Captain Shubman Gill missed out on a century but his 90-run innings helped India A to take a lead of 139 runs in the first innings on Tuesday, the second day of the first unofficial Test match against South Africa A by 303 runs. Jalaj Saxena also scored an unbeaten 61 for India A in this four-day match. By the end of the day's play, India A have taken five wickets for 125 runs in the second innings of South Africa A. South Africa A is still 14 runs behind India A. South Africa A's first innings was limited to 164 runs. India A started the day at 129 for two when Gill 66 and Ankit Bawne were playing for six.
Bawne, however, was bowled off Marco Janssen in the second over of the day without adding any runs to yesterday's score. Gill then joined Kona Bharat (33) and both shared a 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Dan Pete bowled Gill and broke the partnership. He hit 13 fours and a six in a 153-ball innings. The Indian team was in a bit of trouble after losing seven wickets before 200 runs but Saxena and Shardul Thakur (34) put on a century partnership to take the team closer to 300 runs and ensure a big lead. All-rounder Saxena hit 11 fours in a 96-ball unbeaten innings. Lungi Ngidi and Pete took three wickets each for South Africa A while Janssen and Lutho Sipamla had two successes each.
South Africa A's second innings also did not start well. The team lost four wickets for 52 runs. Jubera Hamza scored 44 and Heinrich Klassen unbeaten 35 to take the position. At the end of the day's play, Klan was accompanied by Vian Mulder (12) at the crease. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem picked up two wickets in the second innings, while Mohammad Siraj, Thakur and Krishnappa Gautam took one wicket each.