Karun Nair en route to 90 (Image courtesy: Getty)
Karun Nair en route to 90 (Image courtesy: Getty)

Potchefstroom: India A skipper Karun Nair anchored a tricky chase with a polished 90 as the visitors beat South Africa A by six wickets in the second unofficial Test to level the two-match series 1-1. Chasing a target of 224, India A took 62.3 overs to cross the line as Nair got rid of wretched form, striking 13 boundaries in 144 balls. He scored the runs at an impressive strike rate of over 62. Nair s state-mate and opener Ravikumar Samarth (55), hit his second half-century of the match and added crucial 74 runs for the third wicket with Nair.

The match-winning stand was the 93 runs for the 4th wicket between Nair and Ankit Bawne (32). Bawne held one end, consuming 92 balls hitting five boundaries in the process. Nair couldn t see the side through as he fell with India being just 2 short of a victory. However, the chief architects of the win were the Indian bowlers who set up the victory after the South African second innings got terminated at 177 with the hosts losing last five wickets for 39 runs, starting the day at 138 for 4.

Right-arm pacer Ankit Rajpoot (3 for 15) and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (3 for 47) shared bulk of the spoils. Nadeem was the most impressive among the Indian bowlers with a haul of 11 wickets from the two unofficial Tests. Interestingly, during their tour of 2013, India had won the ‘A’ tri-series and drew the two ‘unofficial’ Tests 1-1.

Brief Scores:

South Africa A 322 and 177 (Stephen Cook 70, Shahbaz Nadeem 3 for 47, Ankit Rajpoot 3 for 15) lost to India A 276 and 226 for 4 (Karun Nair 90, Ravikumar Samarth 55, Ankit Bawne 32) by 6 wickets

With inputs from PTI