A spectacular and unbeaten double century by Mayank Agarwal and a hundred from Prithvi Shaw powered India A into the lead on a dominant second day of the first unofficial Test against South Africa A in Bengaluru on Sunday.
The home side ended the day’s action with a 165-run lead as they took charge of the contest.
The pair shone as they recorded a 277-run opening stand in reply to the visitors’ 246-run total.
Shaw played the more measured innings between the two, bringing up his seventh first-class hundred before his dismissal in the 59th over on 136 (196 balls, 20 fours).
Twenty-seven-year-old Agarwal (220*) at the other end produced a brilliant batting display, smashing 31 boundaries and four sixes on his way to his double-ton landmark.
Following Day One’s Rudi Second (94) led fight back, the tourists came into the second day on 246/8 with Malusi Siboto (13*) and Beuran Hendricks at the crease.
The lower order’s resistance didn’t last long as India’s Mohammed Siraj (5/56) picked up the final two wickets with no runs added the overnight score.
With the Indian batsmen on top form, it proved to be a difficult day for captain Khaya Zondo and his bowlers in the field.
Dane Piedt (1/56) and Duanne Olivier (1/69) provided the only breakthroughs, accounting for Shaw and Ravikumar Samarth (37).
India A reached stumps on a hefty 411/2 after 87 overs, with Agarwal and captain, Shreyas Iyer (9*) at the crease.
The swing bowler completed the landmark at Headingley.
But the ICC has rejected claims the tournament will be postponed, insisting a number of contingency plans are being considered.
He will not return from his family home in Tasmania even if the delayed season gets under way later this summer.
No domestic cricket can take place until at least August.
An expanded training group of up to 45 is due to be named on Friday.
The governing body still aims to stage a shortened domestic season.
Professional cricket is on hold until at least July 1.
The tournament is scheduled to start on October 18 until November 15 in Australia.