Result: Match drawn. Srikar Bharat, Priyank Panchal and Siddesh Lad struck fifties as BP XI scored 265/8 in 64 overs, in reply to South Africa’s 279/6d on the third and final day.
Over 63.6: WICKET! First wicket of the innings for Dane Piedt who gets rid of Dharmedrasinh Jadeja for a first-ball duck. Score 265/8
Over 62.6: WICKET! Senuran Muthusamy strikes in his first over with the scalp of Jalaj Saxena who has been pinned in front on 2. Score 264/7
Over 58.3: WICKET! Third wicket for Keshav Maharaj as he has bowled KS Bharat on 71. End of an entertaining innings from Bharat who struck seven fours and five sixes during his 57-ball stay. Score 236/6
Over 51: Siddesh Lad (24*) and Srikar Bharat (20*) have stabilised the innings, having added 44 runs for the sixth wicket so far. Score 180/5
Over 38.3: WICKET! South Africa have another wicket in quick succession and this time it’s Karun Nair who becomes Keshav Maharaj’s second victim – caught by Heinrich Klaasen on 19 off 35. Score 136/5
Over 37.5: WICKET! Priyank Panchal departs after a brisk half-century. He scored 60 off 77 with 10 fours and a six. Score 134/4
Over 25.5: WICKET! Just when it looked BP XI had recovered, South Africa have found a way to make a dent in their progress. Mayank Agarwal caught by Vernon Philander off Keshav Maharaj. He scored 39 off 92 with six fours. Score 85/3
Over 19: Priyank (25*) and Mayank (19*) have taken the score past the 50-run mark now. Score 57/2
Over 13: BP XI have reached 31/2 with Mayank Agarwal (14) and Priyank Panchal in the middle.
The second session is underway
LUNCH BREAK: And with that dismissal lunch has been taken on Day 3 of this tour match.
Over 10.5: WICKET! Kagiso Rabada strikes as he gets rid of Abhimanyu Easwaran on 13 – caught by Aiden Markram. Score 23/2
Over 1.2: WICKET! BP XI captain and opener Rohit Sharma has been dismissed for a two-ball duck by Vernon Philander. An early blow to BP XI. This is not good for Rohit’s confidence who has been widely projected to open the innings for India in the upcoming Test series against South Africa. Score 2/1
Over 64: South Africa have declared their innings at 279/6 in 64 overs meaning with Temba Bavuma unbeaten on 87 while Vernon Philander on 48 not out.
Day 2 Report
Opener Aiden Markram struck his second successive hundred in as many games as South Africa scored steadily to reach 199 for 5 in 50 overs against Board President’s XI on the second day of the rain-curtailed warm-up match on Friday. Markram had earlier scored 161 for South Africa A against India A in a first-class game last week.
On the day, he retired after completing his hundred in a game which has not been accorded first-class status. Markram’s innings was an attacking one as he faced 118 deliveries, hitting 18 boundaries and two sixes. His good form augurs well for South Africa as the 24-year-old right-hander was marked as one for the future by India captain Virat Kohli, when they toured the nation back in 2018.
Earlier, opener Dean Elgar was snuffed out by senior pacer Umesh Yadav (1/34), caught by Priyank Panchal in the slip cordon. No. 3 batsman Theunis de Bruyn got one from Ishan Porel (1/11) that jagged back in to trap him plumb in-front. The talented Zubayr Hamza (22) hit three fours and a six before left-arm spinner Dharmendra Jadeja (2/52) had him leg before with an arm ball. Jadeja from Saurashtra also had rival skipper Faf Du Plessis (9) the same way.