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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 4, Bengaluru: Rain forces cancellation of Day 4’s play

Day 4 of the Bengaluru Test ended in a farce as no play was possible due to rains and wet outfield.

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India-South Africa second Test has seen two days of continuous rains in Bangalore and not a single ball has been bowled after Day 1 on Saturday. Rains made sure that the fourth day’s play see the same fate too. After several inspections, the decision was made that play will resume at 1400 hrs IST, but the heavens opened prior to that forcing cancellation of day’s play. 

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As it happened:

1438 hrs IST: That’s it! Day 4 is called off due to rain and we haven’t seen live action for the third straight day.

1424 hrs IST: The drizzle has stopped and the covers are coming off much to the delight of the crowd.

1358 hrs IST: Bad news for the fans, it has started to drizzle again at Bengaluru.

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1315 hrs IST:  Minimum overs of the day are 45. Stay tuned, live action shortly

1310 hrs IST: And, some good news. Play to resume in less than one hour

1300 hrs IST: Umpires out for the inspection, third of the day

1138 hrs IST: Umpires and match officials still not convinced with the conditions. Next inspection at 1 pm

1017 hrs IST: However, India players are out there, Ajinkya Rahane was seen having a go at the nets.

1011 hrs IST: So it seems there would be another inspection at 11.30 AM IST, so we won’t see any play from the opening session for the third straight day.

1009 hrs IST: Covers are off as the inspection is reportedly on right now.

0915 hrs IST: So an inspection is due at 10.00 AM IST. Any further decision will be taken after that and hopefully we will have a start by 11.00 AM IST.

0851 hrs IST: So it’s confirmed, no play before 10.00 am IST after which there would be an inspection.

0850 hrs IST: The pitch curator says, if there is no rain, then we can ‘prepare the pitch’ by 10.00 AM IST and we can have play by 11.00 AM IST.

0834 IST: No rain but no signs of sun in Bengaluru either.

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