Board President’s XI vs South Africa highlights at Vizianagaram: Markram shines on rain-hit day
BP XI vs South Africa: Follow highlights of Board President XI vs South Africa three-day practice match at Vizianagaram
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Board President’s XI vs South Africa as it happened: As expected. The light did not improve and stumps has been called on day 2. The day belonged to Aiden Markram, who scored a sparkling century after South Africa opted to bat first on a rain-hit day. Temba Bavuma too played his part with an unbeaten half century. As far as Board President XI bowlers were concerned, Umesh Yadav was very expensive. He did pick up the wicket of Dean Elgar but conceded runs at an economy rate of 4.43. Left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja picked up two wickets but he too was on the expensive side. South Africa ended the day at 199 for 4. The toss took place on day 2 after the first day’s play was washed out. This is the only practice match before the three-match Test series begins from October 2 at Visakhapatnam.
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Stumps Day 2
As expected. The light did not improve and stumps has been called on day 2. The day belonged to Aiden Markram, who scored a sparkling century after South Africa opted to bat first on a rain-hit day. Temba Bavuma too played his part with an unbeaten half century. As far as Board President XI bowlers were concerned, Umesh Yadav was very expensive. He did pick up the wicket of Dean Elgar but conceded runs at an economy rate of 4.43. Left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja picked up two wickets but he too was on the expensive side. South Africa ended the day at 199 for 4.
Bad light stops play
Bad light has stopped play at Vizianagaram with South Africa at 199 for 4. Generally the light doesn’t improve at this time and if it doesn’t, it will be stumps on day 2.
Du Plessis departs
OUT! Huge wicket, it’s the South African captain. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja gets his second wicket and both of them have been leg before wickets. Dun Plessis will be disappointed, he has squandered his only opportunity to get a score before the Test series. du Plessis departs for 9 off 29 balls. South Africa 199 for 4 after 50 overs.
The figures of BP XI bowlers
7 overs, 0 maidens 1 wicket economy rate 4.43
10 overs, 3 maidens, 34 runs, 0 wickets, economy 3.40
5 overs 1 maiden, 10 runs, 1 wicket, economy 2.00
10 overs, 1 maiden, 44 runs, 0 wicket, economy 4.40
7 overs, 1 maiden, 26 runs, 0 wicket, economy 3.71
9 overs, 1 maiden, 51 runs, 1 wicket, economy 5.67
Fifty for Bavuma
Temba Bavuma gets to his half century. It has been a free-flowing innings from the young man. He has hit 9 boundaries and is batting on 53 off 84 balls at the moment. South Africa: 197 for 3 after 48 overs
Markram retires on 100
A brilliant innings from Aiden Markram. He gets to his century and decides he has had enough of match practice. Markram retires for 100 off 118 balls. His innings was laced with 18 fours and two sixes. South Africa: 187/3
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis comes out in the middle
Markam closing in on 100
150 up for South Africa. This has been a very very good partnership. The two experienced players Markram and Bavuma have got together to drag their side out of trouble and position them in a strong position. Their partnership is now 74 with Markram batting on 86 off 111 and Bavuma at 31 off 56. South Africa 152/3 after 38 overs.
Bavuma looking good
Temab Bavuma just looks a class apart. He had a very good debut in the T20Is prior to this and now has started off his red ball campaign on the right note. Ominous signs for the BP XI bowlers.
Fifty for Markram
There’s the half century for Aiden Markram, a very very good innings by the young man. We all knew he had potential and now he has give a first account of that with a very good innings.
Jadeja removes Hamza
OUT! LBW! A much needed breakthrough for BP XI, Hamza was threatening to take the game away from the hosts. But it wasn’t to be. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja gets the important wicket for India. Hamza goes for well made 22 off 26 balls. South Africa 78 for 3.
Temba Bavuma comes out to bat at No.5
Hamza on the charge
Right handed batsman Zubeyr Hamza has taken it upon himself to tear the BP XI bowling attack apart. It appears that Hamza has walked out to bat thinking this as T20 game. Otherwise how would you explain a strike rate of 91.66 on rain-effected damp pitch? He is batting on 22 off 24 balls with 3 fours and a six. South Africa: 78/2 after 21 overs.
Fifty up for South Africa
There’s the fifty for the visitors.They have lost a couple of wickets but that hasn’t deterred them from playing their shots. Aiden Markram is leading from the front with his positive intent. He is batting on 32 off 54 balls at the moment with 7 boundaries. South Africa 55 for 2 after 17 overs.
Brilliant from youngster, brings the ball back to de Bruyn and he had no answer. Ishan Porel strikes and BP XI have their second wicket. de Bruyn goes for 6 off 17 balls. South Africa: 33/2 after 12.3 overs.
Zubayr Hamza is the next man in for South Africa.
Ishan Porel comes into the attack
Good start by Ishan Porel. He starts off with a maiden. The Bengal lad who was a part India’s U-19 team’s World Cup winning squad in 2018 has been on the radar ever since. This is a good opportunity for him to grab the eyeballs of the selectors
Umesh Yadav strikes
Just as we were talking about how wayward Umesh has been, he decides to turn it around and in some style. He removes Dean Elgar to give India’s Board President XI the first breakthrough, Priyank Panchal takes the catch. Elgar departs for 6 off 18 balls. South Africa: 23/1 in 6.1 overs.
T de Bruyn is comes in to bat at No.3
Flying Markram and wayward Umesh
Not the start Umesh Yadav was looking for, he has given away four fours in two overs and has been taken to the cleaners Markram. The South Africa captain looks in fine touch, the same unfortunately, cannot be said about Umesh, who has been wayward to say the least. South Africa 27/0 after 6 overs
Umesh Yadav bowled a pretty good first over but both South African openers got off the mark. Shardul Thakur started off brilliantly, he bowled a maiden in his first over. South Africa 2/0 after 2 overs
Markram and Dean Elgar are the openers
Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar have walked out to open the batting for South Africa. It looks it will be Umesh Yadav who will start the proceedings for India with the new ball.
All the members can bat or bowl
This game hasn’t been given official status meaning all the members of the sides can bat or bowl. This, however, doesn’t mean that more than 11 cricketers get to bat or bowl in an innings.
South Africa (Batting XI, Fielding XI): Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Dane Piedt, Heinrich Klaasen, Zubayr Hamza, Senuran Muthusamy
Board Presidents XI (Batting XI, Fielding XI): Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma(c), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Priyank Panchal, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, Srikar Bharat(w), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has won the toss and has decided to bat first. It wasn’t such a difficult decision after all. With a day and a half lost due to rain, there was no option for South Africa but to bat first.
Some good news
Looks like we are going to have some action. Finally, the weather has cleared out and the captains could walk out for the toss at moment now.
Vihari excited for home Test debut
“First time, I will be playing international in India for India. It is very exciting. That too in Vizag, my home association. I am looking forward to it,” said India middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari. (Here’s the full story)
‘I should’ve scored more centuries
“It is a little bit frustrating. If I look back at my brief Test career, there have been opportunities where I could have added a lot more hundreds in that century column. But things have just happened the way they do. In my mind, my goal is to contribute to the team and obviously, in the end, you will be judged on the meaningful contributions that you make—the hundreds that you make—and that is definitely something that is within my sight. So, it isn’t so much pressure, rather it eggs me on,” said Temba Bavuma. (Read the full interview here)
Things not looking that good at the moment. There are chances of thunderstorms between 1-2 PM with more than 50% chances of heavy rain. The rain expected to continue till 4 PM, meaning there is very little chance of any play even today.
Suresh Raina comeback
As we wait for the match to begin here is some interesting bit to read about Suresh Raina. “I can be the No. 4 for India. I have batted in that slot before and delivered. I am looking forward to an opportunity with two T20 World Cups coming up,” the 32-year-old told The Hindu on Thursday. (Read the full story here)
What’s at stake?
Generally, focus is on the visiting side more in a practice game. But this BP XI vs South Africa match is slightly different in that respect. There will be as much focus (if not more) on India’s BP XI as there will be on South Africa. Rohit Sharma will open in whites for the first time and then Umesh Yadav will give a trial run before the Test series. Yadav obviously, replaced Bumrah in India’s Test squad after the latter was ruled out.
Players to watch out for
BP XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Umesh Yadav, Jalaj Saxena, Shardul Thakur
South Africa: Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Lungi Ngidi
Here’s a look at the squads
Board President’s XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav
South Africa Test squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.
The rains have relented but the wet outfield is a huge concern. It has forced a delay even on the second day. The match was supposed to start at 9:30 local time but it has now been confirmed that the start has been delayed due to wet outfield.
According to weather reports there is a heavy cloud cover at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex,Vizianagaram. It has been raining here since morning, though it’s not relentless but it’s enough to keep the players inside the dressing room. Looks like another long day for the players of both side and us.
No early start
We are closing on start time of Day 2 and the toss is yet to take place. This really doesn’t augur well. The Day 1 washed out and the chances of an early start on second day to make up at least some of the lost overs has gone up in smoke pretty early.
The focus remains
Apart from the visiting South African side, all eyes will be on Rohit Sharma, who will open for the first time in red ball cricket and Umesh Yadav, who has been drafted into the Indian Test side as a replacement of the injured Jasprit Bumrah
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the three-day practice match between India’s Board President’s XI and South Africa at Vizianagaram. There was no play on Day 1. So we keep our fingers crossed for some action today.