The rain that had threatened to ruin the 100th-Test party of AB de Villiers allowed world cricket’s best batsman one day of grace, but on Sunday (November 15), there was no such luck as the second day of India’s second Test against South Africa was washed out without a ball being bowled.
India vs South Africa 2nd Test Persistent rain washes out
South Africa had been bowled out for 214 in 59 overs on the first day after being asked to bat by Virat Kohli, and M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan had motored along to 80 without loss in 22 overs before stumps, cutting the deficit down to just 134 runs and putting India in prime position to bat the visiting side out of the game but the weather gods had other ideas.
India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 2 Rain washes out
2nd Test Rain washes away third days play
Ominously, the forecast for the next two days also has rain. If the weather holds, though, play will start at 9.15 am, 15 minutes before the normal start time, from Monday onwards. There was a sizeable Sunday crowd that had gathered at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, and had play been possible, it was likely to swell even more, with tickets having sold well.
Rain washes away second days play in Bengaluru Test
But the day dawned gloomy, and it was clear from the beginning that play wouldn’t get underway at the scheduled 9.30 am start, with the ground under covers since the end of play on Saturday. There was a brief window of hope when the steady drizzle stopped and the covers were removed, with the possibility of play beginning an hour late and continuing for an hour beyond the scheduled 4.30 pm close if the weather held up.