Pretoria: The decision to rest premier batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma backfired as India were precariously placed at 145 for six, at stumps on Day II, in reply to South Africa A’s first innings total of 341 in the second and final four-day match, here, on Sunday.
Ambati Rayudu (14) and Parvez Rasool (yet to open account) will resume on Monday with the visitors in need of another 47 runs to avoid a follow-on.
India lost five wickets for just 50 runs after being comfortably placed at 95 for one with skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (54) looking set for another big knock. The moment the Indian captain fell off the bowling of left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks at the stroke of tea, India A simply crumbled in the final session to provide the hosts with a major advantage.
One of the replacements, Dinesh Karthik, managed just nine runs before being dismissed by off-spinner Simon Harmer, as the off-spinner struck again by cleaning up Stuart Binny, who perished for naught.
Opener Murali Vijay had no clue against Hendricks’ angular delivery and was trapped leg before. Similar was the case with Ajinkya Rahane (36) despite the fact that he had got himself in by then.
Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha (14) was done in by pace of Kyle Abbott.
Earlier, South Africa A finished their first innings on a healthy 341 after being down in the dumps at 97 for six.