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Hanuma Vihari (PTI Photo)

Hanuma Vihari made South Africa A bowlers sweat on the opening day of the second unofficial Test at Alur as India A finished on a strong 322/4 at stumps. Vihari struck an unbeaten 138 and had Srikar Bharat (30*) for company.

South Africa A captain Dane Piedt called correctly at the coin toss and his bowlers immediately backed his decision by getting rid of Indian openers within the first eight overs. Mayank Agarwal, who scored a double-century in the first unofficial Test, was out caught behind off Anrich Nortje for a two-ball duck off the fourth delivery of the match.

Duanne Olivier then removed Prtihvi Shaw on 16 as India were reduced to 18/2 in 7.1 overs. However, the visitors let the advantage slip away steadily as Vihari was joined by captain Shreyas Iyer to start the repair work.

Together they added 62 runs for the third wicket before Senuran Muthusamy broke the partnership as Iyer holed out to Rassie van der Dussen on 39.

Then, Vihari found another good ally in Ankit Bawne and they took the advantage from South Africa A, blunting their attack. They added 177 runs between them to take the total past the 250-run mark. It fell to their skipper Piedt to bring them some relief as the offspinner outfoxed Bawne to have him stumped on 80.

Meanwhile, Vihari remained rooted to the crease and went on to complete his century, building another significant partnership with Bawne, an unbeaten 65 for the fifth wicket.

India A lead the two-match series 1-0 after a comprehensive innings victory in Bengaluru.

Brief Scores: India A 322/4 (Hanuma Vihari 138*, Ankit Bawne 80; Dane Piedt 1/46) vs South Africa A