India's practice match in Benoni abandoned

Published: Saturday, December 14, 2013, 11:20 [IST]
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India's practice match abandoned

Benoni, Dec 14: Indian batsmen's wish to get a decent hit out there in the middle and Zaheer Khan's chance to get into the groove were dealt a blow as their two-day practice match against the South African Inviatational XI at Benoni had to be abandoned because of a wet outfield.

Instead, the Indian team ended up practising all by themselves, setting up nets around the main wicket and going through their drills, on day one.

There was a chance that there could be some action on the second day, should there be no more rain. However, late in the evening, the team management informed that the match had been called off.

The Indian team, however, will visit Benoni today again and have another practice session at ground.

Earlier on Friday morning, reportedly, the Indian team management had a discussion with match officials, who gave them a go-ahead to practice on the central pitch, the one slated to be used for this game.

The Indian team went through their paces thereafter, setting up three groups to get the fielding and catching practice out of the way first.

After that, the batsmen all padded up and took their turns batting to the Indian bowlers, as no net bowlers were made available Friday (December 12).

There was nothing unusual in the manner the Indian team conducted their nets. As has been the case over the years, a pair of batsmen entered the two adjacent nets.

Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, took turns in pairs. Then came Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, followed by skipper MS Dhoni and R Aswhin.

Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja only took throw downs in the meantime, taking their turns to bat only in the latter stages.


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