Pandey’s four leaves Proteas innings in tatters

India A pacer Ishwar Pandey took four wickets,including two off successive balls.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Rustenburg | Published: August 20, 2013 4:27 am

India A pacer Ishwar Pandey took four wickets,including two off successive balls,but South Africa A fought back through JP Duminy’s fighting 84 in the first unofficial Test. The home side had lost five wickets in the first two sessions but Duminy combined with Thami Tsolekile (47) to take South Africa A to 312 for nine at the end of the third day’s play.

Duminy and Tsolekile raised 86 for the seventh wicket. Before this,Duminy had put on 75 for the sixth wicket with Justin Ontong,who scored 47 off 82 balls.

Pandey (4/40) ended both partnerships. Suresh Raina took two wickets,including Duminy’s,with his off spin. The hosts are still 270 behind India’s 582 for nine declared.

Resuming at 20 for one,South Africa were reduced to 280 for six by tea but Duminy and Tsolekile held firm for most of the day’s final session. Duminy was out in the last over of the day,caught behind off Raina. With his dismissal,the umpires ended the day’s play. Duminy’s 84 came off 222 balls with nine boundaries.

Duminy and Tsolekile had frustrated the Indians for close to 26 overs but Pandey broke their stand,having the latter caught by Shikhar Dhawan. Off the next ball he caught Wayne Parnell in his follow through. Before this,Pandey had broken a 75-run partnership between Duminy and Ontong.

The hosts had found the going tough from the beginning,with Mohammed Shami striking in the third over of the day to trap opener Dean Elgar in front. The left-handed Rilee Rossouw scored a 64-ball 57 and shared a 72-run stand for the third wicket with overnight batsman Simon Harmer (22). Pandey had Harmer caught behind and Rossouw joined him in the pavilion when he was trapped by Raina. Temba Bavuma,who joined Duminy at the crease,was caught by Raina off Shahbaz Nadeem for a duck.

Brief scores: India A 582/9 decl. vs South Africa A 312/9 in 98.3 overs (R Rossouw 57,JP Duminy 84,J Ontong 47,T Tsolekile 47; I Pandey 4/40,S Raina 2/33).

Bangar named india A coach for nz’s tour

SANJAY Bangar has been appointed coach of India A for their series against New Zealand A later this month in Visakhapatnam. This will be the former India all-rounder’s first major coaching assignment since he retired from first class cricket last season.

Bangar is keen on making a noteworthy first impression. “It will be a challenging tour. We have a strong side with all having come into the team after strong performances in domestic cricket,” he said.

The India A team,led by Abhishek Nayar,are undergoing a five-day camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and will proceed to Visakhapatnam where they face the Kiwis in two unofficial Tests and three 50-over contests,starting from August 28. Apart from Nayar,the team is made up mainly of new faces including openers Jiwanjot Singh and Unmukt Chand.

The 40-year-old ex-Railways captain says that the job will be a challenge,with the demands of coaching having multiplied since his early days as a cricketer.

“For me it will be a different experience. Today’s modern coaching is more technical in nature. It revolves around watching endless video footage and forming strategy from it. What matters is that the players should improve under my tutelage,” said Bangar,who played 12 Tests and 15 ODIs for India.

Bangar has dabbled with coaching when he was part of the backroom at the now defunct Kochi Tuskers IPL franchise. He says that his vast experience of first class cricket should make up for any lack of coaching experience.

“The challenge will be the limited time we have from now to the start of the series,especially since most of the boys will be playing together for the first time. But I’m hopeful that we’ll make the most of our time in Bangalore,” he said.

(Devendra Pandey)

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