Gill, that has been an opener for Punjab in the longer format, performed Lungi Ngidi’s (1/18 in 6 overs) first spell as he confronted 108 balls, hitting nine fours and a six as India A were in command attaining 129 for two at stumps. Shubman Gill was back in form with an unbeaten 66 following bowlers place the stage, dismissing the side for 164 on the first day of the’Unofficial’ Evaluation in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
Gill, that has been an opener for Punjab in the longer format, performed Lungi Ngidi’s (1/18 in 6 overs) first spell as he confronted 108 balls, hitting nine fours and a six as India A were in command attaining 129 for two at stumps.
With India looking out for an opener that will replace an out-of-form KL Rahul, a big innings from Gill, will put him in contention alongside Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal.
The youngster had two stable partnerships — 48 for the opening wicket with Ruturaj Gaikwad (30) and 56 for the second wicket with Ricky Bhui (26).
This was following the bowling attack performed admirably demolishing the South Africans for a meagre score in 51.5 overs.
Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was stable as ever (2/37).
After being drubbed 1-4 from the five-match ODI series, the South Africa’A’ could have hoped for a change in fortunes, but it was a difficult day for them.
Sent into bat from the host, the visiting side was jolted early when senior group opener Aiden Markram was caught behind by wicketkeeper Kona Bharat away Mohammed Siraj in the first over of the game.
After Siraj got the prized scalp of Markram, Thakur took over, dismissing another opener Pieter Malan (0), Khayelihle Zondo (6) and the harmful Heinrich Klaasen (0).
With South Africa’A’ tottering in 22 for 5 and the host bowlers being on goal, Markram’s side appeared in danger of being bundled out for a double-digit score.
India’A’ 129 for two in 38 overs (Shubman Gill 66 batting, Rituraj Gaikwad 30, Ricky Bhui 26).