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India A skipper Shreyas Iyer and Ankit Bawne hit half centuries as India A ended the day on 181/4. India A won the two-match series against South Africa A by 1-0 margin as they had won the first four day ‘Test’ by an innings and 30 runs.

With a slender 26-run lead, India A finished their second essay at 181 for 4 with Iyer (65) and Bawne (64 no) steadying the ship with a 86-run stand for the fourth wicket. Iyer hit four boundaries and four sixes in 103 balls while Bawne hit nine boundaries in 100 deliveries.

“I am happy that I got some runs under my belt. For sure, there was nothing wrong in my batting in the last two innings, just that I needed to convert 30s into big scores, which I tried focussing on,” Iyer told reporters at post-match press conference.

South Africa A started their day with their second innings score on 294/7. Seamers Mohammed Siraj and Ankit Rajpoot took the remaining South African wickets to fall on the final day and South Africa A managed to reach 319 in the final analysis.

Siraj (4/72) and Rajpoot (3/52) shared bulk of the spoils while limited overs specialist Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed two for 84 in 22 overs. The match was called off at tea after it started raining in Alur.

Siraj has been in tremendous form of late as he has picked up heaps of wickets in the unofficial Tests against West Indies A, England Lions and South Africa A. He surely merits a place in the national squad for his consistent returns.

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Brief Score: India A first innings: 345 all out in 101 Overs (GH Vihari 148; D Olivier 6/63) 

South Africa A first innings: 319 all out in 98.2 Overs (Zubayr Hamza 93, SJ Erwee 58; Mohammad Siraj 4/72; Ankit Rajpoot 3/52; YS Chahal 2/84) 

India A 2nd innings: 181 for 4 in 51 overs (Shreyas Iyer 65; Ankit Bawne 65 not out; Duanne Olivier 2/24; Seuran Muthusamy 2/45).

With Inputs from PTI