Tour match, Arundel, final day: India A 319 & 160-3 drew with South Africa 463
South Africa's final warm-up match before Thursday's first Test against
England petered out to the inevitable draw.
Boeta Dippenaar will hope his 37 will get him into the Test team
But the final day at the attractive Sussex ground provided some important match practice for the tourists.
Shaun Pollock, Boeta Dippenaar and Robin Peterson all scored some handy runs though the bowling was less penetrative.
South Africa put on 113 in the first session with Pollock, Dippenaar and Robin Peterson all making scores between 30 and 40.
Pollock, nought not out overnight, fell when he inside-edged an attempted drive off paceman Amit Bhandari.
Pollock faced 37 balls and hit one straight six and three fours, sharing a stand of 53 in 90 balls with Dippenaar.
Dippenaar's innings was not without significance for the Free State right-hander.
With Jacques Kallis still back at home in South Africa visiting his terminally-ill father, he is competing with Neil McKenzie for a Test spot.
But on 37 he got himself out turning Salvi straight to square leg. He had faced 97 balls in a patient display of batting.
Three balls later Aavishkar Salvi had Dewald Pretorius caught behind for nought by wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.
Peterson, who could feature in the Test team ahead of rival left-arm spinner Paul Adams, fell next.
He made 32 including seven fours before he was caught in the gully by India A captain Shiv Sunder Das off left-arm quick Irfan Pathan jnr.
His runs had come off only 26 deliveries faced.
South Africa were all out shortly after lunch before former skipper Shaun Pollock took the first wicket of the India A second innings.
That came when Das (15) played on after trying to cut a ball that was too close to him.
Monde Zondeki struck next when he had left-hander Gautam Gambhir (18) caught behind by wicket-keeper Mark Boucher in the 12th over.
But only one further wicket fell, when Peterson had Wasim Jaffer caught behind for 54 with Hemang Badani finishing on 58 not out.
South Africa: H H Gibbs (Capt), G C Smith, G Kirsten, J A Rudolph, H H Dippenaar, M V Boucher (Wkt), S M Pollock, D Pretorius, R J Peterson, M Ntini, M Zondeki.
India A: S S Das (Capt), G Gambhir, W Jaffer, H K Badani,
A T Rayudu, P A Patel (Wkt), A Mishra, M Kartik, I K Pathan, A Bhandari, A M Salvi.