South Africa A and India A will clash against each other in the second unofficial Test at Willowmoore Park in Benoni, starting on December 26, Tuesday.
Moving into the details of the first game, South Africa A batted first and racked up a total of 319 runs in 98.1 overs, thanks to Jean du Plessis’ 106-run knock and Rubin Hermann’s 95. Prasidh Krishna bagged a five-wicket haul for India A in the first innings with Saurabh Kumar supporting him with a three-fer.
In response, India A posted a dominating total of 417 runs in 86.5 overs. No.3 batter Prasodh Paul top-scored with 163 runs off 209 balls with 23 fours and one six. Sarfaraz Khan (68) and Shardul Thakur *76) chipped in with crucial runs. Evan Jones bagged a four-fer for SA-A with Siya Plaatjie picking up a three-fer.
In the third innings, South Africa A ended at 152/2 in 42 overs before the game concluded in a draw. Yaseen Valli, the opening batter, was the highest-scorer of the innings with 72 runs with Jean du Plessis continuing his good form, smacking 50
Shifting our focus to the second game, India A skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran may not be part of the game as he’s named as Ruturaj Gaikwad’s replacement in the Test series. Additionally, pacer Harshit Rana has been ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury. Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, and Rinku Singh have been added to the squad with Kuldeep Yadav released.