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India A And South Africa A Play another deadlock amid COVID-19 scare in visitor camp


Zubayr Hamza smashed a ton for South Africa A.© Cricket South Africa

Few false COVID-19 positive reports in the India A camp created a slight flutter before the visitors were involved in another stalemate with South Africa A as the three ‘Test’ series ended at zero-zero . The series, which was played against the backdrop of Omicron horror in the Rainbow Nation, would be canceled at the end of the business after two of India’s support staff initially tested positive for COVID 19 before their repeat test was negative. According to BCCI sources, the match would have been canceled halfway if the repeat tests were also positive and after it was confirmed that it was a false alarm, the authorities decided to continue with the proceedings.

The series of three matches before the senior team’s tour came under focus after several COVID-19 cases with Omicron variant were detected in the country. However, the BCCI was assured by CSA of players’ safety and the series continued.

India were 90 for 3 in 17 overs on Thursday and chased an unlikely 304 before the game was called off after South Africa declared their second innings at 311 for Zubayr Hamza’s 125, extending their overall lead to 303.

Krishnappa Gowtham got some wickets. Second bat Prithvi Shaw again made his way to 38 off 34 balls with eight fours before being knocked out of the field. The series was a good one for Abhimanyu Easwaran, who would remain in the mix with Priyank Panchal while Hanuma Vihari is now back in the main Test squad after steady scores.

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Arzan Nagwaswalla, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and spinner Saurabh Kumar are ready to stay back as bees and could be included in the main squad if someone is injured or isolated due to COVID-19. All the others fly back to India on a charter plane.

Short counts: SA 268 and 311/3 decl (Zubayr Hamza 125, Krishnappa Gowtham 2/81). India A 276 and 90/3 (Prithvi Shaw 38). Match drawn.

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