JOHANNESBURG: After the third match could not finish due to rain, South Africa “A” team and India “A” team ended, Monday ended with a draw and the hosts clinching the two-match series one-nil.
The fact that seven wickets fell down on the final day did not help the visitors as they had to settle with the outcome after the hosts were left stranded on 181/4 after 51 overs in their second innings.
South Africans were bowled out with a score of 319, Mohammed Siraj (4/72) and Ankit Rajpoot (3/52) combined to wrap up the tourists’ first innings within the opening six overs of the day.
Senuran Muthusamy returned is 35 unbeaten while India took a 26-run lead into the second innings, with captain Shreyas Iyer (65) and Ankit Bawne (64*) recording a 92-run partnership before play was called off.
Olivier proved to be South Africa’s talisman in the match, finishing with figures of 8/87 and four wickets behind Siraj, the series leading wicket-taker.
While wicket-keeper/batsman Rudi Second ended as the tourist’s top run-scorer with 235 runs, including two fifties and a high score of 94 in the first Test.