Hendricks routs India 'A' at Pretoria

Rahane, Saha score fighting fifties in 121-run defeat.

Rahane's fighting 86 was in vain as India lost by 121 runs.

PRETORIA:
Left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks took ten wickets in the match as South Africa 'A' defeated India 'A' by 121 runs to square the two-match series at Pretoria on Tuesday.

Set a target of 307 to win, India had their top order ripped out by Hendricks (6/27) and were in deep trouble at 18 for 5 in the 10th over, before Ajinkya Rahane (86) and Wriddhiman Saha (77*) retaliated with fighting hit half-centuries.

India were eventually shot out or 185 in their second innings. Hendricks had taken 5/36 in the first innings.

He had claimed M. Vijay in his first over on Monday evening, and he began Tuesday in similar fashion, by dismissing the nightwatchman Shahbaz Nadeem on his seventh delivery.

Dinesh Karthik was snared two balls later and Ambati Rayudu was next when he edged to the wicketkeeper in the following over. Captain Cheteshwar Pujara's run out earlier had taken the steam out of India's chase.

Rahane and Saha resuscitated the innings with a sixth-wicket stand of 160 runs. Rahane was brisker in his approach, while Saha chose to play second fiddle as the pair brought up their century union off 180 deliveries.

But Hendricks again provided the breakthrough when he bowled Rahane. The last five Indian wickets fell for just eight runs, with Simon Harmer adding three more to his tally.

Brief scores:
South Africa 'A' 341 (Harmer 96, Parnell 91) & 166 for 5 decl. (Elgar 62, Nadeem 3-56) beat India A 201 (Pujara 54, Hendricks 5-36, Harmer 4-74) and 185 (Rahane 86, Saha 77*, B Hendricks 6-27).

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