R Samarth and Shreyas Iyer struck half-centuries to keep the South Africa A bowlers at bay after India A bowled them out for 322 on the second day of the second four-day game on Sunday (August 20).
At stumps at Groenkloof Stadium in Pretoria, India were 181 for 3, trailing South Africa by 141 runs. Iyer remained unbeaten on 56 off 74 balls, with five fours and three sixes.
Samarth, who replaced Abhinav Mukund after the Tamil Nadu opener was named in the Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, struck 13 boundaries in his 111-ball 77 and was well supported by Sudip Chatterjee (46 off 96 balls). The opening duo added 106 runs before Chatterjee was castled by Dane Piedt, the offspinner. Dane Paterson, the medium pacer, trapped Samarth in front soon after.
But Iyer, coming in at No. 3, was his usual aggressive self, bringing up his fifty in 60 balls. In contrast, Karun Nair, the captain, had a painful stay at the crease, taking 35 balls to open his account. It was all for naught as he was dismissed off the very next delivery he faced, bowled by Shaun von Berg, the legspinner, in the last over of the day.
South Africa resumed in the morning on 258 for 5, but were rocked early. Andile Phehlukwayo (15) was dismissed without adding a single run to his overnight score, nicking a Navdeep Saini delivery to Ishan Kishan, the wicketkeeper.
However, Von Berg (38 off 95 balls) added 41 runs for the seventh wicket with Omphile Ramele to take his side past 300.
Ramele, batting on 39 overnight, made 51 off 179 balls before he was cleaned up by Ankit Rajpoot while Saini returned to trap von Berg lbw to finish with 3 for 66. Shahbaz Nadeem then picked up two wickets to clean up the tail to end with figures of 4 for 118.
South Africa lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first game by 235 runs.