India A vs South Africa A: Stephen Cook hits ton; Siraj, Shahbaz claim two wickets each
Stephen Cook and David Miller give South Africa A a strong start before India strike with pace and spin towards the end of first day’s play in the unofficial Test in Pretoria.cricket Updated: Aug 12, 2017 23:31 IST
Discarded Proteas opener Stephen Cook struck 120 to carry South Africa A to 274/4 against India A at stumps on the first day of their unofficial four-day Test at the Assupol Tuks Oval in Pretroria on Saturday.
Cook, who was left out of South Africa’s Test series in England, shared in a 138-run third-wicket partnership with David Miller, who scored a 115-run 78 with 10 fours.
Cook faced 252 balls and hit eight fours to guide the innings after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat. He put on a 57-run opening partnership with skipper Aiden Markram (22) and added 73 runs with Rudi Second (32).
India A kept up their fight with pace and spin. Mohammed Siraj, the 23-year-old pacer, and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem claimed two wickets each. Siraj had Miller caught and bowled late in the day before Nadeem removed Cook to bring India A back into the frame.
India A, coached by Rahul Dravid, won the Tri-series, defeating South Africa A by seven wickets in the final on August 8.
The second unofficial Test will be played from August 19.