South Africa A lead India A by 198 runs © AFP (representational picture)

Pretoria: Aug 26, 2013

Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem struck twin blows as South Africa A reached 58 for two at tea thereby taking their overall lead to 198 against India A on the Third Day of the second and final ‘Test’ match on Monday.

Earlier, India were bowled out for a modest 201 which ensured a sizeable 140-run lead for the hosts.

South Africans however have played sedately in their second innings so far as they consumed 33 overs to score those 58 runs. As they are trailing 0-1 in the series, it will be interesting as to when the declaration comes so that the bowlers have enough time to have a go at the Indian batsmen.

While the openers Reeza Hendricks (20) and Dean Elgar (34 batting) adding 53 for the opening wicket, Nadeem (2/7) accounted for the former as he offered a catch to Dinesh Karthik. Left-hander Rilee Russouw (0) defended three balls before Nadeem breached through his defence.

Earlier, starting the day at 145 for six, India lost their last four wickets for 24 runs to get all out for 201 in 70.1 overs. Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks was the wrecker-in-chief as he took five for 36 in 21 overs.

Parvez Rasool (32 no, 68 balls, 5×4) hit some lusty blows but ran out of partners after Ambati Rayudu (29, 93 balls, 3×4) was dismissed by offie Simon Harmer (4/74).

Tail-enders Nadeem (6), Ishwar Pandey (0) and Siddharth Kaul didn’t have the capability to fight it out with Rasool as India lost their final three wickets for an addition of only nine runs.

Brief Scores: South Africa A 341 & 58 for 2 (Dean Elgar 34, Shahbaz Nadeem 2 for 8) lead India A 201 (Cheteshwar Pujara 54, Ajinkya Rahane 36, Perveez Rasool 32*, Beuran Hendricks 5 for 36, Simon Harmer 4 for 74) by 198 runs.