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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  • Harmon 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 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.

  • Harmon 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.

  • Ramya 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.

  • Swastik 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.

  • sam 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.

  • Dummy4 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 !!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Praveen 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 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.