SA A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, Pretoria, 4th day August 27, 2013

Hendricks stars again as SA A square series

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South Africa A 341 (Harmer 96, Parnell 91) & 166 for 5 dec (Elgar 62, Nadeem 3-56) beat India A 201 (Pujara 54, Hendricks 5-36, Harmer 4-74) and 185 (Rahane 86, Saha 77*, B Hendricks 6-27) by 121 runs
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Beuran Hendricks' maiden first-class ten-wicket haul helped South Africa A seal a comfortable 121-run win in the second unofficial Test against India A in Pretoria and square the two-match series. Hendricks ran through India's top order to leave them in tatters at 18 for 5 by the 10th over. The target of 307 appeared beyond the horizon for India at that stage, though Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha hit half-centuries to give the visitors an outside chance.

It was Hendricks' match all through, however. He had picked up five wickets in the first innings and had removed M Vijay in his first over of the second innings on day three, and there was no let-off for India's batsmen on the last day. Hendricks struck on his seventh ball of the day to dismiss Shahbaz Nadeem, the nightwatchman, and followed it up with the wicket of Dinesh Karthik two balls later. Ambati Rayudu became Hendricks' ninth victim when he edged one to the wicketkeeper next over. That India lost their best batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, to a run-out off the first ball of the day meant that the visitors had all but squandered the chase.

Rahane and Saha redeemed the situation to some extent for India with a strong sixth-wicket stand of 160. The mammoth partnership was, however, bookended by two collapses, as none of the other batsmen were able to get into double-digit scores. The two batsmen took different approaches when they came together; Rahane did the bulk of the scoring, while Saha held on to his end. He was on 14 off 57 balls when Rahane reached his half-century off 67 deliveries. But Saha soon found relative fluency, driving two deliveries off a Simon Harmer over to the boundary. The partnership was about grind though - they reached the hundred off their partnership off 180 deliveries.

It was Hendricks again who got past the defences of Rahane to trigger the second collapse as the last five wickets fell for eight runs. Harmer, who had picked up four wickets in the first innings, added three more to his tally towards the end.

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  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    So the unofficial test series ends in a tie & deservedly so as both the sides fought tooth & nail. In the end plenty of positives on both sides especially bowling dept given the nature of tracks. As for india, the senior tour is due later this year & many of the 'A' team players will be featuring in the senior side. Selectors will have plenty of options in batting dept, esp middle order. Opening slots will b the key with no one solid insight at the moment. Lets see who the selectors back.

  • Garreth on August 28, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Well said Balaji Kumar. We need more people posting comments the way you do. Fair and balanced. Very nice. Congrats to IndiaA on some strong performances. I noticed a lot of the guys chosen are already in the Indian side so it was a smart move on the BCCIs part to bring them to SA to get used to conditions. But I'm afraid to say conditions are very different in our summer and Steyn and co are a whole different kettle of fish. Nevertheless I expect India to put on a good show and stiff challenge. SA will have to play well to take the series. A bit concerned about our batting resources. Only Elgar and to an extent, Roussouw stepped up in the 4 4 day matches against India and Aus. Bowling I'm not concerned about. Lots of talent there and no need to worry about Abbott who will be back to his best when the summer season begins. Hendricks is a wonderful prospect. Left armer who can swing it on dead pitches. *cough* Wasim anyone? ;)

  • Praveen on August 28, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Doors almost shut for M Vijay and DK. Jinx,Rohit and Saha will break into the squad. Good loss though. Well played Saffas... I just noticed there is another India A team playing the Kiwis A team somewhere in Asia.. Funny stuff... So many A teams for a country these days..

  • mahesh on August 28, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    @samroy did you follow the ranji season of last few years?

  • jayaesh on August 28, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Well done Proteas A side , well Indian cricket golden streak had to end somewhere, it all started with senior side beating Aussies 4-0, then going on to win CT in England followed by win in triseries in Windies, then u-19 boys won the triseries in Australia and then they beat Sri Lankans, u-23 team won the emerging trophy in Singapore , while A team won the triseries and then the first test..

    Batting stocks of India looks just fine illustrating the fact that Indians love there batting , however bowling is a concern , Nadeem is a terrific short format bowler but not a longer format spinner , Rasool is not a big spinner of the ball more of an allrounder , even u-23 team had batters who could bowl a few overs who were among the wickets. i have been reliably told that among the u 19s there are couple of quick seamers and two spinners who actually give it a rip, a left arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in particular, but until i see them in action will reserve my judgement for later.

  • Manesh on August 28, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee. Hope you will remember the last SL tour. also, do you remember the A team odi series just before this? A complimentary win for SA-A.

  • Sandip on August 28, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Well deserved win for Proteas A side!! They achieved almost they desired. Their batting woos on sub-continent like pitches had been matter of the discussions. They really made progress in regard this. Their 1st & 2nd innings lasted for 121 & 66 Overs (with unfinished half a side) speak about their resilience. IND fielded their bench players of the tour in this match leaving out 5 best players. Players like DK, Rayudu & Vijay had excellent opportunities to show their mental & skilful toughness here which they wasted. IND couldn't last long more than 66 overs in both innings tells the true story as against Proteas who played twice than them. Rahane showed here why he had FC average 60+. He along with Saha played 50 overs in 2nd inning. He was good in 1st inning too. IND's 2nd inning problem was once again exposed. This tour helped IND to choose probable players for the future filtered out Binny, Kaul, Dk, Vijay, Rayudu & Rasool. The last 4 players must be part of A side in the future.

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Is it so difficult for Indians to give credit where it is due????

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara has proved himself to be only a Test Batsmam- not a limited over Player or a leader. His bowling changes left a lot to be desired. Even th team selection was faulty. In the second match, all the Indian batsmen were right handed to whom the left arm pace bowler, Hendricks was a handful, especially with the ball coming in between bat and pad. At least one of the left handers, Raina or Dhawan both of who handled Hendricks with ease in the first match should have played.

  • Black on August 28, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    just an off day for india's 5th 11. i can see the whitewash of south africa. all big guns of saffers are medicore now a days. dhawan will rip them apart, and jadeja will destroy with torrid of luck india.