Cape Town - An impressive five-wicket haul by Manishi handed the India under-19s the advantage on day one of the second Youth Test match against the South Africa-under-19s in Trivandrum on Tuesday.
The hosts ended the day trailing by 40 runs with two just wickets down in their first innings.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, South Africa were dismissed for 152 in 54.4 overs with newly-capped Manishi starring with figures of 5/58 in 17.4 overs. Debutant Ruan Terblanche (51) and Bryce Parsons (64) were the only standout performers with the willow, each adding much-need half-centuries to the scoreboard.
Compared to their first encounter, the visitors got off to a moderately steady start, thanks to Terblanche and Thamsanqa Kumalo putting on a 36-run opening stand. With the pair dealing aptly with the seamers, it was once again their frailties with spin that came to the fore. Manishi made the first breakthrough, removing Kumalo for 13.
That dismissal gave India the edge as a further three wickets fell before the end of the first session, Manishi delivering two more blows in the tourists’ batting order with a run out squeezed in between his two scalps.
Captain Matthew Montgomery was first trapped LBW for four before all-rounder Andile Mogakane (7) suffered an unfortunate run out at the non-striker’s end after the ball ricochet off Rex Singh’s hand and went on to hit the stumps.
The last wicket to fall before the interval was Bonga Makaka (2), who was clean-bowled by the in-form spinner, his third scalp of the day, reducing South Africa to 70/4 after 30 overs at lunch.
Despite losing partners around him, Terblanche remained resolute at the crease. He went on to bring up his maiden fifty soon after the break, having found an adequate ally in Parsons. The pair shared an explosive 53-run stand for the fifth wicket, that included several boundaries before Terblanche was eventually sent back to the changeroom, bowled by Hrithik Shokeen (2/44).
South Africa lost their remaining wickets for just 31 runs.
The numerous boundary finders involved in Parsons' aggressive knock helped his side to a decent first innings score, but it was the spin-friendly conditions that brought the SA U19s their problems. Luke Beaufort (1), Nonelela Yikha (0) and Marco Jansen (4) fell victim to the spin duo of Manishi and Shokeen, with the former picking up two more to seal his five-for.
Running out of teammates to bat with following the run-out Siya Plaatjie (0), Parsons continued to hit the ball out the ground on his way to his second half-century before he was also eventually run-out for a 76-ball 64 (3 fours; 5 sixes) to mark the end of the away side's innings.
In reply, the home side lost an early wicket and like the first Youth Test, had a batsman dismissed with the final ball of the day's play.
Speedster, Lifa Ntanzi got Divyaansh Saxena caught at slip by Mogakane for two. It was his opening partner, Bhupendra Jaiswal, who steadied the ship, notching up an unbeaten 81 (off 109 balls; 11 fours) in a 102-run partnership with Vathsal Sharma (25) before the latter fell to Mogakane with India finishing on 112/2 after 34.5 overs.
Day two gets underway at the Greenfield International Stadium on Tuesday from 06:00 CAT.
South Africa under-19s squad:
Matthew Montgomery (captain, Dolphins), Luke Beaufort (Warriors), Jonathan Bird (Cape Cobras), Achille Cloete (Cape Cobras), Jarred Jardine (Highveld Lions), Marco Jansen (Highveld Lions), Thamsanqa Kumalo (Dolphins), Bonga Makaka (Cape Cobras), Andile Mogakane (Dolphins), Kgaudise Molefe (Highveld Lions), Lifa Ntanzi (Dolphins), Bryce Parsons (Highveld Lions), Siya Plaatjie (Cape Cobras), Ruan Terblanche (Cape Cobras), Nonelela Yikha (Warriors)