INDIA A TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2021
Porel picked up a couple of wickets as SA A finished the day at 116/5. © Getty
Late strikes by India A, before bad light and rain brought an early end to the third day’s play, limited South Africa A’s charge in their second essay to 116 for 5. Ishan Porel struck twice, while Baba Aparajith bagged a wicket and effected a run out to trigger the hosts’ collapse from 98 from 1 to 115 for 5 at Mangaung Oval, in Bloemfontein, on Thursday (December 2).
Earlier in the day, India lost overnight batter Hanuma Vihari early, soon after he registered a half-century. However, Sarfaraz Khan’s stroke-filled unbeaten 71 – which included eight boundaries and two sixes – helped the visitors close in on South Africa’s first innings score of 297.
It began with a counter-attacking seventh wicket partnership between him and Saurabh Kumar as they picked 41 runs in 37 balls before the latter was dismissed by Glenton Stuurman, who later also dismissed Navdeep Saini to return a four-fer. Even as the lower order didn’t contribute much to India’s score, Sarfaraz’s efforts helped India reach 276 before getting bundled out.
South Africa, on the other hand, made a strong start to their innings, with openers Sarel Erwee and Pieter Malan stitching a 69-run stand. Erwee, who was the more aggressive of the two, fell nine short of a fifty, but the skipper continued to keep South Africa’s charge strong with another steady partnership in the company of Raynard van Tonder – who too was aggressive with his approach.
However, once Malan was run out on 31, South Africa’s innings fell apart. The rest of the line up followed the captain back to the pavilion in quick succession, as they finished only 137 runs ahead of India at stumps.
Brief Scores: South Africa A 297 & 115/5 (Sarel Erwee 41, Raynard van Tonder 33; Ishan Porel 2-17) lead India A 276 (Sarfaraz Khan 71*, Hanuma Vihari 54; Glenton Stuurman 4-48, Marco Jansen 3-44) by 137 runs