Bengaluru : South Africa ‘A’ wicketkeeper Rudi Second missed a century by six runs as India ‘A’ bowlers produced a disciplined performance to restrict the visitors to 246 for eight in the first ‘unofficial’ Test here.

Pacers Mohammed Siraj (3/56), Navdeep Saini (2/47) and Rajneesh Gurbani (2/47) shared seven wickets between them, while leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal picked up one as India kept a tight leash on the South Africans, who opted to bat after winning the toss.

Coming out at the fall of Erwee with his team tottering at 93 for four, Second held the South Africa ‘A’ innings together before he was the last man out on the first day of the four-day game. He hit 12 boundaries in his 139-ball innings.

Second stitched 59 runs with Senuran Muthusamy for the fifth wicket to resurrect the South Africa ‘A’ innings before a 39-run stand with Shaun von Berg helped his side near the 250-run mark.

Brief Scores:

South Africa ‘A’: 246 for 8 in 88 overs (Rudi Second 94, Sarel Erwee 47; Sarel Erwee 3/56, Navdeep Saini 2/47, Rajneesh Gurbani 2/47).

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