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.
Somerset wrapped up victory in just two days.
He is preparing to travel to New Zealand.
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The wicketkeeper struggled behind the stumps but made 75 in a match-winning partnership with Chris Woakes.
Craig Overton claimed four wickets for 12 runs in the Bob Willis Trophy match.
The pair turned the tables at Old Trafford with a 139-run stand which turned the tables on the tourists.
England captain Knight, whose side are defending champions, believes it would have been safe to play the tournament.
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