India A face South Africa A in 2nd unofficial Test amid threat of new COVID-19 variant | Cricket News

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BLOEMFONTEIN: Cooped up in a bio-bubble whereas a brand new COVID-19 variant causes panic all throughout right here, the India A cricket crew will tackle South Africa A within the second unofficial Check from Tuesday with some senior facet aspirants hoping to make an impression.
The primary four-day recreation led to a draw resulting from inclement climate on Friday final week even because the detection of the B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant, which was named Omicron by the WHO, pressured many international locations to impose worldwide journey restrictions on South Africa.
The unsure scenario additionally led to the Netherlands abandoning their final two ODIs towards South Africa which have been scheduled at Johannesburg.
Nevertheless, India A have stayed put in Bloemfontein inside a bio-bubble. The matches are being performed with out spectators and India senior crew can also be resulting from arrive within the nation by December 9 for an almost seven-week project beginning December 17.
If the scenario deteriorates, it could jeopardise the tour which includes three Exams, three ODIs and 4 T20Is throughout 4 venues — Johannesburg, Centurion, Paarl, and Cape City.
Nevertheless, the India A gamers might want to hold the ideas of the brand new variant at bay and concentrate on the duty at hand as they revive their battle with South Africa A right here.
Within the first recreation, India A batters produced an excellent present with Abhimanyu Easwaran hitting a stable hundred and skipper Priyank Panchal scoring 96 to take them to 308 for 4 in response to South Africa’s 509 declared when rain washed out the ultimate day.
Opener Prithvi Shaw additionally scored a wonderful 48 and he would look to take advantage of the great batting circumstances right here.
Hanuma Vihari, who was not picked for the 2 residence Exams towards New Zealand, may handle simply 25 right here and could be desperate to make up for it within the second recreation.
Nevertheless, the visiting crew’s bowling is an space of concern because it allowed the hosts to pile up a mountain of runs at Mangaung Oval.
Whereas Navdeep Saini, who has misplaced his place within the Indian crew, and his tempo accomplice Arzan Nagwaswalla took two wickets every, Umran Malik, who was picked within the A squad after impressing along with his additional tempo within the IPL, additionally snapped one.
Among the many three spinners, Rahul Chahar, who was part of the latest residence T20 collection towards New Zealand, conceded 125 runs for his one wicket, whereas Okay Gowtham and Baba Aparajith did not trigger any harm.
For the hosts, Pieter Malan (163) and Tony de Zorzi (117) shone shiny with respective tons, whereas three different batsmen — J Smith, Sinethemba Qeshile and George Linde — additional piled on the agony on the Indian bowlers with half-centuries.
Within the bowling division, quick bowler Lutho Sipamla and left-arm spinner George Linde scalped a few wickets every however the different bowlers weren’t very efficient.
India A: Priyank Panchal (c), Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Navdeep Saini, Okay Gowtham, Baba Aparajith, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Porel, Saurabh Kumar, Umran Malik, Upendra Yadav.
South Africa A: Peter Malan (c), Dominic Hendricks, Raynard van Tonder, Jason Smith, Tony de Zorzi, Sarel Erwee, Senuran Muthusamy, George Linde, Marco Jansen, Migael Pretorius, Sinethemba Qeshile, Beuran Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman.
Match begins 1.30pm IST.

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