Sardul Thakur

Pradosh Ranj In their draw with South Africa A, Paul scored the game’s highest point total (163).

In the game that ended in a tie between India A and South Africa A at Potchefstroom, fast bowler Prasidh Krishna and batter Pradosh Ranjan Paul struck the biggest blows for their side. In the first innings, Shardul Thakur showed promise as an all-rounder by taking a wicket and quickly reaching a half-century.

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If Mohammed Shami is sidelined due to a persistent knee ailment on Boxing Day. Prasidh who is part of India’s Test squad for the two-Test series in South Africa may make his Test debut.

In the match against South Africa A, Prasidh earned his third five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, which caused a collapse in the lower order. Early on the third day, the hosts collapsed to 319 all out from 293 for 4. With a hat-trick spanning two overs, he finished with 5 for 43 in 18.1 overs, bowling the final three batters. Jean du Plessis, who top scored with 106, and Rubin Hermann each took 95 wickets for Prasidh.

In 26 overs, left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar grabbed 3 for 83 runs. While Shardul and Vidwath Kaverappa each claimed one wicket.

Paul, who scored his fourth hundred in first-class cricket, spearheaded India A’s response. Paul earned the game’s highest score of 163, making him the highest run scorer for Tamil Nadu in the 2022–23 Ranji season. In order to overcome a lull and take the lead. He cobbled together two century stands: 130 with Sarfaraz Khan. Who struck 68, and then 152 with Shardul. After Shardul hit 76 off 98 balls, India A concluded with 417. Evan Jones, an all-around seam bowler for South Africa A, took 4 for 100.

There was not enough time to force a result following the first-day washout. South Africa A finished with a total of 152 for 2, with half-centuries from Yaseen Valli and du Plessis, before the match concluded in a draw. Tushar Deshpande, a seamer from Mumbai, and Saurabh claimed the first two wickets.

On Boxing Day in Benoni, members of the Team India A squad will play a three-day match against the country’s Test team before concluding the tour with a four-day match against South Africa A.