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SA A v IND A, 2nd unofficial Test, Day 3 Review: Stephen Cook keeps the match in balance

South Africa ended the day on 138 for the loss of 4 wickets.

Stephen Cook
South Africa’s Stephen Cook. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

India A slipped away a great chance to bag a big first inning lead in the 2nd unofficial Test against South Africa A, instead, they ended up conceding a 46-run lead losing their last 8 wickets for 85 runs. India began the 3rd day at 181/3 and were bowled out for only 276 with none of their batsmen staying long. South Africa A ended the day at 138/4 extending the lead to 184 with Stephen Cook scoring yet another fifty.

Shreyas Iyer was the first to be dismissed in the morning as a mishit from him brought an end to his 65-run inning. He struck five fours and four sixes during his 82-ball stay. Hanuma Vihari got out to Shaun von Berg for just seven while Dane Paterson struck twice on consecutive balls in the very next over. Ankeet Bawne fell after scoring 21 while Krishnappa Gowtham bagged a golden duck.

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Ishan Kishan and Shahbaz Nadeem tried to rescue India A as the pair put on 44 runs for the 8th wicket in the morning session. Ishan, who took 17 balls to get off the mark, scored 17 off 44 balls before getting out on the very last ball before Lunch. Nadeem got out for 36 post Lunch break as India were bowled out for 276. Nadeem hit seven fours during his 67-ball stay.

South Africa A openers once again got off their side to a steady start with Aiden Markram and Cook put on 40 runs before Nadeem got better off Markram as the home side registered their first below-50 opening stand of the series. Navdeep Saini, Ankit Rajpoot, and Gowtham picked up a wicket each to reduce South Africa A to 88/4.

But Cook continued his great form by putting on an unbeaten 50-run stand for the 5th wicket along with Andile Phehlukwayo. He brought up his third fifty-plus score in this series off 141 balls and remained unbeaten on 55. Phehlukwayo scored runs at a good pace striking five fours in the 34 balls for his 29.

Brief Scores:

South Africa A first innings: 322/10 in 124.4 overs (Stephen Cook 98, Aiden Markram 74; Shahbaz Nadeem 4/118, Navdeep Saini 3/66)

India A first innings: 276/10 in 89.4 overs (Ravikumar Samarth 77, Shreyas Iyer 65; Dane Piedt 4/70, Dane Paterson 3/48)

South Africa A second innings: 138/4 in 52 overs (Stephen Cook 55*; Ankit Rajpoot 1/15)

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