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First Test between India A and South Africa A ends in a draw

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Bloemfontein, Nov 26 (IANS) The first four-day match between South Africa A and India A ended in a draw after rain played spoilsport on the fourth and final day, here on Friday.

South Africa A, who were put in to bat, posted 509/7 on the back of captain Pieter Mal’n’s 163 and Tony de Zor’i’s 117. For India A, speedsters Navdeep Saini and Arzan Nagwaswalla scalped two wickets each.

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India A then responded solidly with the bat, with captain Priyank Panchal scoring a superb 96 and Abhimanyu Easwaran hitting a fantastic ton. Prithvi Shaw, meanwhile, hit a brisk 48 to set the tone for the side.

Easwaran’s ton (103) and Panchal’s 96 had taken India A to 308/4 at stumps on Day 3.

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On Day 4, the start of play was delayed due to rain, but the relentless rain meant that no play was possible on the final day.

Brief scores: South Africa A 509/7 (Pieter Malan 163, Tony de Zorzi 117; Navdeep Saini 2-67, Arzan Nagwaswalla 2-75) drew India A 308/4 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 103, Priyank Panchal 96; Lutho Sipamla 2-73).

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