Cape Town - Quinton de Kock and Dane Vilas took full advantage of the foundation laid on day one to
power South Africa 'A' to a commanding first innings total of 542 on the second
day of the first four-day unofficial Test match against India 'A' at the
Krishnagiri Stadium in Wayanad on Wednesday.
then consolidated the advantage by claiming important wickets as the home side
reached 122/3 by the close to leave them still trailing by 420 runs at the
halfway stage of the match.
impressive aspect of the batting of the pair was not just the runs they scored
but the pace at which they got them. The South Africans added 249 runs in less
than two sessions (50 overs) for a run rate in the region of five to the
continued his incredible run of form by completing a hat-trick of centuries
from his only three innings on this tour. As always his strike rate was in
excess of 100 percent as he finished on 113 (102 balls, 13 fours and 3 sixes).
It was his fifth first-class century and he also reached 2 000 first-class
runs in his 29th match and his 49th innings.
early dismissal of Temba Bavuma for 66 (142 balls, 8 fours) De Kock found a
useful partner in night watchman, Dane Piedt, in a sixth wicket partnership of
78 in 16.5 overs. Once Piedt departed the real fireworks started as De Kock and
Vilas (75 off 74 balls, 10 fours and 2 sixes) added 107 in 18.4 overs.
was again the pick of the Indian attack, finishing with 4/115 from 39 overs. He
was the only bowler to restrict the attacking South African approach.
the cherry on the top of a good day for South Africa by taking 2/47 in 12 overs
(both bowled). He was South Africa’s first choice spin bowler until he suffered
a serious shoulder injury last year and this is the first time he has been
properly fit since then. Shreyas Iyer (49 off 61 balls) has made the top score
for India to date.