Young Indian leg-spinner Rahul Chahar tried the notified referee after his LBW appeal was rejected during India A against South Africa A unofficial test in Bloemfontein. The incident happened on day 2 of the match on Wednesday. On the fifth ball in the 128th over by South Africa A-innings, Chahar tucked around the stumps and he hit right-handed player Sinethemba Qesile with a flatter delivery. Qeshile tried to play it off the back foot, but did not end up making contact. The ball knocked on his pillows and Chahar went up in a big appeal. When he saw the referee shake his head, the leg-spinner appealed again before throwing his sunglasses away in frustration as the referee did not change his mind.

The South African couple ended up taking a single, but Chahar was still seen having an animated discussion with the judge.

Chahar’s frustration was nurtured by the flat pitch and the dominant way the hosts struck in the first two days of the match after winning the throw. Captain Pieter Malan (163) and Tony de Zorzi (117) hit impressive centuries to strengthen South Africa A to mammoth 507/7 before deciding to declare the inning.

For India, seamstresses Navdeep Saini and Arzan Nagwaswalla got a couple of wickets each. Chahar, on the other hand, was the most expensive Indian bowler at the show. The leg-spinner gave 125 runs away in his 28.3 overs and picked up just one wicket.

India A, however, gave a strong response to South Africa A. Abhimanyu Easwaran scored 103 and added 142 runs to the second wicket with Priyank Panchal missing his century by just four runs.


When he opened batting with Panchal, Shaw scored 48 strikers out of 45 balls, including nine fours.
Hanuma Vihari, whose exclusion from the test side surprised many, was fired for 25.

At stumps on day 3, India reached A 308 for 4 with Baba Aparajith (19) and wicketkeeper batter Upendra Yadav (5) in the middle. They still follow South Africa A with 201 races.

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