KL Rahul, Naman Ojha make fighting fifties for Board President’s XI opposite SA

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Mumbai: Lokesh Rahul extended his box for inclusion in India’s initial Test XI with a stoical half century, running Board President’s XI past a formidable duration on day one of a two-day use diversion opposite visiting South Africa on Friday.

Watched by selector Syed Saba Karim, Rahul showed copiousness of courage opposite a tip category South African new round conflict before opening out to play some appreciative shots and make 72 in a stay of 292 mins during a Brabourne Stadium.

Rahul, who struck 13 fours in 132 balls and stood adult to a new round well, directed BP XI out of a rut with a partnership of 105 runs for a third wicket with Karnataka teammate Karun Nair, who scored 44 in 108 minutes’ stay.

KL Rahul plays a shot during a compare opposite South Africa PTIKL Rahul plays a shot during a compare opposite South Africa PTI

KL Rahul plays a shot during a compare opposite South Africa PTI

Wicketkeeper Naman Ojha after feasted on a spinners while creation 52 in 110 mins with 7 fours and a 6 before he was discharged by Dale Steyn for his third wicket when a quick bowler came behind for his third spell, after tea.

Hardik Pandya (47) used a prolonged hoop after to pound 3 sixes and 6 fours before giving off spinner Simon Harmer a second of his 3 wickets for a innings and afterwards Board XI were all out for 296 in 78.5 overs, only before a second new round became due.

In a remaining time, a visiting openers Stiaan outpost Zyl (18) and Dean Elgar (18 not out) done a sprightly start of 38 before a former was discharged by Shardul Thakur.

Thakur afterwards sent behind night look-out Harmer (4) in a final over to leave a visitors during 46 for 2 during stumps. The Mumbai middle pacer finished with 2 for 28.

In a morning, after opting to bat a home group plunged into difficulty when opener Unmukt Chand poked during a fifth round from Steyn that swung divided and edged to a trip cordon.

Board XI captain Cheteshwar Pujara, also fighting to get into a final XI for a opening Test commencing during Mohali on 5 November, was a subsequent to go, circumference a other new round bowler, Vernon Philander, to gully for 5 after a stay of 23 minutes.

And when Shreyas Iyer was beaten for gait by Steyn to be aught behind for 9 by a diving wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, a innings was wobbling during 27 for 3 by a 9th over and Steyn’s burning initial spell was a really considerable 5-1-13-2.

The apocalyptic conditions called for some discreet proceed opposite a manly gait battery of South Africa to tarry and reconstruct and Board XI found a group in Rahul and Nair to do a job.

The two, circumference a few balls, saw off a dual opening bowlers while sportive counsel opposite Steyn, Phialander and a lanky Morne Morkel, who did not concur a run in his 5 overs bowled in dual spells.

Nair played dual glorious front feet cover drives off Kagiso Rabada in an over before lunch to uncover his intent, and afterwards both a batsmen played a spin bowlers absolutely to take Board XI to 100 for 3 during lunch.

The twin played some streaky shots for fours opposite Steyn and Philander shortly after lunch – one of those also assisting Rahul to strech his 50 in 92 balls and 139 mins with 10 fours.

It was afterwards no warn to see Nair shortly circumference a round from Philander to Vilas behind a wicket and finish a fourth wicket partnership.

Rahul was propitious to corner Steyn twice for bounds before spinners came on to soothe a gait bowlers. Eager to make a many of this opportunity, he top-edged a toil brush to excellent leg to give Harmer, who is expected to play during Mohali, his fourth wicket of a innings.

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Ojha and Jackson done happy opposite a slower bowlers compartment tea when a measure review 208 for 5 before descending in a initial half hour after resumption.

Jackson was held by Steyn off leg spinner Imran Tahir and afterwards Ojha, who faced 80 balls in a 110-minute essay, edged to a trip thong when Steyn (3 for 46) came behind for his third spell to leave Board XI during 226 for 7.

Morkel, entrance off an damage lay-off, extracted high rebound in his brief bowling stint.

Philander too showed his potential by dismissing Pujara and Nair for total of 2 for 37. Harmer was a many successful spin bowler with total of 3 for 41.

Both teams had motionless to utilize all a members of a patrol in a morning.

Brief scores: Board President’s XI 296 (K L Rahul 72, K Nair 44, N Ojha 52, H Pandya 47; D Steyn 3 for 46, V Philander 2 for 37, S Harmer 3 for 41). South Africa 46 for 2 (D Elgar not out 18; S Thakur 2 for 28).

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