Youngster Marco Jansen produced a fine all-round performance for South Africa A against India A on day two of the second unofficial Test to keep the home side in front by 99 runs at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.
After resuming the day on 233 / 7 with Jansen and Lutho Sipamla (3*) at the crease, the SA A side managed to add 64 runs on their overnight score with Jansen leading the charge, bringing up his fifth First-Class half-century to help the hosts to 297 all out, helped by the last batter-in, Glenton Stuurman (27).
The tall Gbets Warriors all-rounder raised his bat for an unbeaten 70* off 123 runs to end as the standout batter for his side, while Ishan Porel (3 – 49) and Navdeep Saini (3 – 67) were the protagonists with the ball for India A, picking up three scalps each.
In reply, the visitors made a positive start, with their openers Prithvi Shaw (42) and Priyank Panchal (24) combining for a first-wicket, 50-run stand before Stuurman struck gold in the 12th over, taking two wickets in as many balls to leave the away side on 57 / 2.
Despite going on to lose Shaw and Baba Aparajith (0) in a relatively short amount of time, Hanuma Vihari (45*) and wicket-keeper batter, Ishan Kishan (49) helped India A regain their composure at the crease, adding 78 runs for the fifth wicket.
That stand was followed by another important partnership for the subcontinent outfit, with Vihari playing the anchoring role while his partner Sarfaraz Khan (30*) was the aggressor as India A reached stumps on 198 / 5, still 99 runs behind.
Jansen picked up the last two wickets to fall on the day, adding figures of 2 / 20 to his impressive display with the bat.