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Third day's play under cloud due to rain

Heavy thundershowers at the end of the second day's play in Nagpur have a put a question mark over a prompt start on Friday.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 21:44 IST

Heavy unseasonal thunder showers at the end of the second day's play in Nagpur on Thursday have a put a question mark over a prompt start to the third day's play in the first Test between India and England at the VCA stadium.

Dark clouds gathered overhead as the day's play came to a close two overs ahead of schedule due to bad light and it started to drizzle which later developed into a downpour, an hour after play came to an end.

The square and the practice wickets were under the covers, but it remains to be seen whether play can commence on the dot at 10 amon Fridayas the outfield has already taken a heavy drenching.

With only three days of play left and the pitch still looking pretty good for batting any delay on the morrow due to a wet outfield can lead to a tame draw.

India, replying to England's first innings tally of 393, were 136 for one with Wasim Jaffer (73) and skipper Rahul Dravid (40) at the crease.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 21:44 IST