Abhimanyu Easwaran gathered a hundred strong, but skipper Priyank Panchal missed four races as he reached the 308 against India A South Africa Arena before the bad light forced him to play in the first unofficial test on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Easwaran scored 103,209 balls and hit 16 steals in the middle of his stay. Immediately after getting the three-figure mark, Lutho Sipamla dismissed the medium ball.
Panchal made 96 runs by falling against the spinning of George Linde’s left arm. India A skipper found the fence 14 times on Thursday in a 171-ball blow to the Mangaung Oval.
Responding to the first inning of the South African A’s 509 of the seven declared seven in the day for a 125, the Indians went well with the Panchal and Easwaran pair running 142 for the second wicket.
Prithvi Shaw made 48 45 fast balls in the third inning.
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Trying to regain his place in the Indian Test team after losing his two-match selection against New Zealand, Hanuma Vihari, however, came out after eyeballs, managing 53 balls to 25 before becoming Linde’s second victim. .
When the stumps were drawn there were almost 30 overs left to bowl on the day, Baba Aparajith and Wicketkeeper Upendra Yadav were batting 19 and 5 respectively.
Despite heavy blows from Easwaran and Panchal, the visitors still ran 201 runs for the South Africans by the end of the match.
Sipamla and Linde were the successful South African bowlers, each returning two wickets.
Short scores: South Africa A: Declared overseas for 509 7 for 135.3 (Pieter Malan 163, Tony de Zorzi 117; Navdeep Saini 2/67, Arzan Nagwaswalla 2/75).
India A: 308 4 for 93.1 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 103, Priyank Panchal 96, Prithvi Shaw 48)