Bangalore: Bad weather washed out the entire day's play at the second Test between India and South Africa in Bangalore Sunday, with more rain forecast that could see the match end in a draw. The scheduled start was initially delayed by an hour as constant rain since early morning left the outfield too wet for play at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
A slight let up in the drizzle raised hopes the match might resume, but the covers were back on a few minutes before the umpires were due to walk out and play was finally called off at 2 pm (0830 GMT).
The forecast is more rain for the remaining three days with a cyclonic depression hovering over the Bay of Bengal. On the rain-free first day, South Africa were shot out for 214 after being sent in to bat in overcast conditions and India replied with 80 for no loss by stumps.
India lead the four-match series after securing a 108-run win in the first Test in Mohali last week. The third Test is to be played in Nagpur from November 25.
Bad news from M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Play for Day 2 has been called off. If weather permits, tomorrow the play will start at 9:15 #IndvsSA— BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2015
India's spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared eight wickets as South Africa crumbled for 214 on the opening day.
Score: SA: 214; IND: 80-0 (22 overs)
Still raining in Bangalore. The Lunch break will finish at 13:10. Inspection will be done then. #IndvsSA— BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2015
The drizzle has stopped but it will take a lot of time for the super soppers to dry the wet outfield.
It looks like day two may lose an entire session as the skies look ominous. However the visitors are not taking the situation lightly.
The scene doesn't look good as the ground now is fully covered. No sign yet of play to resume.
Just when play was about to start, the heavens have opened up and the covers are back on again. Gloomy faces around.
Oh, dear. The pitch is under covers again. Slight drizzle. #IndvsSA— BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2015
The covers are coming off. If there's no further rain, then play will resume at 10.30 am IST. Amended session times: Morning: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Afternoon: 1:10 pm to 3:10 pm and Evening: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Light drizzle has delayed the start of play. 15 minutes of play is already lost and according to sources, 90 overs may not be played today. However, the drizzle has stopped and the sun is out.
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