Mohammed Shami, Ishwar Pandey star as India A thrash South Africa A by innings and 13 runs

Ishwar Pandey took seven wickets in the match as India A earned a memorable win.

Updated: August 20, 2013 21:30 IST
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Rustenburg: India A crushed hosts South Africa A by an innings and 13 runs on the fourth and final day of the opening unofficial Test to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, here on Tuesday.

Indian bowlers continued their dominating show as they shot out South Africa for 212 in their second innings after making them follow on at Olympia Park.

Seam bowlers Mohammed Shami (3/29) and Ishwar Pandey (3/25) picked up three wickets each while part-time spinner Rohit Sharma scalped two wickets to fashion India's crushing win over the hosts.

Middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma (65) was the top-scorer for South Africa in their second innings. His 138-ball innings was laced with six boundaries.

Resuming at an overnight score of 312 for nine, Kyle Abbott (33 not out) and Andrew Birch (18) provided some late resistance before Suresh Raina had the latter trapped leg before wicket to bring an end to South Africa's first innings at 357.

After asking South Africa to follow on, India's frontline quicks struck early with Pandey dismissing Reeza Hendricks (4) in the third ball of his first over.

Shami then struck twice in the sixth over, removing Dean Elgar (3) and JP Duminy (0) in the space of four deliveries.

Newman Rilee Rossouw tried to break the shackles and hit three boundaries in the 10th over. However, he was bowled in the 20th over by Suresh Raina.

Shami continued the procession with the wicket of Ontong as South Africa slipped to 93 for five.

Pandey took his second wicket as Tsolekile departed in the 35th over before Nadeem got rid off Wayne Parnell (10) as South Africa further slumped to 140 for seven in 41.4 overs. At tea, South Africa needed another 84 runs to make India bat again with three wickets in hand.

After the interval, Bavuma started on a positive note, dispatching Nadeem for a couple of boundaries.

Part-time spinner Sharma was then introduced into the attack by Chetestwar Pujara and the move worked as Bavuma (65) in pursuit of runs hit it straight to the India A skipper at mid-wicket.

Sharma came back for his second spell to dismiss Abbott and Pandey cleaned up Birch in the 67th over to complete India A's deserving victory.

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