Iyer, the man in form, is still batting at 56 off 74 balls. © Joshua Veernathan

Well begun is half-done and that’s where things stand for India A on the second day of the four-day game against South Africa A in Pretoria.

After bowling the hosts out for 322, India reached 181 for 3, with Shreyas Iyer on 56 off 74 balls.

In the morning, Omphile Ramele (51) and Shaun von Berg (38) ensured South Africa got past 300, but Shahbaz Nadeem mopped up the tail shortly thereafter.

India’s top order then kept the bowlers at bay, R Samarth making 77 and Sudip Chatterjee chipping in with 46. Iyer hit five four and three sixes, but Karun Nair, the captain, provided a stark contrast. He took 35 balls to get off the mark before getting out the very next ball.

Nair’s strike-rate — 2.77 — didn’t paint a pretty picture, but the bigger picture for India was that Iyer, the man in form, is still batting.

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