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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2: Rain washes out day’s play

Not a single ball was bowled as steady rain kept players indoors and forced the officials to call of day's play. If weather permits, it'll start 15 minutes early on Day 3.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 16, 2015 10:03:00 am
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The second day’s play between India and South Africa was called off without a ball being bowled on Sunday. Steady drizzle kept players indoors throughout the day. Forecast for the next three is not good either.

Scorecard: India vs South Africa

Rain updates (newest on top)

1400 hrs IST: The day’s play has been called off. It will start 15 minutes earlier provided the weather permits on Monday

1235 hrs IST: Lunch has been taken. Rain washes out the morning session of day’s play

1230 hrs IST: It continues to rain. Looks very little chance of getting some action today

1215 hrs IST: Continues to remain wet in Bengaluru. Major portion of the ground still covered

1055 hrs IST: The rain gets heavier now. Looks like we won’t have a full day of cricket today

1045 hrs IST: As rain doesn’t allow cricket, India players do some football near the ropes

1025 hrs IST: Covers back on. The drizzle returns

1005 hrs IST: The sessions have been revised due to the delayed start

0955 hrs IST: Some good news. The covers are coming off. Stay tuned for an update

0925 hrs IST: Officials inform that play will not start on time. Ground looks good but drizzle has to stop and light has to improve

0920 hrs IST: Umpires out in the middle for an inspection. Scheduled start not possible as of now

0910 hrs IST: The square continues to be covered. Looks like a delayed start in Bengaluru

0900 hrs IST: The drizzle continues….

0850 hrs IST: Mild drizzle in Bengaluru some time back. Three super soppers in operation but it’s very overcast at the moment

Day 1 Recap

Proteas look for turn around, find none

R Jadeja and R Ashwin shared eight wickets among themselves to bowl out South Africa for 214. (Source: PTI)

IT is not like a batsman only charges at a spinner with violent intentions. The step-out doesn’t always have to be a daring adventure after all. There are times he does so to put him off his length, maybe to negate the turn or even just to keep him guessing. There seemed to be no fathomable reason though why Faf du Plessis thought it wise to leave his crease to R Ashwin off just the third delivery he had faced in his innings. But he still did it.

Stats: AB betters record in India, Jadeja in FC cricket

AB de Villiers became the third South African player to amass 1,000 runs or more against India in Tests. (Source: PTI)

Abraham de Villiers’ 38th fifty in Tests is his fourth vs India. In India, his record is quite impressive – his tally being 536 in eleven innings at an average of 53.60, including a hundred and three fifties.

Jadeja has the last laugh against AB

AB de Villiers scored 85 in the first innings of his 100th Test. (Source: AP)

His approach against Jadeja was a little different. He mostly stayed inside the line and wasn’t afraid of playing against the turn. When he stepped out, AB ensured he got to the pitch of the ball. At times he met Jadeja’s deliveries in front of the short-leg fielder. When he went back, he used the whole width of the crease.

AB scored at a faster rate against Jadeja – 28 runs off 36 balls. Against Ashwin, he had 16 off 27. But the left-arm spinner kept on asking some tricky questions. In the end, he had his reward.

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