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Benoni Tour Game Called Off

Rain prevented any play in Benoni
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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

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