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IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: India crush South Africa by eight wickets to level series (1:1)

India win by 8 wickets in the third and final Test against South Africa at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur.
With this win, Team India have levelled the Future Cup series and retained their position in the ICC Test rankings. Harbhajan Singh was declared Man of the Series for picking an amazing haul of 19 wickets in the series.
Playing their second innings, South Africa were cheaply bowled out for 121-all out on Day 3 of the third Test. Spinner Harbhajan took a four wicket haul, while Virender Sehwag struck three vital wickets leaving Indian batsmen to chase a measly 62 run target to win the match and level the series.
Opening India's second innings play on a bouncy wicket on Day 3, Sehwag scored a quickfire 22 in 12 balls, with two huge sixes off Paul Harris. Sourav Ganguly on 13 and Dravid on 18 runs remained unbeaten at the end of play.
Earlier, replying to the Proteas' first innings total of 265-all out, India put up an aggregate of 325 runs taking a lead of 60 runs. Ganguly top scored playing a handsome knock of 87 runs, with VVS Laxman giving him company in the top scorers with a 33rd Test fifty. The Bengal Tiger was rightly adjudged Man of the Match.
IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: India 325 & 64-2 beat South Africa 265 & 121 by eight wickets

IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: Ganguly gives India slender lead

Sourav Ganguly helped India establish a 23 run lead to ensure the third Test against South Africa. Ganguly scored 87 of India's 288-9, sharing partnerships of 65 with Yuvraj Singh (32) and 60 with captain Mahendra Dhoni (32).
Resuming after lunch at 88 for two, the hosts found themselves slipping in the post-lunch session with Rahul Dravid (29) and VVS Laxman (50) returning to the pavilion to open up the game again. Sourav Ganguly (26) and Yuvraj Singh (21) played some sparkling shots as they tried to steady the ship by remaining unseparated till the tea break with India still 100 runs behind South Africa's first innings total.
With both batsmen going for their strokes, runs came quite briskly which led to some heated verbal exchanges between Yuvraj Singh and Dale Steyn. The two umpires stepped in quickly to diffuse the situation by talking to the players and South African captain Graeme Smith.
The lanky Morne Morkel produced a devastating spell to clean up Dravid and Laxman in quick succession as the Green Park track showed signs of crumbling with the bounce becoming more and more unpredictable. Dravid was dismissed by a ball that reared up sharply, hitting him on the wrist before ballooning up to AB de Villiers who took a simple catch at gully.
Dravid was in pain as he held his wrist while taking the long walk back to the pavillion. The stylish Laxman, who seemed to be far more comfortable in the middle, took a single off Harris to notch up his 33rd Test half century and his first at Green Park but the celebrations by the sparse crowd were shortlived as he perished soon after.

Sourav Ganguly came out in a positive frame of mind and went for his strokes straightaway, realising that it was not a track where you could survive for long by only defending.
The former captain picked up spinner Harris for special treatment hammering him for two boundaries and did not hesitate to use his feet against the slow bowler.
IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: South Africa 265 all out v India 288 for 9

IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: South Africa bowled out for 265 in first innings

South Africa were bowled out for 265 in their first innings against India at the close of play on the first day of the final Test match at Kanpur on Friday. Skipper Graeme Smith was the top scorer with 69 while Hashim Amla made 51 after South Africa opted to bat at Green Park. Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh picked up three wickets each.
IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: South Africa 265 all out v India

IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: Sharma, Munaf in Indian squad for Kanpur test, RP Singh dropped

After receiving a humiliating defeat from the South African team, India on Sunday made some changes in its squad for the Kanpur Test.
Pacers Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel have been inducted, while RP Singh has been dropped from the 16-member Indian squad. Selectors also recalled Mumbai’s off-spinner Ramesh Powar in the squad. The South African went 1-0 up in the three-test series on Saturday after winning the second game in Ahmedabad by an innings and 90 runs.
Powar, who has played two tests, has been named partly as cover for skipper and leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who suffered a groin strain in the drawn first test and did not seem fully fit in the second test. Shah said both Sharma and Kumble would be subject to fitness tests on April 10, a day before the final test starts in Kanpur.
India team: Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Vangipurappu Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble (Captain), Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Ishant Sharma, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.

IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, Day 3: South Africa wrap up emphatic win in three days (1:0)

South Africa defeated India by an innings and 90 runs in the second test Saturday. South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the opening test ended in a draw.
This is South Africa's 4th win on Indian soil. Smith and his men today (April 5) morning declared on their overnight total of 494 for 7 - having taken a massive lead of 418 runs at stumps on day 2.
It was always going to be a herculean task for the Indian batsmen and rather disappointingly the Indian top order failed to show the application required.
Ntini, Morkel and Kallis combined to reduce India to 70 for 3. Laxman was next to fall after scoring 35 runs. Ganguly and Dhoni did offer some resistance adding 110 runs for the 5th wicket, but all hopes of a miracle began to vanish after Ganguly was sent back for 87 runs by Dale Steyn.
Dhoni too chipped in with a fighting fifty but the massive South African first innings lead of 418 runs proved too much for the Indians as they were bowled out. AB De Villier was declared the Man of the Match for his double century.
IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, Day 3: South Africa 494-7d beat India 76 & 338 by an inns & 90 runs

IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, Day 2: Rain stops play with South Africa dominant on 494 for 7

Second day's play in the second cricket Test between India and South Africa was on Friday called off early due to rain at Ahmedabad.
The play will start half an hour earlier than the scheduled time of 9.30 am tomorrow to make up for the lost time. Rain stopped the play in the third session when South Africa were 494 for seven in their first innings, in reply to India's 76. The visitors lead by 418 runs.
Earlier, De Villiers entertained the crowd with his own pyro-technical display. He scored his maiden double century in any form of the game and became the first South African to complete 200 runs in a Test against India. De Villiers and Jacques Kallis dominated the first two sessions of play on Friday. They added 256 runs for the fifth wicket, of which 150 runs were scored on Friday, before Kallis was bowled off the inside-edge by Sree Sreenath.
IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, Day 2 (stumps): India 76 v South Africa 494-7

IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, Day 1: India score 7th-worst total in their cricket history

India build 627 in their first innings in the drawn first Test in Chennai, but the second Test in Ahmedabad saw South Africa take control after bowling India out for 76 – their sixth-lowest score in Test history.
South Africa made steady progress to close the day on 223/4 – a lead which they will look to extend on day two. Virender Sehwag followed up his stunning triple ton in the first Test with a single-figure score, as he was bowled by Dale Steyn for six.
Only two India batsmen, MS Dhoni and Irfan Pathan, made double figures as Steyn claimed five wickets and was well supported by Makhaya Ntini and Morne Morkel.
South Africa made a solid start to their reply as Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie put on 78 for the first wicket before Sree Sreesanth trapped the former lbw.
Harbhajan Singh took the wickets of McKenzie, Hashim Amla and Ashwell Prince to keep India in the hunt, but Jacques Kallis (60no) and AB De Villiers (59no) guided the tourists to 223/4 at stumps. The six other Indian totals worse than what the team achieved on Thursday are:
42 v England at Lord's, June, 1974
58 v Australia, Brisbane, Nov, 1947
58 v England, Manchester, July, 1952
66 v South Africa, Durban, Dec, 1996
67 v Australia, Melbourne, Feb, 1948
75 v West Indies, Delhi, Nov, 1987
IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, Day 1 (stumps): India 76 all out (20.0 overs) v South Africa 223 for 4 (64.0 overs)

IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad: South Africa upbeat ahead of second India Test

South Africa are confident of burying India's spin threat yet again with a determined batting performance in the second Test starting at Ahmedabad on Thursday.
The visitors kept the spin duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh at bay in the drawn opening Test in Chennai as they posted 540 in the first innings and 331-5 in the second, gaining a psychological boost in the process. Visiting teams often come a cropper against spin on low, slow turning tracks in India, but South Africa have shown they have the batsmen to deliver in these conditions, a point already conceded by home captain Kumble.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and leg-spinner Kumble have been a formidable pair at home for a long time, but failed to keep pressure on the South African batsmen in hot and humid conditions in Chennai despite sharing 11 wickets. South Africa have been doing remarkably well in the sub-continent in recent months, having won Test series in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
India are already without batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, ruled out of the match after aggravating a groin injury in the previous game. He was replaced with Mohammad Kaif, returning to the side after more than a year. That India's batting flourished without Tendulkar's contribution (0) at Chennai was mainly due to Virender Sehwag, who hit the fastest triple-century in Tests, and Rahul Dravid, who scored a hundred to join the 10,000-run club.
India managed to gain lead after posting 627 following heroics from Sehwag and Dravid, but their remaining batsmen were found wanting against an inspired South African pace attack, led by Makhaya Nitini and Dale Styen.
India Team (from): Anil Kumble (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Kaif, Sourav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Piyush Chawla, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma.
South Africa Team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), Neil McKenzie, Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, A.B. de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Jean-Paul Duminy, Monde Zondeki, Robin Peterson.

Sachin ruled out of second Test against South Africa

Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the second cricket Test against South Africa in Ahmedabad starting April 3 and Mohammad Kaif has been named as his replacement.
"Sachin Tendulkar re-aggravated his right groin injury when he was fielding on the fourth day of the first Test and his playing the second match is doubtful," a Board of Control for Cricket in India statement said on Sunday. The selection committee had decided to replace Tendulkar with Mohammad Kaif for the second Test, the statement added.
Skipper Anil Kumble also sustained right groin injury while bowling on the last day of the match but physiotherapist Paul Close is confident that he will be available to play the Ahmedabad Test. A final decision in this regard will be taken a day before the match.
Kaif, who got the nod for his excellent performance in the domestic circuit this season, is returning to the side after a gap of almost two years. His last Test was against West Indies at Kingston in June 2006.

IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 5: South Africa draw with India in first test

The first Test between India and South Africa ended in a tame draw at Chennai on Sunday.
It was a match that the bowlers would like to erase from their memory as quickly as possible. South Africa ended their second innings at 331/5 with Neil McKenzie remaining unbeaten on 155. For India, Harbhajan Singh took eight wickets in the match off an astonishing 78.5 overs.
Earlier, Neil McKenzie continued to frustrate the Indian bowlers as he moved past 150. Scored in 313 balls, McKenzie’s 150 was starred with 13 boundaries and a massive six.
The last day of the Chennai Test started with South Africa resuming their second innings from an overnight score of 131 for 1. With Neil McKenzie batting on 59 and Hashim Amla looking compact as ever on 35, a result in the match looked like a distant possibility unless either of the teams produced a miracle. The pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium did not have any significant help for the bowlers on the first four days and was not expected to behave any different on day five.
IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 5: South Africa 540 & 331-5 drew with India 627

IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 4: South Africa end day at 131 for one

South Africa were 131 for one in their second innings at stumps on day four of the first cricket Test against India at Chennai Saturday.
Earlier Rahul Dravid hit 111 to give India an 87-run lead on the fourth day of the first cricket Test at the Chidambaram stadium. India, resuming at their lunch score of 547-4 in reply to South Africa's 540, lost six wickets in the afternoon session to be bowled out for 627 in their first innings just before the tea break.
South Africa will begin their second knock after tea hoping to keep the Indian bowlers at bay on a wicket that is starting to show signs of wear and tear. India, looking for quick runs after Virender Sehwag's triple century the previous day, were slowed down by the South African attack which finally tasted success after hard toil in stifling heat and humidity.
Fast bowler Dale Steyn claimed four of the last five wickets to finish with 4-103. Left-arm spinner Paul Harris was the most expensive with 3-203, while Makhaya Ntini ended with 3-128. Sehwag was dismissed for 319 before Dravid gained the lead for the hosts with his 25th century after completing 10,000 Test runs on the way.
IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 4: South Africa 540 & 131-1 v India 627

IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 3: Sehwag’s triple-century takes India 468 for 1

Virender Sehwag slammed a brilliant 309 not out as India piled up a mammoth 468 for one in their first innings at stumps on the third day of the first cricket Test at Chennai Friday, in reply to South Africa’s 540.
Overnight batsman Wasim Jaffer (73) was the only wicket to fall during the day. Giving company to a belligerent Sehwag was Rahul Dravid who was batting on 65.
It was Sehwag’s second triple century, the first one having come against Pakistan in Multan in 2004.
IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 3: South Africa 540 all out v India 468 for 1

IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 2: India begin well in reply to South Africa's massive total

Replying to South Africa's 540, India were 82 for no loss in their first innings at close on the second day of the first cricket Test at the M A Chidambaram Stadium at Chennai today.
Wasim Jaffer with 25 and Virender Sehwag with 52 were the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.
Earlier, South Africa were all out for 540 in their first innings on the second day of first cricket Test against India at Chennai today.
IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 1: South Africa 540 all out v India 82-0

IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 1: South Africa make 304 for 4 at close

South Africa on Wednesday sent Indian bowlers on a leather hunt, making 304 runs for the loss of four wickets on the first day of the Chennai Test being played at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.
Captain and opener Graeme Smith made 73 before being caught by VVS Laxman off the bowling of Indian skipper Anil Kumble. Neil McKenzie made 94 and Jacques Kallis made 13 before falling victims to off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Kumble also snared the wicket of Ashwell Prince. Hashim Amla and A B de Villiers were at the crease with scores of 85 and 10 runs respectively at the close of play.
Earlier in the day, cricket fans said they were looking forward to an entertaining contest here between South Africa and India. South African skipper Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat against India.
India recalled pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth to the side because of an injury to teenager Ishant Sharma. South African left-arm spinner Paul Harris was drafted into his side as the only change from the team that played in their previous test in Bangladesh this month, where they swept the series 2-0. While the first Test is being played in Chennai from March 26 to 30, the second Test will be played in Ahmedabad from April 3 to 7 and third Test match in Kanpur from April 11 to 15. Fans said they were confident about India's chances of winning the Test.
"I am sure that India is going to win and India will win. Since their comeback from the Twenty-20, they are really in great form. India is going to win. Come on India," said Shekhar, a cricket fan.
"We are back to the Chepauk Stadium here. Whether it is India or South doubt who is going to win, its India, India and India and that's it," said Mavia, another cricket enthusiast.
India aims to cash in on their traditional home advantage after their strong showing in Australia, where they climbed to second in the Test rankings despite losing the series 2-1 against the champions.
IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 1: South Africa 304-4 v India

IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai: India plan huge totals against South Africa

India hope to bombard South Africa with mammoth first-innings totals in the three-Test series starting on Wednesday, captain Anil Kumble said.
"The key is to post big scores and let the bowlers put pressure on the visiting batsmen," Kumble said on Tuesday ahead of the first Test at Chidambaram stadium at Chennai. "It is a game plan that has worked well for us in the past, both at home and abroad, and there is no reason why we can't do that again. "We have the batsmen who produce good scores on any sort of wicket and I expect the same from them again," said Kumble.
The 37-year-old, who will lead the spin attack alongside Harbhajan Singh, said the brown, grassless wicket produced for the first Test was a "typical Chennai" track.
"It's always been the same here," said Kumble. "It will be good for batting for the first two days and then the spinners will definitely will come into play. "The hot and humid weather will affect both teams, but I suppose we are more used to it than the South Africans."
India plan to play six specialist batsmen with wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni coming in at number seven, followed by two seamers and as many spinners.
Kumble's men returned as heroes after losing the acrimonious Test series 2-1 but denying the hosts a world record 17th successive win with a memorable triumph in Perth. Dhoni's young one-day squad then defeated Ricky Ponting's team 2-0 in the tri-series finals, indicating India had turned the corner after an embarrassing first-round World Cup exit last year.
India, coached for the first time by former South African opener Gary Kirsten, will bank on veterans Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Ganguly and Venkatsai Laxman to realise Kumble's plans.
Tendulkar, 34, could end the series as Test cricket's leading batsman, needing only 172 more to overtake retired West Indian Brian Lara's world record tally of 11,953 runs.
India Team (from):
Anil Kumble (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Harbhajan Singh.

Proteas know where to draw the line: Boucher

The ICC may have asked players to refrain from on-field showdowns but South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher today said sledging was all about being competitive, even though he assured that his team would not go overboard in the upcoming Test series against India.
"Our guys are mature enough and know what to do on the cricket field and what not to do," Boucher told a press conference. The first of the three-Test series between the two sides starts on Wednesday and the two sides have so far refrained from engaging in any war of words.
The stumper-batsman said Test cricket required a mix of defence and aggression and his team would look to get the balance right in the series. "Test cricket is Test cricket. You have got to get a mix of defence and attack," he said after a net session at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here this afternoon.
Asked how the South Africans were coping with the hot and humid Chennai weather, Boucher said his team was handling the temperatures well as it had played in similar conditions during their recent tour of Pakistan and Bangladesh. "We have played quite a lot of cricket in the sub-continent. Obviously, it was lot more humid yesterday," he said. Boucher also brushed aside suggestions that lack of any practice match ahead of the series would hamper his side. "The short break after the Bangladesh tour has actually helped the players to get a fresh focus on the Indian tour.’’

Smith says team will overcome selection row

South African skipper Graeme Smith says he has full faith his team would overcome selection controversies and excel in the three-Test series against India starting here next week.
Proteas' fast bowler Andre Nel was controversially left out of the tour to accommodate Charl Langeveldt and conform with the board's transformation policy that requires six players of colour to be picked in a squad of 14. Langeveldt himself pulled out of the squad, saying he did not want to be selected on the basis of his colour.
Smith, however, said Saturday he was confident his team would overcome the odds and succeed in the Tests, which begin on Wednesday. "It is a bit disappointing. We feel for the players and have spoken to them. It affects the team certainly. But we are mature enough and our job is to continue with the game," he told reporters. "India are a formidable side at home but we have the team to succeed in their conditions. We have two good spinners in left-armers Paul Harris and Robin Peterson and a battery of young fast bowlers who are capable of dismissing India twice in a game.
"We also have good batters in the top six positions. I am confident that they are capable of fulfilling the task," he said. South Africa go into the series on the back of a triumphant tour against Bangladesh while India are fresh from a rare one-day victory against Australia.
Much is at stake in the series as the results will decide who takes the second spot in the official Test rankings, currently headed by Australia. The second Test will be played in Ahmedabad from April 3, while the third and final match is slated to be held in Kanpur from April 11.

Dhoni, Harbhajan declared fit for Test series

India's ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh were on Friday declared fit for the home Test series against South Africa starting Wednesday in Chennai.
Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said in Rajkot in a statement that wicketkeeper Dhoni's injury in the right hand has healed and Harbhajan has also recovered from his hamstring injury. Shah said board physiotherapist Paul Close conducted the fitness tests on the duo in Bangalore Friday and, as per his report, both players are fit to play the three-Test series starting Wednesday in Chennai.
An X-ray was done on Dhoni's injured finger Friday and it revealed no crack. Harbhajan, who played during the entire Australian tour, was confident about clearing his fitness test, which he did at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Both Dhoni and Harbhajan were named in the 14-member squad for the first two Tests Monday. However, as a precautionary measure, the selectors had named wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla as standbys.

Harbhajan and Dhoni to test today

M.S. Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh will undergo fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy at Bangalore on Friday.
According to former physio John Gloster’s report to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Dhoni has a severe sprain on the fourth finger of his right hand, while Harbhajan is nursing a left hamstring injury. Harbhajan was expected to attend the tests last Sunday but failed to turn up.
The BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, while announcing the Indian Test squad here on Monday, said that Dhoni and Harbhajan needed to clear their fitness tests in order to play against South Africa. Dinesh Karthik and Piyush Chawla have been drafted in as replacements. Piyush, however, is already in the squad as Murali Kartik injured his left ankle.
Meanwhile, fast bowler V.R.V. Singh is busy training at the NCA. V.R.V. Singh, who replaced the injured Zaheer Khan in India’s Test squad during the recent Australian tour, is one of the few players who had no adverse fitness reports in Gloster’s dossier on player injuries. The Punjab seamer has been at the academy since Sunday and will be here for a couple of days more.

India rests injured pacer Ishant Sharma for first two tests against South Africa

Indian selectors on Monday announced a 14-man squad for the first two cricket tests against South Africa, resting injured pace sensation Ishant Sharma and bringing back left-arm spinner Murali Karthik.
India retained opener Wasim Jaffer and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kartik for the series that begins next week, Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, told reporters in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.
Fast bowler Sharma suffered finger and toe injuries during a recent one-day tri-series with Australia and Sri Lanka. India won the series. Karthik returns to the Indian side, led by leg-spinner Anil Kumble, after his good showing in the home series against Pakistan last year.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh made it to the Indian side after clearing medical tests for a hamstring injury, while batsman Yuvraj Singh was picked after recovering from a knee injury. The first test will be played in Chennai from March 26., the second in Ahmadabad from April 3 and the third in Kanpur from April 11.
India team: Anil Kumble (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Kartik, Irfan Pathan, Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh and Murali Karthik.

South Africa not to play warm-up

South Africa will face Team India in the first Test here without playing any warm-up. South Africa were to play a three-day tie in Mumbai but preferred to arrive in Chennai straightaway.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has not acceded to South Africa’s request to arrange a warm-up match since all city grounds have been allocated for the city league matches.
Both India and South Africa players will assemble here on Saturday for the Test, beginning on March 26. The teams are scheduled to have their practice sessions from Sunday. The BCCI will also hold its working committee meeting and felicitation of Anil Kumble on March 25.

South Africa to play three Tests in India

The first Test in the forthcoming three-match rubber between India and South Africa will be played at the Chidambaram stadium, Chepauk, in Chennai from March 26 to 30, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Wednesday.
The second and third Tests will be at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad (April 3-7) and Kanpur's Green Park (April 11-15) respectively. The visitors will land in Kolkata after flying in from Dhaka on March 15 before proceeding to Goa for a short holiday, according to BCCI sources.
They will then start the 29-day tour, after reaching Mumbai on March 18, with a three-day warm-up fixture against India 'A' at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium from March 20 before taking on the hosts in the three-Test rubber.

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