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Shubman Gill, Jalaj Saxena Assist India’A’ in tightening grip on South Africa’A’

Last updated on September 10, 2019

Skipper Shubman Gill missed out on a hundred but Jalaj Saxena scored a defiant unbeaten 61 to assist India’s’ take the lead against South Africa’s’ then cut them to 125/5 in the conclusion of Day 2 at the very first unofficial Test on Tuesday. Gill scored 90 out of 153 balls (13×4, 1×6) since Saxena gave his skipper support after India’s’ were decreased to 199/7 at a point. Saxena’s gritty innings helped the hosts place 303 and also take a 139-run lead. From the first innings, South Africa’s’ controlled a paltry 164 along with also a comparable script followed in their second dig for a top-order collapse decreased them down to five at stumps.

However, Gill added to his score and looked great for a hundred ahead of pacer Marco Jansen washed up him.

Saxena subsequently carried on the fantastic work with a lively 61 out of 96 balls, his unconquered knock laced with 11 fours. A century partnership involving all-rounder Saxena and Shardul Thakur (34) helped start up a possibly decisive lead.

The people were then tottering in 52/4 later Mohammed Siraj opened the floodgates by ignoring Pieter Malan at the first over and Aiden Markram followed a couple of overs after, caught by K.S. Bharat away Shardul Thakur.

Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem subsequently eliminated Khaya Zondo and Muthusamy to additional measure the tourists. But opener Zubayr Hamza (44) and Henrich Klaasen combined hands for a 42-run rack to stem the rot until Hamza was outside. At closing, wicketkeeper-batsman Klaasen (35 batting) and also Wiaan Mulder (12 batting) were at the crease.