TRIVANDRUM – Lungi Ngidi and Dane Piedt ended with three wickets apiece as South Africa A again endured a tough time on day two of the first Test against India A at the Greenfield International Stadium in Trivandrum on Tuesday.
The hosts, who resumed on 129/2 overnight, were eventually dismissed for 303 – a lead of 139 – before the tourists responded with 125/5 as they reached the halfway stage of the game in trouble, 14 runs behind and with only five wickets still standing.
Fast bowler Ngidi finished as the pick of the bowlers with 3/50 in 16 overs, while fellow Proteas Test hopeful Piedt collected 3/84 in his 25.5 overs of spin.
It was another chastening day for the strong visiting team, whose line-up includes six players in the senior national team for a three-Test series against India next month.
They did manage to strike early on when Ankit Bawne (six) was cleaned up by exciting young fast bowler Marco Jansen (2/59), but captain Shubman Gill kept his side ticking with a strong 90 (153 balls, 13 fours, one six).