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Last Updated: Monday, 15 November, 2004, 12:27 GMT
Mongia puts SA on receiving end
Tour match, Jaipur, day two of three (stumps): South Africa 226-5 dec; Indian Board President's XI 320-5

Dinesh Mongia
Mongia will play for Leicestershire in the 2005 domestic season
Batsman Dinesh Mongia reminded India's selectors of his ability by scoring an unbeaten 135 for a Board President's XI against South Africa in Jaipur.

The home side were 320-5 at the close on day two, replying to South Africa's 226-5 declared.

Mongia hit 16 fours and shared an unbroken stand of 113 with Hemang Badani, who reached 49 not out.

Five different bowlers claimed a wicket each but spinner Justin Ontong conceded 100 runs from his 19 overs.

His inability to contain the President's XI batsmen was a worrying sign for the tourists ahead of the first Test, which starts in Kanpur on Saturday.

Shaun Pollock proved hard to get away as always and there was encouragement in the performance of uncapped all-rounder Zander de Bruyn, who took 1-10 from 11 tight overs.

But vice-captain Boeta Dippenaar said: "It's a wake-up call for us. All the bowlers struggled today but we have to learn from the negatives. I hope they'll improve by the first Test."

South Africa made a good start to the day, reducing the President's XI to 61-3 after they had resumed on 4-0.

Gautam Gambhir was caught behind off Pollock for 26 and new ball partner Makhaya Ntini accounted for Dheerav Jadhav, who was adjudged lbw for 12.

Former Test batsman Sadogoppan Ramesh fell in similar fashion for nine as Andrew Hall claimed his first victim of the tour.

But Venugopal Rao helped Mongia steady the innings by contributing 29 to a stand of 56 before he was caught by Hall off de Bruyn.

Captain Graeme Smith tried eight bowlers, sending six overs of off-spin down himself to little effect, but the President's XI regained the initiative in the final session as Mongia progressed to and beyond his 19th first-class hundred.

Mahi Dhoni shared in a fifth wicket partnership of 90, making 39 before he edged an attempted reverse sweep off Ontong and wicket-keeper Thami Tsolekile picked up his second catch.




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