Scores: South Africa A 322 (Stephen Cook 98; Shahbaz Nadeem 4-118) and 177 (Cook 70; Ankit Rajpoot 3-15) lost to India A 276 (R Samarth 77; Dane Piedt 4-70) and 226/4 (Karun Nair 90) by six wickets.
India A managed to drive home the advantage on the fourth and final day of the second unofficial ‘Test’ against South Africa A, cantering to a six-wicket win in Potchefstroom on Tuesday (August 22). Set 223 to win on the final, Karun Nair scored 90 to take the team home in 62.3 overs. After the loss, South Africa were forced to share the two-match series after taking the first bout by 235 runs.
Nair had endured a tough time on the tour, including the preceding tri-series, with runs hard to come by. He had scored a 36-ball 1 in the first innings, not only putting pressure on himself but also managing to hamper Shreyas Iyer’s momentum. Nair’s half-century, with scores of just 15 and 30 in the last game, should nullify the damage the poor run had done to his reputation.
India’s win, however, was set up by the bowlers before Nair polished off the chase. South Africa started the day on 138 for 4 but folded for 177. Ankit Rajpoot and Shahbaz Nadeem picking up three wickets each. Stephen Cook remained unbeaten on 70 but a lower order meltdown meant he wasn’t able to establish much despite fighting for 196 deliveries.Via