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Clinical India A inch closer to resounding win

SOUTH AFRICA A TOUR OF INDIA, 2019

Nadeem picked up three wickets to put India A on the brink of victory.

Nadeem picked up three wickets to put India A on the brink of victory. © BCCI

On a rain-marred day, Jalaj Saxena and Shahbaz Nadeem engineered a collapse as India A inched closer to a resounding victory against South Africa A in the first unofficial Test in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday (September 11). At close of play on Day 3, South Africa A were in dire-straits at 179 for 9, leading by a mere 40 runs.

After the first two session were washed out, the overnight batting duo of Wiaan Mulder (46) and Heinrich Klaasen (48) tried to prop up the innings with a stand of 74 for the sixth wicket. However, Mulder was run out on the back of a direct-hit by Ricky Bhui and that started the slide.

Jalaj snared the scalp of Dane Piedt while Nadeem removed Marco Jansen to leave South Africa A eight down. To make matters worse, Jalaj also sent Klaasen back to the hut at the fag end of the day. Lutho Sipamla and Lungi Ngidi, the last pair, waded through a few nervy moments before bad light stopped play. A couple of thunderstorms are expected on the final day, but the visitors perhaps need heavy downpours through the course of Day 4 to salvage a draw.

Brief scores: South Africa A164 (Marco Jansen 45*; Shardul Thakur 3-29, K Gowtham 3-64) and 179/9 (Heinrich Klaasen 48; Shahbaz Nadeem 3-17) lead India A 303 (Shubman Gill 90, Jalaj Saxena 61*; Lungi Ngidi 3-50) by 40 runs.

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