Erwee leads the charge on day one

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Erwee leads the charge on day one | News Article
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The opening batter, Sarel Erwee, led the charge for South Africa A with 75 runs on day one of the third and final unofficial Test against India A on Monday in Bloemfontein, while Tony de Zorzi and Khaya Zondo, contributed with half-centuries as well.

The home side came through a tricky start with the help of a crucial stand between Erwee and De Zorzi (58 off 104 balls; 8 fours), before a key middle-order knock from Khaya Zondo (56 off 98 balls; 8 fours, 1 six) helped SA A to 249/7 after 89 overs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, South Africa lost inspirational captain, Pieter Malan (0) for no score before Zubayr Hamza (16) departed shortly after to leave the hosts on 44/2.

Having lost two partners at the crease, Erwee teamed up with Western Province batter, De Zorzi for a 111-run partnership for the third wicket to catapult SA A to 155/3 before substitute fielder, Upendra Yadav ran out the latter shortly after reaching his ninth First-Class fifty.

After raising his bat for half-century number 35 in the red-ball format, Erwee soon became the second of three victims to fall to India A’s leading bowler, Navdeep Saini (3/42) before the fast bowler removed Senuran Muthusamy for a duck with the home side on 187/5.

Zondo and Sinethemba Qeshile (22) then brought up an important 51-run stand for the sixth wicket, with the Dolphins batter dispatching eight fours and one six on his way to a fifty before both batters fell late on, leaving Marco Jansen (4*) and Migael Pretorius (1*) at the crease overnight.

Alongside Saini, Saurabh Kumar (2/ 52) and Deepak Chahar (1/ 35) were the other wicket-takers for India A on day one.

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