SA A declare with huge total before India A begin fightback in Bloem
SA A posted an emphatic first innings total, declaring at 509 before India A closed out day two of the opening four-day match on 125/1 at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, still trailing by 384 runs.
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Resuming play on 343/3 with in-form batters Pieter Malan (163) and Jason Smith (52) at the crease, the SA A side lost two quick wickets in the morning after adding seven runs to the overnight score, with Malan and Smith falling to Navdeep Saini (2-67) and Arzan Nagwaswalla (2-75) respectively.
Sinethemba Qeshile (82* off 112; 10 fours, two sixes) and George Linde (51 off 80; 9 fours) continued where their predecessors left off, combining well for a 102-run partnership for the sixth wicket before SA A declared on 509/7.
Tasked with an uphill battle in their first innings response, the subcontinent visitors began brightly out in the middle, recording 80 runs for the opening stand before Lutho Sipamla (1-28) removed Prithvi Shaw (48).
Captain Priyank Panchal (45*), alongside Abhimanyu Easwaran (27*) guided India A to within 384 runs of their opponent’s first innings score at stumps, with two days left to play.