Simon Harmer starred with an all-round effort and Beuran Hendricks dismissed the top three batsmen to leave India 'A' reeling at the end of the second day's play in the second 'unofficial' Test at the LC de Villiers Oval in Pretoria on Sunday.
At stumps on the second day, India 'A' were struggling at 145 for 6 in reply to the hosts' first innings total of 341.
Ambati Rayudu (14*) and Parvez Rasool, who is yet to get off the mark, will look to get India 'A' as far as close to the hosts' first innings total as possible.
South Africa 'A' resumed on their overnight score of 231 for 6. Wayne Parnell and Harmer extended their seventh-wicket partnership to 186 runs before the latter was trapped LBW by left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem; who took another quick wicket when he dismissed Kyle Abbott.
Parnell, Harmer thwart India 'A'
Harmer, who hit 13 boundaries and a six in his 168-ball 96, and Parnell came together when South Africa 'A' were struggling at 97 for 6; but their rearguard partnership has put the hosts on the front foot as they attempt to square the series.
Ishwar Pandey then had Parnell (91) caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha, and at this stage South Africa 'A' were 291 for 9. Andrew Birch (44*) and Hendricks then added 50 runs for the last wicket to frustrate the visitors.
India 'A' lost opening batsman Murali Vijay early in their reply when he was trapped in front by Hendricks. Captain Cheteshwar Pujara, who had scored a century in the first 'unofficial' Test, added 86 runs for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane.
But, Hendricks had Pujara (54) caught by Harmer, and this was the cue for a batting collapse as India 'A' slipped to 122 for 4 from 95 for 1. Harmer then dismissed Dinesh Karthik before Hendricks returned to take the wicket of Rahane.
Abbott ensured the pressure was kept on the visitors as he trapped Saha plumb in front; and Harmer capped off a wonderful day when he clean bowled Stuart Binny.
Brief Scores, at end of Day 2: South Africa 'A' 341 in 121 overs (Simon Harmer 96, Wayne Parnell 91, Ishwar Pandey 3-67, Shahbaz Nadeem 3-99, Parvez Rasool 2-55) vs India 'A' 145 for 6 in 51.3 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 54, Ajinkya Rahane 36, Beuran Hendricks 3-28, Simon Harmer 2-43).