Pretoria: India A bowlers ripped through the South Africa A top order before letting the home side escape with a decent 231 for six on the Day I of the second unofficial test, here, on Saturday.
Impressive spells by all-rounder Parvez Rasool and pacer Ishwar Pandey saw the South Africans tottering at 97 for six before lower-order batsmen Wayne Parnell and Simon Harmer rescued the home side with a fine, unbroken 134-run stand for the seventh wicket.
At stumps, Parnell and Harmer were going strong on 64 and 68, respectively. Parnell has so far hit eight fours in his 172-ball innings, while Harmer smashed nine boundaries and a six having faced 115 deliveries.
India A seemed to take their feet off the pedal in the last session that yielded 103 runs for South Africa A without the loss of any more wickets in a stark contrast to proceedings in the first two sessions.
Not more than 81.3 overs could be bowled on the first day as the start was delayed due to a wet square at the LC de Villiers Oval.