Two of India's support staff initially tested positive for Covid-19 before another round of tests came out negative. Had the repeat tests been positive, the South Africa A vs India A Test match would have been called off.
Chasing 234 runs for victory, India were well on course for a win at 155/3 in their second innings when bad light forced early stumps with Hanuma Vihari unbeaten on 72. Abhimanyu Easwaran contributed with 55.
In reply to South Africa A's total, Priyank Panchal (24) and Prithvi Shaw (42) gave India A good start with a 57-run opening wicket stand. Earlier, coming into bat at No.8, Marco Jansen top-scored for hosts with an unbeaten 70 off 123 balls.
India A pacers Navdeep Saini (2/54), Ishan Porel (2/26) and Arzan Nagwaswalla (1/44) shared five wickets between them as South Africa A finished Day 1 on 233/7. The first match ended in a draw.
The Indian men's senior cricket team is scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and four T20 internationals during their tour of South Africa which begins on December 17. India A side is already in the Rainbow nation.
The new coronavirus variant is putting a lot of sports schedule South Africa in jeopardy. The junior hockey World Cup for women has already been put on hold.
India A captain Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran were batting on 45 and 27 respectively at the draw of stumps on Day 2 against South Africa A.
South Africa A will play a three-match 'Test' series against India A. The Indians have several IPL stars in their squad. Watch live action.
India A and South Africa A will play three four-day matches between November 23 and December 9.
Drafted into the SRH squad as a replacement for T Natarajan, who was down with Covid, Umran Malik surprised everyone with his raw pace and clocked the fastest delivery of the tournament against RCB.
Shubman Gill's 90 helped India 'A' in gaining a first-innings lead of 139 over South Africa 'A' on the second day of the first unofficial Test against South Africa 'A' in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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