SA A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, Pretoria, 3rd day August 26, 2013

South Africa set India a daunting target of 307

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India A 201 & 3 for 1 need another 304 runs to beat South Africa A 341 & 166 for 5 dec (Elgar 62, Nadeem 3-56)
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South Africa A provided the prospect of an exciting finish to the second unofficial Test by setting India A a steep target of 307 on the third day in Pretoria. The visitors scored three after losing M Vijay's wicket 13 balls before stumps. South Africa, however, have also suffered a blow as fast bowler Wayne Parnell complained of shortness of breath on Sunday and is still in the hospital under observation and for tests. He bowled only two overs in India's first innings.

India ended up batting twice on the third day after they resumed at 145 for 6 in reply to South Africa's 341. Ambati Rayudu added only 15 to his overnight score of 14 before he became offspinner Simon Harmer's third wicket. The tail could not survive for too long either, the remaining three wickets fell within nine runs when Ishwar Pandey and Siddarth Kaul were out for ducks. Parvez Rasool's unbeaten 32, however, ensured India crossed the 200-run mark. After disappointing figures of 1 for 155 in the previous match, Harmer finished with 4 for 74 and left-arm pacer Beuran Hendricks bagged his eighth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket to give South Africa an important 140-run lead.

The hosts added to India's miseries when openers Reeza Hendricks and Dean Elgar put on 53, even though they scored at less than two runs per over, crossing the 50-run mark in the 26th over. Reeza and Rilee Rossouw fell to left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem in successive overs. Nadeem had Reeza caught at slip by Dinesh Karthik for 20 and Rossouw was bowled for a four-ball duck. Elgar, along with Temba Bavuma, took South Africa past 100 before Rasool bowled Elgar for 62. Justing Ontong, captain of the South Africa side, elevated their run rate with a quick 35 off 32, which included four fours and a six. South Africa declared shortly after losing Bavuma and Ontong within two overs with their lead more than 300.

India's hopes of ending the day unscathed were dashed by Beuran who got rid of Vijay in his first over, even before India had scored their first run. Nadeem came in as nightwatchman at No. 3 and survived seven deliveries. India now need another 304 runs to win the series 2-0, and South Africa nine wickets to draw level.

Beuran was confident of maintaining the pressure on India on a deteriorating fourth-day pitch. "We are slightly ahead of them so we are quite confident of finishing the job tomorrow," he said. "We have to take the momentum we created today and push it on tomorrow. Simon [Harmer] is going to come into the game perfectly and, with a deteriorating day four pitch, it is going to be an interesting day."

Beuran had a tough time of it in the unofficial Tests against Australia A earlier this month, where, save for one burst where he ran through the middle order to claim a five-for, he had figures of 1 for 213 in three innings. The difference, he said, was in his approach: "The difference is that against Australia A, I played more against the names in that team, that was my downfall. Here, I played against the batsmen, not the names."

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  • rajesh on August 27, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    guys relax dont compare A matches to international matches,,because before austalia tour same discussion done by peoples & vijay proved lets see for few more matches then we can judge where he is capble or not,,as of now he is good test opener lets see how he play next 1 or 2 serious,,,tecnic & timing is not big issue for todays cricket,,no one know dravid becomes wall, & dhoni in odis he came with BOOM BOOM batsman ,but now com & composed & gretest finishers of all time,,what my opinion is any one dont no what he scores wait for few matches

  • Ramya on August 27, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @venkatindian - Ashwin played just 3 of the 4 tests in Aus.

    This series was a prep for the one against the Saffas later this yr, so lets not take too much on this loss nor laud too much on the win in the prev match. Raina, R.Sharma, Rahane & I.Pandey have presented a strong case here.

    I am sure the selectors will give DK the nod over Saha even though he performed in this match. We need to wait and watch wht the others do in the next 3 months to stake a claim in the test squad. A drop of form in the upcoming one-dayers cannot help. Let's hope that the best Ind team reaches the shores of SA later this year.

  • Ramya on August 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    @gsingh - Ashwin has played only 3 tests outside India and I cant believe that u r rating him a mediocre bowler based on his performance in Aus when the so called spearheads of the Indian pace attack (who are by the way still in the team) faltered!

    Pujara didnt score well in his performances in SA last time (u cant say he is unknown outside of Ind) - would u rate him an ordinary player bcoz of one series?! I wont - i think he is class. Ashwin didnt do well against the English but he made the changes that was reqd and came back strong against the Aussies - do remind u he was the man of the series! That is the mark of a class player.

    Ashwin will not lose his place in the XI - he is our front line spinner and will remain to be till someone bowls extra-ordinary on his own! By this I mean - SRJ bowls well only when MSD is around bcoz he is unsure abt field placements.

    I am completely annoyed by regional bias and references here! Appreciate where they deserve and criticize where needed.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    BE Hendricks(who is a Left-arm fast swing and seem bowler) and Simon Harmer(who is a Right arm off-break bowler) showed the south Africa International player likes the Kyle-Abbott who took just two wickets where as BE Hendricks took 11 wicket's and Simon Harmer who as a Off-break bowler a dire necessity at the moment for south Africa in the Test match's a Quality Off-spinner so, these two bowler BE Hendricks and Simon Harmer could be used in the U.A.E match's.BE Hendricks especially took 11 wicket's in a Test match and didn't let India A batsmen settle on the wicket's and in the End with the bowling of these two fast bowler who are the alone wicket's taker's for South Africa A against India A in the second UN-official Test match.Both these two players should be very fastly inducted into south african international side.So, my suggestion for captain Smith,O.D.I captain AB devellier's,Faf du-plasis and coach Russell Domingo is to get these two player's very quickly into South Africa.

  • Joydeep on August 27, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Quite a dampener I would say, after two/three weeks of good cricket by the Indian contingent. Well, to see the positive side of this defeat, the players will be guarded against complacency for the upcoming tour to South Africa. One thing is for sure, India cannot complain unfamiliarity anymore with South African conditions, though I am sure the pitches will be starkly different from what we have seen now. JM.

  • Naresh on August 27, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Fans will be a bit disappointed with this loss, but its okay and not the end of the world. The team chosen for this game was a bit unbalanced when compared to the first. A few positives emerged in that we now know that Karthik, Vijay, Rayudu, Rasool, Nadeem are good but not exceptional. They were chosen by the selectors to see where they fit. Rahane and Saha - played well and the whole team failed in the Ist innings. I still see Rahane/Saha warming the benches. Lets see how the others in the A -team playing in India tomorrow perform. I hope others like Gambhir and Yuvraj put some good performances so that they can be counted. The other two recent players are ZOL and Lokesh Rahul - but these guys need to play more to be considered.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    @vyas sanzgiri: Look at the first innings, champ. Two five wicket hauls in the match is worth a mention, don't you think?

  • parthi on August 27, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    @gsingh7 Ashwin played 4 test in australia in which he bagged 10 wickets most among the spinners in both the teams in that particular series. Am not saying it is the best performance, but in seaming conditions it is the job of the seam bowlers to take responsibility not the spinners. N also it was his first tour let give him some more chance in overseas and decide abt him. One bad series in india u r saying he was outbowled. Pls give them some time. After some failure if u want to drop a person then rohit wouldn't have been there now. And also pujara played 2 test matches n sa where he failed, but one bad series can't decide the batsman technique.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    India_A'a 2nd innings; If you take out just ONE partnership of 160 (Rahane & Saha), the total innings was worth 25 runs. JUST 25 RUNS: contribution of everyone else put together! Wow!

    The only gains are Saha & Rahane. (Pujara's perennial bad luck continues)

    Total write-off is Binny.

    Would like to see Vijay's overseas performance. Anyone has? Pl don't flaunt his score within India. Our next overseas assignment is South Africa.

    I won't be surprised to see the S A pacer Hendricks in the S A team to face India. In addition to his real worth, it also gives a psychological edge to South Africa.

  • Sachin on August 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    So the squad for South Africa down this year will be as follows: Dhoni, Vijay, Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rahane, Saha, Jadeja, Ashwin, Zaheer, Ishant, Umesh, Bhuvaneshwar, Ishwar, Shami, Raina.

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