India A in sight of a victory – 1st unofficial Test vs. South Africa A

South Africa A 9-312 (Jean Paul Duminy 84, Rilee Rossouw 57, Ishwar Pandey 4-40) trails India A 9-582 declared (Cheteshwar Pujara 137, Suresh Raina 135, Rohit Sharma 119, Jean-Paul Duminy 3-80) by 270 runs.

India A bowlers had an excellent day in the field as they restricted the hosts South Africa A within limits besides a solid knock from Jean-Paul Duminy.

India A hammered 582 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their first innings which was declared after 163 overs and the home side scored 9-312 in 98.3 overs.

The third day of the first unofficial Test came to an end on Monday, August 19, 2013, at Olympia Park, Rustenburg.

Earlier, the home side started the day at 1-20 in 9 overs whereas Dean Elgar and Simon harmer were batting at 9 and 1 runs. Elgar was declared leg before wicket off Mohammed Shami for 11 in the third over of the day and was replaced by Rilee Rossouw. The latter hit 3 fours in the following overs and Harmer got his first boundary in the 20th over. Rossouw was the most aggressive of the two and dispatched another 2 lofty sixes and even fours as the total touched 94 in 26.4 overs. Harmer was caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Ishwar Pandey for 22 at that point and Jean-Paul-Duminy appeared on the scene next.

Ishwar Pandey - Excellent bowling
Ishwar Pandey – Excellent bowling

Rilee Rossouw achieved his 20th First- class fifty and became the next victim at 116 after contributing 57 off 64 balls with 2 big sixes and 8 fours. The incoming batsman, Temba Bavuma, could not open his account and the hosts were reeling at 5-119 in 35.3 overs. Justin Ontong joined in next with Duminy and kept the score board ticking but added just one boundary until the 51th over. Ontong hit 3 fours in the next one whereas his partner was unable to send the ball out of the rope even once until the 113th ball he faced.

They took the score to 194 when Justin Ontong was gone for 47 off 82 deliveries with 7 fours. Thami Tsolekile associated with Duminy next and they kept on enhancing the score while the first was hitting the boundaries at regular intervals. The latter attained his 26th First-class fifty in the 81st over with a four and pushed up the scoring rate after that along with Tsolekile. Ishwar Pandey struck twice in the 91st over on the consecutive balls while removing Thami Tsolekile for 47 off 75 with 6 fours and Wayne Parnell was caught and bowled for a duck.

The eighth wicket fell at 280 as Kyle Abbot took guards while Duminy was doing fine at his end. The score went past the 300 runs mark in the 96th over and Jean-Paul Duminy was caught behind by Saha off Suresh Raina for 84 off 222 balls with 9 fours. Abbott remained unbeaten as South Africa A managed 312 with one wicket remaining in 98.3 overs.

Ishwar Pandey was the most successful bowler with four wickets, Suresh Raina held two whereas Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Shami and Shahbaz Nadeem shared one wicket each.

India A has gained a first innings lead of 270 runs and they are anticipating a win against South Africa A on the fourth and last day of the encounter.


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