South Africa A posted an emphatic first innings total, declaring after surpassing the 500-run mark before India A closed out day two of their opening four-day encounter on 125/1 at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, still trailing by 384 runs
Resuming play on 343/3 with in-form batters, Pieter Malan (163) and Jason Smith (52) at the crease, the South African side lost two quick wickets in the morning after adding seven runs to the overnight score with both men falling to Navdeep Saini (2-67) and Arzan Nagwaswalla (2-75) respectively.
Sinethemba Qeshile and George Linde (51 off 80 balls with 9 fours) continued where their predecessors left off at the crease, combining well for a 102-run partnership for the sixth wicket as Qeshile remained unbeaten on an impressive 82 off 112 balls (10 fours, 2 sixes) as 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.
Day three of the first unofficial test between SA A and India A takes place on Thursday, 25 November with the action starting at 10:00.