India's South Africa tour rejigged, reduced to three tests and as many as ODIs

India’s SA tour rejigged; Tests & ODIs ON, T20Is to be played later

The India’s tour of South Africa has been confirmed by Cricket South Africa. The rejigged tour consists of three test matches and as many as ODI games. The four T20I matches which were scheduled earlier, will be played later next year.

Omicron Effect : International Tournaments, Series Cancelled – Clarity on India’s South Africa tour awaited, amidst new COVID-19 Variant

The new series calendar has yet not been announced  by Cricket South Africa as Indian team’s arrival is postponed by a week. Reports suggests that the first test will be played on 26th December. Amidst rise of COVID-19 cases, due to the new variant Omicron has led to the doubts around the series.

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India dominate after wrapping New Zealand for 62

On day 2, India started off their innings from 221 runs. Ajaz Patel bowled a dream spell in this innings and took all 10 Indian wickets, becoming only the third cricketer to do so after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble. The Indian batters were clueless against him, whereas on the other hand, Mayank Agarwal scored 150 runs before getting caught off a Ajaz Patel delivery.

Ajaz Patel roars after picking up his tenth wicket, India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Wankhede, 2nd day, December 4, 2021
Ajaz Patel roars after picking up his tenth wicket in Mumbai.

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In response, New Zealand was bundled out for just 62 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 4 wickets, while Siraj took 3 early wickets for India. Captain Virat Kohli did not enforce the follow on, and the openers were sent out to bat. India are 69 without a loss. Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara are on the crease.

Brief scores: India 325 (Mayank Agarwal 150; Ajaz Patel 10-119) and 69/0 (Mayank Agarwal 38*) lead New Zealand 62 (Kyle Jamieson 17; Ravichandran Ashwin 4-8) by 332 runs.

Babar, Azhar rebuild for Pakistan before bad light ends Day 1 early

Babar Azam gets down for a lap sweep, Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, 1st day, December 4, 2021, Mirpur
Babar Azam gets down for a lap sweep.

Babar Azam’s unbeaten fifty help Pakistan to get out of an early trouble against Bangladesh in the second test. Pakistan managed to score 161/2 on the opening day, before bad light forces stumps in Dhaka. Babar Azam and Azhar Ali added 91 runs for the 3rd wicket. Taijul Islam picked both the wickets of Pakistan falling on day 1 .

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Openers laid a good foundation for the visitor only to get back to the pavilion, leaving Babar and Azhar to rebuild the innings after 70/2. Babar Azam and Azhar Ali survived several moments in their innings. Momentum could’ve swung towards Bangladesh if Khaled Ahmed had not put down a tough chance given by Babar Azam on 39 off Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 161/2 (Babar Azam 60; Taijul Islam 2/49)

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