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As it happened, India A vs South Africa A 2nd unofficial Test, Day 4


Cricketnext Staff
Aug 27, 2013 at 08:02pm IST

Catch the Live Updates from day four of the second unofficial Test between India A and South Africa A in Pretoria.

India A second innings:

It's all over. After losing their first five wickets for just 18 runs, India A lost the remaining five for just seven, losing the contest by 121 runs. Last man to depart was Siddarth Kaul, who became the third victim of offspinner Simon Harmer.

As it happened, India A vs South Africa A 2nd unofficial Test, Day 4

Hendricks got eleven wickets in the match, while Harmer got seven as India A lost to South Africa A by 121 runs in Pretoria.

End of over 65: Three more India A wickets fell in quick succession as they stared at defeat. Stuart Binny (4) failed yet again, going down to offspinner Harmer, while Parvez Rasool (1) was trapped leg before by Hendricks, who got his sixth wicket of the second innings. Harmer struck again, cleaning up Ishwar Pandey (0). India A 185 for 9

End of over 62: Beuran Hendricks was brought back into the attack and he got an immediate reward, getting his fifth wicket of the second innings, bowling Ajinkya Rahane for 86. Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha (76*) shared 160 runs for the sixth wicket and helped India recover from a precarious 18 for 5. India A 183 for 6

End of over 56: Rahane drove offspinner Simon Harmer through long-off for four while Saha fine swept the same bowler for a boundary as the two batsmen continued the good work. Saha fine swept again, this time to medium-pacer Andrew Birch, as India moved closer to the 200 mark. India 173 for 5

End of over 47: After Rahane, Saha too got to his fifty. Considering the situation that India A had been at one stage - 18 for 5 - this could be one of the best first-class innings that the two Indian batsmen would have played so far. India A were still far off from the winning total of 307, but the stand between Saha and Rahane had given the tourists at least some hope of saving the match. India A 146 for 5

End of over 38: Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha both scored a boundary each after lunch as India A continued their recovery after being five down for 18. Both smashed pacer Kyle Abbott to the long on fence. India A 115 for 5.

End of over 31: Ajinkya Rahane scored a half-century, while Wriddhiman Saha approached his fifty as India A reached 97 for 5 at lunch. Both the batsmen played with lot of grit, especially as they lost five wickets for just 18 on the board. India A 97 for 5

End of over 22: Ajinkya Rahane stroked the ball well as he moved to 32 off 51 balls, including five boundaries. He had been accompanied by Wriddhiman Saha, who is batting on 7 off 43. India 51 for 5

End of over 10: What's happening to the India A batting here? They are falling like a pack of cards. After Pujara's departure in the very first over, nightwatchman Shahbaz Nadeem (5) and Dinesh Karthik (0) were dismissed in the same over of Beuran Hendricks, who followed it up with another wicket of Ambati Rayudu (1) in his next over. Exemplary bowling by Hendricks who has now got four wickets in the second innings to go with five in the first. India A 20 for 5

End of over 5: India got off to the a bad start, losing captain Cheteshwar Pujara, who was run out for 2. The visitors had lost Murali Vijay for a duck on Monday. India A 4 for 2

Cheteshwar Pujara (2*) and nightwatchman Shahbaz Nadeem (0*) set to resume India's chase on day four.

Day 3 Roundup:

India A were on Monday set a stiff target of scoring 307 runs to win the second and final unofficial Test after South Africa A declared their second innings at 166 for 5 on the third and penultimate day.

At stumps on day three, India A were 3 for 1 from the four overs they faced in their second innings, needing 304 more runs to win the Test with nine wickets in hand. India A need to at least draw the game to win the two-match series as they had won the first Test.

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