The Indian and South African teams stayed put at their hotel on Monday (November 16), the M Chinnaswamy Stadium square remained under covers the entire morning, and the rain never stopped coming down. The result was a second successive washout on day three of the second Test, leaving the scores as they were at the end of the first day, with India 80 for no loss in reply to South Africa’s 214 all out on the first day.
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If the weather permits, play will begin at 9.15 am – 15 minutes before the scheduled 9.30 am start – on the two days remaining of this Test, but the forecast for Tuesday isn’t encouraging. The rain is expected to continue, making it all but certain that a Test India seemed to have firmly in its grip will end up as a damp squib of a draw.
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Day two of second Test between India and South Africa
The morning dawned with bleak skies and steady rain from early on, making it all but certain from the start that any possibility of play was remote. The stadium wore a deserted look, with a few stray fans dotted around the stands and the electronic scoreboard flashing, “Play suspended till lunch” from before the scheduled start. One look at the skies would put paid to the hope of any play post lunch too, and so it transpired, with the day’s play officially called off at lunch time.
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The steady rain meant there were already large puddles forming on parts of the exposed outfield. The drainage at the stadium is good, but the best drainage can’t compete with persistent rain, and it remains to be seen what play is possible on Tuesday’s fourth day.