Panchal brightens a uninteresting day as India-A wins sequence


Priyank Panchal (109, 192b) shone shiny on the final day of the second and closing ‘Take a look at’ between India-A and South Africa-A, at SDNR Wadeyar Stadium right here on Friday.

With the match heading for a sure draw, the gamers shook fingers and walked off the sector on the stroke of tea.

Panchal placed on a present, blasting 9 fours and 4 sixes throughout the course of his four-hour keep on the crease. He was assured towards Take a look at spinner Dane Piedt, lofting him cleanly for 2 straight sixes.

The 29-year-old introduced up his hundred with a beautiful cover-driven boundary off Piedt. Panchal’s go to got here to an finish when he was caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy.

Abhimanyu Easwaran (37, 93b, 3×4) fell to Piedt, making an attempt a minimize too near the physique. Shubman Gill was despatched again for zero, chipping one from Piedt straight to quick mid-on.

Karun Nair, who scored 78 within the first essay, was as soon as once more in advantageous kind. The Karnataka batsman cruised to an unbeaten 99-ball 51.

The depth within the motion sharply declined when part-time spinners Aiden Markram and Khaya Zondo got here on. It was solely a matter of time earlier than play can be known as off.

It has been a profitable sequence for the house group, having gained each the one-day and ‘Take a look at’ outings (Four-1 and 1-Zero). India-A head coach and former Saurashtra cricketer Sitanshu Kotak said, “Given the massively expert gamers we have now in our squad, we did count on to do properly on this sequence.

“Credit score to (BCCI normal supervisor) Saba Karim, (Nationwide Cricket Academy head) Rahul Dravid and the BCCI for the best way these ‘A’ excursions have been scheduled. Each senior India tour is preceded by an India-A tour, which is nice for the gamers to get worthwhile match apply.

“For instance, on this match, we misplaced the toss and had been put in to bat. The circumstances closely favoured the pacers, however our top-four did very properly to play out the hazard. If this similar scenario occurs in a world match, our guys will probably be properly ready for it.”

The scores:

India-A — 1st innings: 417.

South Africa-A — 1st innings: 400.

India A — 2nd innings: Priyank Panchal c&b Muthusamy 109, Abhimanyu Easwaran b Piedt 37, Shubman Gill c Muthusamy b Piedt Zero, Karun Nair (not out) 51, Wriddhiman Saha (not out) 1; Extras (b-2, lb-2): Four. Whole (for 3 wkts. decl. in 70 overs): 202.

Fall of wickets: 1-94, 2-94, Three-186.

South Africa-A bowling: Philander 7-Three-6-Zero, Ngidi 7-2-16-Zero, Piedt 21-1-88-2, Muthusamy 19-Four-46-1, Sipamla 5-2-9-Zero, Markram 10-2-27-Zero, Zondo 1-Zero-6-Zero.

Man-of-the-Match: Aiden Markram.