Indian international Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to competitive action, since being left out of the India vs England Test series last month, with a miserly spell of 9-1-33-3 in India A’s 124-run win over South Africa A
Indian international Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to competitive action, since being left out of the India vs England Test series last month, with a miserly spell of 9-1-33-3 in India A’s 124-run win over South Africa A

Indian international Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to competitive action, since being left out of the India vs England Test series last month, with a miserly spell of 9-1-33-3 in India A’s 124-run win over South Africa A in the 3rd place play-off match of the Quadrangular series played at the KSCA Ground, Alur on Wednesday.

Bhuvneshwar, who aggravated a back issue during the third ODI between India and England at Headingley, underwent rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru and playing his first competitive match after regaining full fitness, got rid Theunis de Bruyn (2), skipper Khaya Zondo (2) and Sisanda Magala (6).

South Africa A, in chase of 276 to win, folded for 151 in 37.1 overs with pacer Deepak Chahar claiming two for 32 in his eight and leg spinner Mayank Markande returning two for 30 in his ten.

The South African side never looked like chasing down the target losing wickets at regular intervals. Opener Pieter Malan made 30 off 61 balls while allrounder Senuran Muthusamy top-scored with 40 off 51 balls.

SA international Farhaan Behardien was unbeaten on 38. Next best was 19 from lower-order batsman Malusi Siboto. Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed picked one wicket each.

Earlier, India A skipper Shreyas Iyer made 67 off 70 while Ambati Rayudu scored 66 off 88 to drive India A to 275 for seven.

After being put in to bat, India A lost their openers – Abhimanyu Iswaran (12) and Ravikumar Samarth (23) inside the first 15 overs, before captain Iyer and Rayudu combined of a 130-run stand for the third wicket.

Rayudu was dismissed by medium pacer Beuran Hendricks who finished with three for 39 in his ten overs. Fellow new ball bowler Robert Frylinck also had good day claiming two for 35 from his ten.

Late order hitting from Delhi batsman Nitish Rana (30 off 19), Pandya (24 off 25) and Chahar (16 off seven)  ensured that India A posted a competitive total.

For South Africa, pacer Siboto was the most expensive giving away 54 runs in his five taking one wicket while Magala conceded 57 in his eight overs. Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was miserly, but went wicketless with figures of 10-0-46-0.

Brief Scores: India A 275/7 (Shreyas Iyer 67, Ambati Rayudu 66; Beuran Hendricks 3/39) beat South Africa A 151 all out (Senuran Muthusamy 40; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/33) by 124 runs