India 'A' batters in the runs on weather-interrupted day

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While weather was a deciding factor on day three, the India 'A' batters still made serious inroads into their first innings deficit against South Africa 'A' in two sides' first of three four-day matches hosted at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.

Overnight batters Abhimanyu Easwaran and his skipper Priyank Panchal began where they left off on day two, as the pair continued their dominance at the crease, in favourable conditions, to add 142 runs for the second wicket to keep the visiting side in the game.

Panchal eventually fell to spinner George Linde (2 – 32) for a well-played 96 off 171 balls (14 fours), while Easwaran went a step further to bring up a deserved century, scoring 103 off 209 deliveries (16 fours) before the right-hander became Lutho Sipamla’s (2 – 73) second scalp of the innings.

Although India A lost Hanuma Vihari (25), Bab Aparajith (19*) and wicket-keeper batter Upendra Yadav (5*) navigated their side to stumps on 308 / 4, still 201 runs behind with one day remaining. 

The action concludes on Friday, 26 November, with the second unofficial Test scheduled to start a day earlier on Tuesday, 30 November.

India A Tour to South Africa 

Latest Score:

India A trail South Africa A by 201 runs

South Africa A: 509 / 7 dec

India A: 308 / 4 after 93.1 overs; A. Easwaran 103 (209), P. Panchal 96 (171); George Linde 2 – 32 L. Sipamla 2 - 78

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