Incessant rain called off play on the second day of the second Test match between India and South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday.
After rain delayed the 9.30am start, clouds cleared and play was set to begin when the showers resumed five minutes before the scheduled10.30am start.
A continuous drizzle ensued, and with the entire ground under covers, the umpires decided to take lunch at 12.30pm. With the rain not looking to clear anytime soon, the decision to call off play was announced at 2pm. Weather permitting, Monday’s play will begin at 9.15am.
After finishing at 80/0 at stumps in pursuit of South Africa’s low first-innings total of 214, India were looking to press home the advantage on the second day of the second Test in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss on Saturday and chose to bowl first after persistent rain over the past week meant the pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium had something in it for the pacers. But his decision was vindicated not so much by Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron, but by spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled in tandem to pick the Proteas’ batting apart and took four wickets each, aided considerably by poor shot selection from the visitors.
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AB de Villiers was the only one to offer some resistance, using his feet to counter the spin and keeping the score ticking while his partners succumbed one after another. Playing in his 100th Test match at his ‘home’ ground when playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, de Villiers scored his 38th Test half-century before a brilliant single-handed, diving catch by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha saw him return to the pavilion for a well-made 85. Dean Elgar was the next highest scorer for the South Africans with 38.
Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan then saw India through to stumps, with Dhawan on 45 and Vijay on 28. Vijay was given a reprieve when spinner Imran Tahir dropped a sitter of a catch from him.