Piedt spins SA A to big first innings lead


Dane Piedt made a compelling case for a return to the Proteas Test side with his 11th five-wicket haul at first-class level to put South Africa A in a potentially winning position on the third day of the first unofficial four-day Test against India A in Wayanad on Thursday.

An off-break bowler, Piedt (5 for 88 in 24 overs) and his fellow spinner, Keshav Maharaj (2 for 13 in 10.3 overs) bowled the home side out for 204 to give the South Africans a massive first innings advantage of 338.

They then declined to enforce the follow on, knocking up a quick 105/1 in 30 overs with opener Reeza Hendricks scoring his second half-century of the match, to set the Indians an improbable victory target of 444.

By the close they had reached 73 for two from 29 overs, still needing a further 371 for victory.

It has been a frustrating road back for Piedt who made his Test match debut against Zimbabwe just over a year ago, taking 8 wickets in an excellent performance.

Since then he has been troubled by a shoulder injury that only came right after an extensive off-season period of rehabilitation and work under the direction of his franchise coach, Paul Adams.

He has as yet to pick up a wicket in the India second innings but at least had the satisfaction of running out India A opening batsman, Jiwanjot Singh.