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South Africa-India Tour Game Brought Forward

South Africa-India Tour Game Brought Forward
Benoni will host the two-day game from Friday to avoid a clash with Nelson Mandela's funeral
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India's two-day tour game against a South African XI in Benoni will now begin on 13th December, one day earlier than originally scheduled, to avoid a clash with Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Mandela will be buried on 15th December and the Indian board (BCCI) agreed to move the game back one day after discussions with Cricket South Africa (CSA).

"Cricket South Africa (CSA) today expressed its appreciation to the Management of the Indian Cricket Team for agreeing to bring forward the dates of their two-day warm-up against a South African Invitation XI by one day," a statement on CSA's website read.

The game will be India's final chance to prepare for the opening Test with match preparation before the two-game series gets underway on 18th December in Johannesburg.

The second Test begins in Durban on 26th December.

Mandela's death last week was mourned globally and cricketers paid their respects with a minute's silence ahead of matches and by wearing black armbands.

Football, rugby and other sports matches around the world also paid tribute, some with a minute's applause instead of a silence.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

5th December: 1st ODI, Johannesburg

RSA 358-4 beat IND 217 by 141 runs
8th December: 2nd ODI, Durban

RSA 280-6 beat IND 146 by 134 runs
11th December: 3rd ODI, Centurion

RSA 301-8 v IND - no result, rain
18th-22nd December: 1st Test, Johannesburg

IND 280 & 421 drew with RSA 244 & 450-7
26th-30th December: 2nd Test, Durban

RSA 500 & 59-0 beat IND 334 & 223 by 10 wickets