Cricket

India A vs South Africa A: Malan, de Zorzi slam tons as hosts dominate opening day of first unofficial Test

  • Press Trust of India
  • November 23rd, 2021
  • 23:38:36 IST

Bloemfontein: The India A bowlers had a tough time on the field as Pieter Malan and Tony de Zorzi scored centuries to take South Africa A to 343 for three at stumps on Day 1 of the opening unofficial Test in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

After opting to bowl, the Priyank Panchal-led side got two early wickets before Malan (157 batting off 258 balls) and de Zorzi (117 off 186) shared a 217-run stand for the third wicket to put South Africa A in a strong position in the four-day game.

Pacer Navdeep Saini, who has lost his place in the Indian team, took a wicket and so did left-arm speedster Arzan Nagwaswalla and Umran Malik, who was picked in the A squad after impressing with his extra pace in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Tony de Zorzi and South Africa A captain Pieter Malan shared a 217-run stand for the third wicket on Day 1 of the first unofficial Test against India A. Image credit: Twitter/@OfficialCSA

Tony de Zorzi and South Africa A captain Pieter Malan shared a 217-run stand for the third wicket on Day 1 of the first unofficial Test against India A. Image credit: Twitter/@OfficialCSA

All the three spinners — Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham and Baba Aparajith — failed to pick up a wicket.

Chahar, who was part of the recent home T20 series against New Zealand, conceded 75 runs in 19 overs.

The three-match series is being scheduled ahead of the senior team's tour of South Africa beginning next month.

Opener Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari, who was controversially not picked for the two home Tests against New Zealand, are also part of the squad.

Brief Scores: South Africa A: 343 for 3 in 90 overs (Pieter Malan 157 batting, Tony de Zorzi 117; Arzan Nagwaswalla 1/58).

Updated Date: November 23, 2021 23:38:36 IST

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