RUSTENBURG: India ‘A’ gained complete control of their unofficial Test against South Africa ‘A’ on Sunday as they ended the second day with a massive 562-run lead in hand.
After skipper Cheteshwar Pujara’s ton yesterday, it was now the turn of Rohit Sharma (119) and Suresh Raina (135) to pile on hundreds.
India resumed on 281/3 and both overnight batsmen went on to reach three figures to put their side on top.
Rohit added another 49 runs to his overnight score, and combined for 106 with his left-handed partner, before he was caught at short leg off JP Duminy.
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Duminy also dismissed Ajinkya Rahane (10) and Wriddhiman Saha (1) cheaply, but Raina was relentless, keeping up the pace as he completed his century in the 141st over. He was finally bowled by left-arm fast bowler Wayne Parnell.
The Indian tail wagged irritatingly for the South African bowlers, as some lusty hitting by Ishwar Pandey (35), Jaydev Unadkat (31*) and Shabaaz Nadeem (46*) helped the visitors on to a mammoth 582/9, before Pujara declared the innings.
With South Africa ‘A’ left to face nine overs before close, Unadkat had opener Reeza Hendricks caught behind in the seventh over. The home team finished on 20/1, trailing by 562 with two days remaining.
Brief scores, 2nd day: India ‘A’ 582/9 decl. in 163 overs (Pujara 137, Rohit 119, Raina 135, Parnell 3/89, Duminy 3/80) vs South Africa ‘A’ 20/1 in 9 overs.