India A vs SA A Match Highlights:
- India won by an innings and 30 runs
- India made 584-8 in their first innings
- SA could only manage 246 and 308 in reply
- Siraj took 10 wickets for India
A one sided match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore between India A vs SA A went India A’s side by an innings and 30 runs on Wednesday. The day was all about Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj who blew through the South African ranks to hand India a massive victory. Trailing India by a massive 338 runs in the second innings, South Africa could manage only 308 in reply to hand India an impressive victory.
After India’s batting exploits in the first innings had seen them put a huge lead between themselves and their visitors, it was all down to the bowlers to repeat their exploits of the first innings and seal the match for India. Going into the final day of the test at 99-4, the South African batsmen provided stiff resistance to the Indians before Siraj blasted past them to end all their hopes of saving the match.
The Proteas faced an early setback on Day 5 after the set Hamza was sent back for 63 by Gurbani. At 121-5, it looked as if it would be a repeat of the first innings for South Africa. However Rudi Second and Shaun Von Berg decided it was high time to defend their country’s pride. The two stuck together and grinded out a partnership of 119 runs for the sixth wicket that reduced India’s chances of a win with every second. Rudi was a class above the rest of his partners as he played a magnificent innings of 94 which was accompanied to perfection by Berg’s 50.
With dreams of a victory ebbing away and the overs slowing reducing in the day, Gurbani struck for the second time on the day to remove Berg. That broke SA A’s resilience and it took only a further 12 overs for India to get the remaining 4 wickets. Siraj who had ended with figures of 5-56, notched up figures of 5-73 in the second innings to take his maiden ten wicket haul for India A in a performance that ensured his side ruled the roost over the Africans.
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