press trust of india
Rustenburg, 18 August
Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina joined the run feast with superb centuries as India A posted a huge 582 for nine against South Africa A to take command of the first unofficial Test, here today. Sharma scored 119 while Raina blasted 135 as the two overnight batsmen ripped apart the home bowling attack on the second day of the match.
India skipper Cheteshwar Pujara had struck 137 yesterday to put his side in a strong position.
Sharma and Raina shared a 106-run partnership for the fourth wicket, which was broken when the former was caught by Temba Bavuma off JP Duminy at the fag end of the morning session.
India had resumed their innings at 281 for three and declared after rattling up a huge 582 for nine as Proteas failed to break the last-wicket stand between Shahbaz Nadeem (46) and Jaydev Unadkat (31).
The two batsmen added 82 runs for the last wicket. South Africa were 20 for one in reply as Unadkat had opener Reeza Hendricks (10) caught behind. Dean Elgar and Simon Harmer were at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day.
Sharma added another 49 runs to his overnight score before being dismissed, but not before tormenting Protea bowlers with 14 boundaries and two sixes.