The first unofficial Test between India A and South Africa A ended in a draw after play on fourth and final day was washed out.
In response to the hosts’ 509 for seven declared, India A had reached 308 for four at stumps on day three.
Abhimanyu Easwaran compiled a solid hundred in the game but skipper Priyank Panchal missed out on one by only four runs. The bowlers struggled with the hosts piling on the runs.
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Hanuma Vihari, who was controversially dropped for the home series against New Zealand, made 25 off 53 balls. Prithvi Shaw scored a fine 48 but would have been disappointed to miss out on a hundred in good batting conditions.
The second match of the three-match series will be played from November 29 at the same venue.
The A tour has been organised ahead of the senior team’s series against South Africa beginning next month. However, the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa has cast doubts on the tour.
Brief scores: South Africa A: 509 for 7 declared in 135.3 overs (Pieter Malan 163, Tony de Zorzi 117; Navdeep Saine 2/67, Arzan Nagwaswalla 2/75). India A: 308 for 4 in 93.1 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 103, Priyank Panchal 96, Prithvi Shaw 48).