Mohammed Siraj stars in India A’s resounding victory over South Africa A

first_imgMohammed Siraj bagged 10 wickets in the match as India ‘A’ crushed South Africa ‘A’ by an innings and 30 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match unofficial Test series in Bengaluru.This was Siraj’s first-ever 10-wicket haul in a first-class cricket. He bagged 5/56 in the first innings and then got 5/73 in the second essay to help the hosts bowl the visitors out for 308 in the second innings and lose the match by a huge margin.South Africa began Day 4 of the un-official Test on 99/4, trailing by 239 runs.Zubayr Hamza and Rudi Second resumed the day’s play for South Africa and stuck in there for a while before Rajneesh Gurbani got Hamza for 63 to strike the first blow. Following that, Rudi and Shaun von Berg stuck in there and put on a gritty stand of 119 runs for the sixth wicket and it was looking like the pair will somehow eke out a draw but Gurbani had other plans. The Gujarat pacer returned and got the better of Von Berg, who held out ot Ravikumar Samarth just after completing his fifty.Following Von Berg’s departure, Rudi was on his own to wage a lone war and found some decent support from Dane Piedt and Malusi Siboto but he ultimately fell for a fighting 214-ball 94 to Yuzvendra Chahal, with South Africa A’s score at 286/8. Siboto (7* off 50 balls) and Beuran Hendricks (10 off 29 balls) did show some resistance but Axar Patel got Hendricks’ wicket, when he nicked one behind to wicket-keeper Srikar Bharat.Siraj, who had taken the first four wickets of the innings, then came and extracted an edge of South Africa’s No.11 Duanne Olivier, which went straight to Bharat to end his 14-ball stay at the crease and complete his five-for and win the match for India ‘A’.advertisement Mayank Agarwal scored 220 off 251 balls for India ‘A’ in their first innings (BCCI Photo)The match has been a positive one for the Indians as Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw got big hundreds in India A’s first innings, where they scored 584/8. Hanuma Vihari also made 54 off 108 balls with three boundaries while Bharat scored 64 off 77 balls with five fours and four sixes as India posted a big total in their first innings.However, Agarwal will be disappointed that he couldn’t continue his good form and get more runs as he fell without adding a single run to his overnight 220 on Day 3. He was adjudged leg before off the very first ball he faced from Hendricks.Trailing by 338 runs, South Africa-A lost three wickets under nine overs in their second innings against Siraj, who had taken a five-wicket haul in the second innings.Openers Sarel Erwee and Pieter Malan were snapped up by Siraj for three and zero.The pacer once again struck by sending off captain Khaya Zondo, who failed to open his account.However, Hamza and Senuran Muthusamy did well in the last session to take the total to 92 for four. The duo added 86 crucial runs for the fourth wicket.Thereafter, Muthusamy was snapped up by Vihari off Siraj, giving him his fourth wicket of the innings as Day 3 came to and end.The second unofficial Test match starts from August 10 at the same venue.last_img

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