The pitch is never very dark-green to bowl first in India, they say. But you should have tried telling that to Dane Piedt, the captain of the touring South africans A feature, when both India A openers were razored back to the pavilion inside eight overs at the KSCA Ground in Alur.
Losing Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw, who had values of 220 and 136 respectively in the first unofficial Test, could have been a telling punch except in cases of Hanuma Vihari’s majestic rearguard, thumping an unbeaten 138 in overcast positions to not just revive India A but also assist the legions stroll with the standings on the opening day. Agarwal descended fourth pellet of the day, hemming Duanne Olivier to second tumble whereas Shaw, off to a sunny begin with two boundaries, fell to Anrich Nortje off an margin to the’ custodian. Enter Hanuma Vihari, ready to play the waiting game, heroic the interruptions in play due to poverty-stricken dawn and attaining hay when the sun radiances, literally. Even as Vihari held one extremity tight,