds!

  • Sunman81 on August 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Kudos to the indian bowlers and they deserve a pat on their back... Experts predicted tough time for the Indian batsmen after a successful ODI tournament, but then Pujara and Rohit showed the maturity and skills on day1 to prove them wrong. Although the conditions would change when the senior team arrives here for the test match, this experience is indeed very valuable and gives the bowlers and batsmen some much needed confidence.

  • Harmony111 on August 23, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1: Easy to entangle you in your own words. Your comment itself proves that Sachin values Test Cricket more than any other format and wanted to win series in Aus and SA before retiring. India lost 0-4 in Eng so he felt it would be awkward and cowardly to go out like that and then he hoped India would at least do well vs a weak Aus but India lost 0-4 there too then he hoped India would at least win vs Eng at home so that he can retire but India lost there too. Now the hurt is a bit too much and he wants to anyhow do well vs SA. It is just a co-incidence that his 200th test is coming up too.

    Hard to see Sachin would risk all his test avg and reputation just to play 200 tests. If he is after stats why would he want to lose one stats to gain another? Doesn't make sense.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 23, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    @ Harmony111 - Don't be another Tendulkar apologist. The only reason he is still playing is because he wants to complete 200 test matches. If he wanted to go out on a high, he could have listened to Imran Khan and retired after winning World Cup 2011. There's nothing higher than winning a World Cup.

  • Harmony111 on August 22, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @Catherine Delport: Fully agree with you about Steyn. In fact I would say that if Steyn got in top gear vs India then India will lose badly. He will clean it all. But I am also of the opinion that if Steyn doesn't find his form or misses a test then India would naturally find it easy to deal with the rest of the SA bowlers. Morkel & Philander are undoubtedly tough challenges but they are deal-able unlike Steyn who can be unplayable 5/6 in an over in top form.

    Frankly I am somewhat unsure about what will happen there. India might lose 0-2 or 0-3 or India might draw the series like the last time. India have some new strength but they also have some old weaknesses.

    Reg Sachin & Kallis, perhaps Sachin will retire after this series irrespective of the result. The only reason he has not retired already is cos he felt hurt at the 0-8 and wants to go on a high note. I wish he hits the Tenor C in SA.

  • ramz30380 on August 22, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    @Catherine Delport - U are right, this can be the last time 2 stalwarts will be playing in the same match - one last time for us to cherish, both these men Kallis & SRT have given so much to world cricket & they both deserve respect - so there is no point on trying to prove who is best! If Sachin has all the batting records, Kallis enjoys the best allrounder records! So lets give these men the send off they so rightfully deserve... And also Thank u for recognising talent! Yes, Bhuvi and Yadav will be a handful in this tour.

    @SamRoy - Agree with u mate, Ishant has been given a very long leash - He needs to be put in place. He is still young and can make a comeback based on his domestic performances.

    @Dinesh Purohit - I agree with u too - there must be a rotational policy with the pacers to ensure that they dont get injured in the long run. Now with some interesting prospects on the cards, lets hope tht happens.

  • usernames on August 21, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    How's this not an A team? Dhawan has played 1 test, same as Rahane, Rohit yet to debut, Raina isn't a test regular, Saha doesn't play tests, and none of the bowlers have played a test for India. Out of the 11 that played, 6 players have past experience of test cricket--a combined 50 test matches between them. SA 'A' has 6 players, too, who have played Test matches earlier, with a total 32 matches between them.

    Now to the performance: the pitch excuses, etc. should seriously go away especially if a team has done this well in both batting and bowling. Batting, we scored near 600. And on the same pitch, bowled the opposition out for less than that, twice. That's commendable. If it was amazingly flat, then our batsmen did well, yours did not, our bowlers did exceedingly well, yours did not. If it was seaming and swinging and had *craters* on it, our batsmen did exceedingly well, yours did not; our bowlers did well, yours, well, let's just say they were poor. This is thrashing.

  • SamRoy on August 21, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    On a more important note, Ishant Sharma should not be selected for this tour. It was because of him we didn't win last time. Sometimes players need to be punished for bad performances. Any way his record in England, Australia and SA is abysmal. I would prefer even Zaheer to be kept aside. Go with Bhuvi, Umesh, Ishwar, Shami, Mohit is the right combination.

  • on August 21, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    If Steyn hits his normal test form the series will be very competitive. Steyn , Morkel and Philander are a proven combination but I look forward to watching Kumar and Yadav on our SA wickets too. I hope India stick with these two youngsters.

    It could be the last time we see Kallis and SRT in a series two and no matter what they are now let's never forget the cricket please these two have given us !!!!

    This is a strong Indian team so let's not underestimate them - all their spinners are world class and the young batsmen - especially Kohli and Pujara seem to be better with the bounce than older Indian teams !!

    Come on November !!

  • on August 21, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Congratulations to team India, in my opinion I Pandey should be the MOM cause 7 Vitel wickets. It could give tones of confidence to the relatively new player, and don't forget he is the one brake all half century partnerships in first inning bowled Reeza Hendricks off the third ball of the second innings that set the path to win (ended with 3 wicket haul in second inning) or can be Raina with fast century and 4 wickets. I Pandey could be used in longer format. Unadkat is better bowler now then his debut and could be used in ODI or T20. It's time for India to think three different teams for Test, ODI, T20s. You can't un justice to all this young guns performing well on foreign pitches and conditions like they did to Tiwari who score a century, since than he is on bench than injured. And don't forget we lost series against England in same conditions @ Home. So bravo team India A.

  • spot_on on August 21, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Steyn is falling on the likes of Malinga. Indians were clueless against him few years back. Now after making him play in the IPL they have read Steyn pretty much like what they did with Malinga. My instinct says, only Philander will be the darkhorse in this series....

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on August 21, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Last 20 innings have been woeful?, Did you see his performance against Australia?. .Well, for starters the Australia series was the most recent one.

  • ramz30380 on August 21, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa - agreed tht Ind doesnt boast of a Steyn, Morkel or Philander but remember mate - Ind produces spinners, SA pacers to suit their kind of wickets. Ind has Ashwin and SRJ who have proved for themselves & a Mishra as a back-up spinner.

    Each country produces the best quality of players to suit their conditions - If u point fingers at Ind for not producing a Steyn, then Ind can point fingers at SA for not producing an Ashwin - face it mate, accept that!

    If Pandey & Shami can run thru SA on a flat track, then it is clear that Ind is well on route to produce some quality pacers! They may not be as quick as a Steyn or Morkel, if they are able to pick up wickets, then, its job well done! Ind does have B.Kumar, who has impressed one and all - he is just 22 yrs of age! Mohit Sharma who hasnt featured in this A team is another prospect along with Pandey, Shami & Kaul - u will be seeing them in the intnl level very soon - just wait & watch!

  • ramz30380 on August 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa - I dont think it is fair in comparing two legends in their own right. The SA - Ind series will not be abt Kallis & Sachin - these two have proved to the world wht they are and are well into their sunset years.

    The series is a transitional phase for both countries - the big names of Ind cricket have all retired, by all means it can be Sachin's last. Going by that Ind have developed a good bench strength. They began this process whn reality hit them hard in Eng & Aus where their weak bench strength stood exposed.

    I dont think we can say that much abt SA. It was very evident when they toured SL in the ODIs - they missed Kallis big time whereas Ind hasn't missed Sachin eversince he has retired in the shorter formats - in fact they have gone on to win more games!

    Kohli will fit into Sachin's shoes & his slot in test cricket but can u name someone on the same lines who will fit into Kallis shoes for SA? - I dont think so.

  • Johnny_129 on August 21, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Judging from this match, the following 'pace' bowlers should be selected for the Test series, B Kumar, U Yadav, I Sharma, Z Khan & I Pandey - India will need experienced bowlers to win the series. While Ishant and Zak have not been great as of late, they can guide the younger lot and both are capable with the old ball. Yadav and Kumar are wicket taking bowlers, predominantly with the new ball. Pandey's form suggests that he would be an adequate back up. Would like to see India win the series after suffering white-washes in Aus & Eng prior to the home Tests!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 21, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    @GrtIndia_Ann We all know that SRT eyes are going, selectors, BCCI, captains and the public are all too scared to drop him. His last 20 test innings have been woeful. The gap i am talking about is the batting average difference between Kallis and SRT.

    Dale Steyn on a seaming wicket followed by Philander and Morkel is going to be a rude awakening and an opportunity for SA to further stretch their lead as the No.1 Test team in the world. I am trying to think of some current world class India seam bowlers but i am struggling to come up with any. Guess its down to flat tracks and too much IPL.

  • binu.emiliya on August 21, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    @Outswinger1978,So the best bowler is missing from your list rt? Buvaneswar Kumar is best bowler for India now,You can not even imagine a team without him

  • GrtIndia_Ann on August 21, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @Tommytucker: what sort gap is there between Kallis and SRT which Kallis is going to further stretch rather than reduce?get your stats right brother...Sachin leads the number of runs and centuries in longer format if thats what you mean...any way...thinking that SA have fooled India by providing lifeless pitches and injecting over confidence in the minds of Indian batsman is a big joke....I think you are not able to swallow the fact that India A thrashed SA in SA....

  • Srini_Indian on August 21, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: What mission has been accomplished? The bitter truth which is exposed is SA's bench strength is not up to the mark and they were humiliated in their own backyard by inexperienced India A. Don't talk about India's problems against seam, we all saw how SA danced to the tunes of Herath & co in SL and their atrocious record in SL.

  • humdrum on August 21, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    While it is nobody's case that the seniors of both India and SA will give identical results in the upcoming test series,the fact of the matter is that the bench of SA is found wanting ,in their home conditions,by a mile.So,what next,is the question ?Well,instead of thumping their chests,the think tank of SA would be well advised to ask themselves as to why they have been at their very best at home and away,these last 4 years,and still been unable to beat India,both home and away.Food for thought for all concerned.This series will prove a big point,should there be a definite result.

  • on August 21, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa,there is no question of denying a 4th test by BCCI when there were no proposal from either SA or India regarding extra tests..it's a 3test series decided way back during FTP programme..infact its BCCI who asked SA to reduce the number of ODI matches..kindly care to read previous stories and not just make stories out of thin air.

  • SudeepSonawane on August 21, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Players in the Indian team lead by Virat Kohli and India 'A' led by Cheteshwar Pujara have grabbed the opportunity to shine. Emphatic successes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ishwar Pandey and Mohd Sami have created a problem for national selectors who should pool their individual experiences of playing cricket and show courage by discarding players who are well past their shelf life dates. Irrespective of how the India A team fares in the second match against South Africa A, those who have performed well should be rewarded a berth in the senior India team. My suggestion for India Test team in the new season:- 1. Murali Vijay 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. Virat Kholi 4. Cheteshwar Pujara 5. Rohit Sharma 6 M S Dhoni 7 R Jadeja 8 R Ashwin 9 I Pandey 10 M Sami 11 Umesh Yadav. 12th man Dinesh Karthik, 13 Amit Mishra 14 Ishant Sharma 15 Ambati Rayyudu.

  • vsroc on August 21, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (August 21,2013) Hearty congrajulations to Team India,under the able leadership of Cheteshwar Pujara,for winning the first test match against South Africa'A' in an emphatic manner Ishwar Pandey bowled impressively with the able support of Mohammed Shami, Unadkat & spinners Nadeem,Raina and Sharma. Captain utilised his bowling resources well to capture 20 wickets of the opponent in 2 days.Our batsmen exhibited their skills well to score three centuries one each by R.Sharma,Pujara and Suresh Raina respectively.Overall,it was a great effort indeed!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 21, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Mission accomplished for SA. India now have selection headaches and should hopefully be over-confident about their ability to bat outside the subcontinent.

    Looking forward to the India tour, the BCCI made sure that India have the ODIs first so that they can have more practice. They also denied a 4th Test instead of a few ODIs as they know India are weaker in the longer format in the game.

    @Harmony. I am really looking forward to watching Kallis take wickets and make big runs further streching the gap between him and SRT.

  • on August 21, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    It seems we have found a pool of medium pacers in Pandey, Shami, Mohit, Bhuvi,Kaul,Unadkat....so finally we can say that India is no longer the graveyard for the fast bowlers, but despite of that barring Umesh we haven't got an 140+ fast bowler who can surprize the batsman with his pace, Varun Aaron is injured for a long time and I m not sure whether he will be able to bowl at the same pace again, time to give opportunity to Rahul Shukla, Pawan Suyal (left armer) and Krishnakant Upadhayay who all can bowl 140 or more than that on consistent basis. Mean while till then we should celebrate for the success of our medium pacers and hope that they will continue to perform and keep raising the bars high.

  • on August 21, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    India won brilliantly and this means to indian supporters that they are going to win the real tests at the end of the year and SA A team is weak and we have no back-up players. Someone say that SA team are only no.1 because of ICC rankings. This SA team is unbeaten away from home since 2006 and only Australia beat them at home in a series. SA team is the most consistent team in test cricket. The Indian team is doing good after a lot of retirements and should grow under the captaincy of dhoni. Maybe that elusive series win in Australia and SA is not that far away. Only time will tell. SA are not going to role over and let india come here and win. This team knows how to fight like they did in Australia and England. Congrats again to the Indian A side.

  • on August 21, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Ohhhh. Thank you God..... In fact I am first time I m watching no comments are posted against Rohit Sharma. I m expecting Rohit scored century against very poor attack, Rohit played tooooo slow or Rohit again threw his wicker....etc etc.... But really happy that it seems to people has slowly starting to accept Rohit. It is realy good to India and perticularly to Rohit. Everytime enter on the ground with so much extra burden and to score good runs is not an easy thing for anybody. 2013 year is so far going verywell. He started playing opening and we are watching different Rohit. Especially the thinktank of MI played a mejor role making him captain. It realy helping Rohit playing more and more respocibly. Now the test spot should not be too far away from Rohit. He is the most suitabke player now for all 3 formats. In last T20 WC hw scored 53in 31 balks against Eng. in ODI he scored 84 in 93 balks against Eng, and 2 days before only he played as much as 250 balls for his century. Great !

  • on August 21, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    why MOM was given to cheteswar pujara Raina scored 135 with better strike rate and took 4 wickets this is the reason raina's good innings and effort always over shadowed

  • Harmony111 on August 21, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Even if this was was a super flat track this Indian win is still admirable. SA couldn't save the manage with 20 wickets while India did the job with only 9 wickets. On a super flat track this Indian bowling that was supposed to be ultra weak managed to bowl out the home team twice in <3 days.

    Does anyone if these matches are being telecast on any channel in India? I can't find one. I would have loved to see the recent tri-series final too.

    In the prev day's bulletins, a few ppl have said that this is not an A team but a toned down India Sr. team. Well, an A team is not something that should carry under 23's or under 19s. An A team is supposed to have those fringe players who are nearly good enough to be in the Sr team. This is the point of having A teams. By that basis, this is a very weal A team sent by India cos 6-7 players there have no Intl exp and are not exactly knocking on the Sr team.

  • on August 21, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    From an earlier report about south african domestic cricket i had read that the bowling coach was not happy with the pitches on offer in the domestic first class tournament and hence he said they would have more batting friendly pitches, so the high scores by the indian batsmen(in the previous a mach both SA and Aus batsmen scored heavily...Also the conditions are a bit similar to the one we have in India during the winters as it is the winter season there...So the combination of these two worked in India A's favour..the weather conditions helped just the right amount of support for the bowlers which obviously helped indian bowlers and batsmen more than the proteas because of more familiarity...having said that, it is always good for the confidence to win away from home whatever the conditions or the opposition.

  • kc69 on August 21, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Great morale booster for Indian youngsters.But i wonder how unfair is it to give Pujara the man of the match for scoring 137 runs whereas Raina scored 135 run and took 4 wickets in both innings(3+1).

  • on August 21, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    SA is preparing for series against pakistan in UAE ...So the reason for flat pitches looks obvious...Please don' be surprised if the next match is played on dust bowl !!!

  • on August 21, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Why isn't Virat kohli playing in these a matches ? ???

  • binu.emiliya on August 21, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Some comments always make me laugh...If India bat well and post a huge total,the pitch is flat or an Indian pitch,If Indian bowlers got 10 wickets and bowled out opposition then the opposite team batted poorly to the mediocre Indian bowling unit,If India all out less than 200 then Indian batsmen not good out side India....When you people will learn to appreciate...? Currently Indian U19 team is doing good,U23 team is doing good,India A team is winning matches,Indian Senior team is winning matches..I am happy about that!

  • Naresh28 on August 21, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Now India has Mohit Sharma and Pandey to choose from. These guys will player sooner than later for India. Time to expose the likes of Sandeep Sharma and IPL fast bowler Rahul Shukla, also Rishi Dhawan. There are vacancies in the pace department for India and some of these guys could sit on bench. I'm sure there are other bowlers either than these metioned.

  • hotcric01 on August 21, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    In these days all indian teams doing well.ODI team,U19 team,U23 team and now A team.Looking forward to tournaments against AUS and SA.Zaheer,Umesh and Panday are the best combination of the bowlers for SA tests.Ishant and Bhuvi also should be included to the squad.

  • Srini_Indian on August 21, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Excellent win for India A. Irrespective of conditions, to beat a SA team in their own conditions is a good effort. The most heartening thing is the pacers took wickets and bowled us to victory. Very positive indeed! Few positives for SA A as well. Duminy looked good in the 1st innings with tremendous pressure. Unlucky to miss out on a well deserved hundred. Can't wait for 2nd test. I hope the wicket is a little bit lively though.

  • GRVJPR on August 21, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    All those who are saying that this was an Indian pitch are day dreaming. It was far from it. The ball swung and seamed around quite a bit, but indian batsmen made it look easy. Raina played his game despite ball doing all sorts. It go flat by the end of second day, hence the effort from bowlers is quite commendable. Not a single ball turned. It was far from Indian wicket. It seems to me, unless Indian team collapses,people start assuming it is indian pitch, rather than giving credit where it was due. Also brilliant from pujara to continue to bat in first innings. The only way to win 4 day match is by scoring big runs in first innings. Raina is the star. If SA is looking for more juicy wickets, to win a lottery by winning tosses, they should always remember what happened in Durban. South African team collapsed to 70 all out despite batting second on that pitch and despite leading the series 1-0 at that time.

  • amygdala on August 21, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Nice work by the boys... Even if the pitch prepared by Saffies undermines the result for the naysayers, the bowling performance of Ishwar Pande and the pack lit it up a bit for India. Also, the same pitch angle shows the second line or 'future' of SAf batting in a not-so-glowing light. Certainly their fast bowling stocks look good, but the quality of batting even comparable to Amla, de Villers and esp Kallis is nowhere in sight.

  • on August 21, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Haven't we gone there to learn their pitches? What's the point if they are producing similar pitches like India or SA doesn't want to expose their pitches?

  • ssenthil on August 21, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Well done India A boys. But this pitch seems like a Sub-continent one where spinners have equal or better purchase then seamer. India batted in a flat pitch and piled the runs and SA A couldn't resist the scoreboard pressure and choked. But I believe India may have got S Raina as a potential part time bowler from his earlier occasional bowler grade. He is just 23 only despite he was in the Int'l cricket for 8 years already. He must evolve as a Batting all rounder in ODI and respect and get matured in the test arena.

  • bluemoon143 on August 21, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    As already mentioned by CP regarding almost indian conditon, I think this is bad tactics by SA board to provide flat pitch. Ishwar pandey is looking wicket taking bowler and hope he will get chance to play for India.

  • on August 21, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Is the SA 'A' batting so pathetic to lose against this mediocre bowling attack of India? Losing by an innings is a real surprise. Another surprise has been the performance of Raina as a spinner. He has taken more wickets than Nadeem, the frontline spinner. Would like to see Razool have a go in the second test.

  • yoogi on August 21, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    One should appreciate Pujara and the bowlers for the decision to go for the kill despite this being just practice matches. It certainly helps that this team is full of young bowlers who is ready and willing to bowl for the second consecutive day. Hopefully Pujara will held SA bowlers for a good amount of time before tendulkar arrives to the crease when India tours SA.

  • on August 21, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    great victory for India...kudos. I hope they prepare a more seamer friendly wicket in the next test...let Indian batsmen be tested for what they have been sent here!

  • CrICkeeet on August 21, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Hmm... sounds good, Indian "PACERS" secure victory...

  • crick_sucks on August 21, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    well done India A. Winning in SA is tough esp. for sub continent teams. Ind-A made full use of the conditions and came on top with a innings win. Good effort and need to continue on this.

  • humdrum on August 21, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    A thoroughly professional job.More so as the bowling was the weak link and sans experience,yet delivered back to back performances,with Pandey being the standout guy.SA have much to ponder as the gennext does not appear to have the wherewithal to grind out and that seperates the men from the boys. On green wickets,India's seam and swing should be at least as effective,if not more.The batting on both sides,then,would decide the match.On current show,India would have the edge.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 21, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Ishwar Pandey and Shami have been the positives of this tour so far. As expected, Unadkat failed. That's why Ranji Trophy performance is a better marker of a cricketer's abilities than IPL Unadkat was just an average Ranji bowler while Ishwar and Shami had excellent performances in last years Ranji Trophy. Hopefully Ishwar can replace always a rookie - Ishant Sharma in the Indian team.

  • jimbond on August 21, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Seeing the performances of Pandey, the selection of Unadkat seems all the more baffling. In last year's Ranji, Pandey was the top wicket taker and Unadkat did not figure anywhere. Selectors could have done the country a favour by selecting performers like Kaul, or even a lesser known Sandeep Warrier.

  • GRVJPR on August 21, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Brilliant performance, to inflict an innings defeat to a home team in a 4 day match is excellent achievement for a very young and inexperienced team. It also shows that Indian first class pitches produces good cricketers.

  • on August 21, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    well done, young indian tam

  • on August 20, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Man of the match should be given to Rohith Sharma because he made 135 runs also take the wickets.

  • on August 20, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Well done Team A, glad for Pujara, Impressed with Pandey!! Rains also delivered which will do him a lot of good. Well done folks!

  • ramz30380 on August 20, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Fantastic effort by the quicks to bowl out SA A twice in two days! Now, we have some serious contenders in the pace bowling dept. I am still in favor of a Mohit Sharma who is an intelligent bowler - but i guess he has to wait for his chance now.

    Spl appreciation to Raina, who managed to take 4 wkts to go with his century. It wud've been nice if CI had included a line abt his contribution in this article. Anyways, well written otherwise!

    I thought it wud have been fitting to give the MOM to Pandey for his 7 wkts in the match - apart from the encouragement it wud've given him, I feel he deserved it more - as his vital blows proved to be decisive in Ind A winning this match!

  • Naresh28 on August 20, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    A good win for India A - the gains were some good batting by the upper order batsman who displayed a lot of patience (Vijay, Pujara, Raina and Rohit) and some good bowling by Pandey/Shami - its hard to judge these bowlers on a difficult track. Another plus was the experience gained by the captain in captaining. It would be nice if our pace bowlers were given a good wicket to bowl on. Indian fans would have loved to see these matches screened live

  • Capricorn60 on August 20, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Congrats to Pujara & his team, done really well to win this match by an innings within four days. However heavy weather was made of polishing the SA tail in the 1st innings & this is a problem endemic with many Indian teams at all levels. Nevertheless really heartening to see some new young players like Ishwar Pandey grab this opportunity in performing very well in this match. Both Raina & Rohit Sharma did well too in vying for that No. 6 spot in the Test series against SA later this year.

  • delhi-belly on August 20, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    my heartiest congratulations to team India A for a comprehensive victory...since a test match win in South Africa is a very elusive one...they showed that it is not impossible in the near future. I would like to congratulate the entire team especially the bowlers who did quite a magnificent job to get 20 wickets in 2 days...shami, pandey and nadeem were excellent ...the result was clinical...love u india

  • Nampally on August 20, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Congrats for a magnificient win India. Kudos to the Indian bowlers for sticking to the job ahead & with attacking bowling challenging the batsmen. It is amazing on a flat pitch where India managed to get nearly 600 runs, SA were dismissed twice within that score. It is a tribute to the Leadership, bowling & intensity which the Indian team showed. Pujara handled his bowlers carefully to ensure that his fast bowlers are still good in the second innings. He was not disappointed when Pandey & Shami struck to the task & toppled the cream of SA batting with 15 for 3. This set the stage for an unbelievable innings defeat for SA. It is tough to bowl continuously for 2 days+ to get the opposition out twice. Indian team deserves a lot of credit. This SA team had at least 6 potential candidates for the Test Squad against India in December.Only Bavuma stood his ground with 65. Pandey had a 7 wkts, tally for the match- a fine performance on a flat wkt. Good Luck to both the teams in Pretoria.

  • on August 20, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Many Congratulations to the India A team. While the track is nowhere close to what they will experience when they play the Proteas senior side, I hope playing against quality players in a different country would be a big learning for the young Indians.

  • on August 20, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Unadkat like his fellow RCB bowler Vinay Kumar is a complete waste. He has played all the games in Zimbabwe & South Africa but has completely failed to produce results. Suraj Yadav, Siddharth Kaul, Rishi Dhawan or Sandeep Sharma should be considered for the next India A tour. They deserve to be rewarded for their brilliant Ranji season.

  • Cricfever_PM on August 20, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Looking at the way Raina & RS taking wickets SA didn't give proper wickets to India A!!! But still our quickies have performed well!! Good going Pandey & Shami!!

  • sandy_bangalore on August 20, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Brilliant display by the bowlers on a slow pitch! Now where exactly are all those people who keep harping on about how no bowlers exist in India, and the cupboard is bare and so on?? The bowling is a as well stocked as the batting, both in spin and pace.

  • on August 20, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    End of the road for VInay???

  • MAYURESHmagic on August 20, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Such performsnce shows maturation of indian cricket over last 3 years. Indian cricket nowon heading towards perfection and specialism of different formats. Shami and Ishwar showed they are made for this format will be joined by bhuvneshwar, ashwin, jadeja, mishra and zaheer/umesh/irfan for SA tour.

  • on August 20, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    who wud have thought that indiqn pacers wud out bowl the south african young pacers? also indian young batsmen posting 580 runs on bouncy sa pitches was real positive that indian coach will take from this game .exciting times for indian fans. hope they replicate this fine form in november and defeat number 1 (as per icc rankings) side in their home conditions.

  • on August 20, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Pandey seems like a good find

  • on August 20, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    India A played well against South Africa A, but real test awaits them when they play on bouncy tracks

  • on August 20, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Ishwar pandey is found of the match. India to utilise this bench strength effectively for the real test.

  • mohamedtoufiq on August 20, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    A wonderful display of skills and a proud victory for the visitors.

  • mohamedtoufiq on August 20, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    A wonderful display of skills and a proud victory for the visitors.

  • on August 20, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Ishwar pandey is found of the match. India to utilise this bench strength effectively for the real test.

  • on August 20, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    India A played well against South Africa A, but real test awaits them when they play on bouncy tracks

  • on August 20, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Pandey seems like a good find

  • on August 20, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    who wud have thought that indiqn pacers wud out bowl the south african young pacers? also indian young batsmen posting 580 runs on bouncy sa pitches was real positive that indian coach will take from this game .exciting times for indian fans. hope they replicate this fine form in november and defeat number 1 (as per icc rankings) side in their home conditions.

  • MAYURESHmagic on August 20, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Such performsnce shows maturation of indian cricket over last 3 years. Indian cricket nowon heading towards perfection and specialism of different formats. Shami and Ishwar showed they are made for this format will be joined by bhuvneshwar, ashwin, jadeja, mishra and zaheer/umesh/irfan for SA tour.

  • on August 20, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    End of the road for VInay???

  • sandy_bangalore on August 20, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Brilliant display by the bowlers on a slow pitch! Now where exactly are all those people who keep harping on about how no bowlers exist in India, and the cupboard is bare and so on?? The bowling is a as well stocked as the batting, both in spin and pace.

  • Cricfever_PM on August 20, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Looking at the way Raina & RS taking wickets SA didn't give proper wickets to India A!!! But still our quickies have performed well!! Good going Pandey & Shami!!

  • on August 20, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Unadkat like his fellow RCB bowler Vinay Kumar is a complete waste. He has played all the games in Zimbabwe & South Africa but has completely failed to produce results. Suraj Yadav, Siddharth Kaul, Rishi Dhawan or Sandeep Sharma should be considered for the next India A tour. They deserve to be rewarded for their brilliant Ranji season.