Piedt claims another fiver but India A on top


Dane Piedt captured his second five-wicket haul in successive matches but it was the rain that had the ultimate say on the penultimate day of the second four-day unofficial Test match between South Africa A and India A in Wayanad on Thursday.

Only 28 overs play was possible during which time the home side added 75 runs for two wickets to extend their first innings lead to 157 runs with two wickets still in hand.

South Africa made a good start to the day when Piedt and Hardus Viljoen took a wicket each while only five runs were added to the overnight total but thereafter India stabilised their position with an unbroken ninth wicket partnership of 69 between Axar Patel (69 not out) who has had an excellent all-round match, and Karn Sharma.

Piedt finished the day with figures of five for 191 in 45 overs for the 12th five-wicket haul of his first-class career. The hosts were on 417 for eight at stumps.

The South Africa second-stringers were 296 all out on day one with opening batsman Stiaan van Zyl scoring 96.