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Rain of centuries by the India A batsmen – 1st unofficial Test vs. South Africa A

Zia Rana August 18, 2013

South Africa A 1-20 (Reeza Hendricks 10, Dean Elgar 9*, Jaydev Unadkat 1-12) trails India A 9-582 declared (Cheteshwar Pujara 137, Suresh Raina 135, Rohit Sharma 119, Jean-Paul Duminy 3-80, Wayne Parnell 3-89) by 562 runs.

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina plundered centuries on the 2nd day of the 1st unofficial Test vs. South Africa A as the home bowlers were unable to perform well.

India A plundered 582 runs with one wicket still in hand at the end of the 163rd over when their innings was declared and South Africa A scored 20 for the loss of one wicket in 9 overs.

The second day of the first Unofficial Test came to an end on Sunday, August 18, 2013, at Olympia Park, Rustenburg.

Earlier, the visitors commenced the day at 3-281 in 90 overs whereas Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina were at the crease with 70 and 11 runs respectively. The progress was too slow as they scored just one run in the first eight overs with seven maidens. The duo opened up in the 99th over when Sharma hit the first six of the day followed by two back to back fours by Raina. The run rate was picked up after that while Rohit Sharma smashed his 16th First class century with a four. Suresh Raina went past his fifty in the 116th over and the total was enhanced to 376.

Suresh Raina - Top scorer of the day with 135 runs

Suresh Raina – Top scorer of the day with 135 runs

The fourth wicket partnership contributed 106 runs as Rohit Sharma lost his wicket for 119 off 257 balls with 2 lofty sixes and 14 fours. Ajinkya Rahane walked in next whereas Raina continued with his solid batting at the other end. They took the score to 412 when Rahane was gone for just 10 runs and India A was 6-418 after 134.1 overs. Ishwar Pandey joined in next with Raina who blasted his 12th First class hundred with another boundary. Pandey hit the first six of his innings in the 142nd over while Raina accumulated 19 runs in the next one with 2 big sixes and 1 four.

Suresh Raina was finally clean bowled by Wayne Parnell for 135 off 177 deliveries with the assistance of 3 mighty sixes and 14 fours. The wicket was lost at 497, Ishant Pandey became the next victim three runs later for 35 and another wicket fell at the same score. Jaydev Unadkat and Shahbaz Nadeem associated next for the last wicket and found it easy to score the boundaries at regular intervals. Unadkat and Shahbaz Nadeem secured their ends with 31 and 49, they enhanced the score to 582 in 163 overs when their skipper, Cheteshwar Pujara, declared the first innings.

Wayne Parnell and Jean-Paul Duminy were the top wicket takers with three wickets each whereas Andrew Birch, Simon Harmer and Dean Elgar chipped in with one wicket each.

South Africa A lost their first wicket at 18 runs when Simon Harmer got together with Dean Elgar. They saw off the last few overs and were in the center with 9 and 1 runs as the hosts reached 1-20 in 9 overs.

India A is in a commanding position while having a mammoth lead of 562 runs and will anticipate a big lead in the first innings vs. South Africa A.

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