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South Africa A vs India A, 1st Four-Day Game: Day 1 Report

Navdeep Saini, Arzan Nagwaswalla and Umran Malik picked a wicket each on Day 1 of the first South Africa A versus India A four-day game.

South Africa A dominated the proceedings with the bat, with captain Pieter Malan (157*) and Tony de Zorzi (117) scoring hundreds, while India A toiled hard with the ball as the hosts ended Day 1 of the first four-day game at 343/3 in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

After captain Priyank Panchal won the toss and put South Africa A into bat, Navdeep Saini and Arzan Nagwaswalla landed early blows. While Saini, celebrating his birthday, dismissed Sarel Erwee for a duck in the first over, Nagwaswalla got Raynard van Tonder out three overs later to reduce South Africa A to 2/14.

Malan and de Zorzi then joined forces and denied India A any immediate success despite the toil. The pair put on a solid show with the bat and added 217 runs together.

India A was then provided with a much-needed breakthrough as speedster Umran Malik disturbed the timber to dismiss de Zorzi for 117.

Jason Smith replaced de Zorzi in the middle. Meanwhile, South Africa A captain Malan continued his good work with the bat and moved past 150-run mark and went on to add another solid partnership – 112* runs – with Smith, who scored an unbeaten 51 at stumps.

Brief Scores: South Africa A 343/3 (Pieter Malan 157*, Tony de Zorzi 117; Umran Malik 1/43, Navdeep Saini 1/57, Arzan Nagwaswalla 1/58) vs India A