WAYANAD, Aug 28: Left-arm spinner Axar Patel scalped four wickets without conceding a single run in a destructive spell as India A clinched the unofficial cricket Test series 1-0 against South Africa A with an imposing innings and 81 runs victory in the second and final match here today.
The home team declared at the overnight score of 417/8 before bundling out South Africa for a mere 76 on the fourth and final day here.
Patel was the wrecker-in-chief in a deadly spell during which he bowled six maidens and picked up four wickets to destroy the visiting side. Patel�s figures in the second innings read an impressive 6-6-0-4 for the match figures of nine for 92. The Indians thus won the series as the first match had ended in a draw.
Having declared on 417 for eight, with a solid first-innings lead of 157, the host bowlers went all out and simply wrecked havoc.
Besides Patel, off-spinner Jayant Yadav (2/10) claimed two wickets, while Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma and Baba Aparajith accounted for a wicket apiece.
South Africa A 1st innings: 260
India A 1st innings: 417/8 declared
South Africa A 2nd innings: R Hendricks b Patel 1, S van Zyl b Yadav 10, G Cloete c Bains b Thakur 4, O Ramela c Shankar b Aparajith 7, T Bavuma b Patel 3, Q de Kock c Mukund b Yadav 20, D Vilas c Rayudu b Patel 3, D Piedt c Shankar b Patel 5, G Viljoen not out 9, L Tsotsobe lbw b Sharma 0, B Hendricks absent hurt; Extras (B-11, LB-2, NB-1) 14. Total (all out; 31.4 overs) 76. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-20, 3-23, 4-33, 5-43, 6-48, 7-62, 8-67, 9-76. Bowling: S Thakur 8-2-20-1, J Yadav 10-5-10-2, A Patel 6-6-0-4, K Sharma 3.4-1-16-1, B Aparajith 4-0-17-1. � PTI