Benoni Tour Game Called Off
Invitational XI v Indians - no play
Tour game, Benoni, day one
The opening day of India's two-day tour game against an Invitational XI in Benoni was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Benoni and the game was later called off completely.
For India, the game was due to be their only chance to get some red-ball preparation in ahead of the first of two Tests against South Africa next week.
However, they were limited to a small amount of net practice on the match pitch due to the weather.
It was not long after the decision was taken to delay the toss that the umpires realised that no play would be possible due to a wet outfield.
Later in the day, the decision was taken to call the match off completely.
India Test squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Pragyan Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav
Invitational XI: Stephen Cook (captain), Temba Bavuma, Corne Dry, Simon Harmer, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Eddie Leie, Dane Paterson, Rilee Rossouw, Yaseen Vallie, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas, Hardus Viljoen
Toss for two-day practice game at Benoni has been delayed due to wet outfield. Not really good news for India. #SAvInd— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 13, 2013
Wet patches just at the bowler's run-up. And a few in the outfield. Sun is out but could be a long delay this at Benoni. #SAvInd— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 13, 2013
Some disappointing news from Benoni. No play will be possible today becos of wet outfield. #SAvInd— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 13, 2013
Team India will be using match pitch for practice today. Nets being set up now. #SAvInd— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 13, 2013
Both teams to return tomorrow and hope for 9am start. Will be a one-day practice game then, if play is possible tomorrow. #SAvInd— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 13, 2013
The two-day practice match at Benoni has been called off. Day one's play was abandoned earlier today now tomorrow's play is off too. #SAvInd— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 13, 2013
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