Continued rainfall resulted in the start of play being delayed at least until lunch on the third day of the second Test match between India and South Africa in Bengaluru on Monday.
After rain washed out the entire day’s play on Sunday, giving South Africa a glimmer of hope and denting India’s chances of pushing for a commanding 2-0 series lead, India was once again looking to tighten their grip on the match, which was scheduled to begin at 9.15am.
After rain delayed Sunday’s 9.30am start, the clouds cleared and play was set to begin when showers resumed five minutes before the scheduled 10.30am start. Continuous showers resulted in the umpires deciding to call off play at 2pm.
India finished at 80/0 at stumps on Saturday, in pursuit of South Africa’s low first-innings total of 214. Skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl first after persistent rain over the past week meant the pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium had something in it for the pacers. But his decision was vindicated by spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled in tandem to pick the Proteas’ batting apart and took four wickets each, aided considerably by poor shot selection from the visitors.
AB de Villiers was the only South African to offer some resistance, using his feet to counter the spin and keeping the score ticking while his partners fell one after another. Playing in his 100th Test match at his ‘home’ ground when playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, de Villiers scored his 38th Test half-century before a brilliant single-handed, diving catch by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha saw him return to the pavilion for a well-made 85. Dean Elgar was the next highest scorer for the Proteas with 38.
Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan then saw India through to stumps, with Dhawan on 45 and Vijay on 28. Vijay was given a reprieve when spinner Imran Tahir dropped a sitter of a catch from him.