South Africa vs India, 1st Test Highlights: How rain played spoilsport on the third day

first_imgNo play was possible on the third day as rain played spoilsport at Newlands.Updates:19.05 IST: Strangely, no early start over the remaining two days. Play begins at normal time – 1030 local (14.00 IST) but 98 overs are scheduled on both days.19.01 IST: Play has been ABANDONED for the day. Sensible decision, given that the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening. The good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.Rain or no rain. Never short of the love #TeamIndia #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 201816.47 IST: Indian players are finally making their way to the Newlands stadium now. We can expect play very soon now if the rain stays away.Getting slightly better here in Newlands as #TeamIndia make their way to the ground #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 201816.33 IST: Good news folks, the covers are being removed as the sun breaks through at Newlands for the first time this morning.16.05 IST: Regarding Dale Steyn, an official statement has just been released that he will not bowl in this Test match but can bat if needed. Not sure whether that means any sort of convenience for the Proteas but they will take it for now16.00 IST: Lunch has been taken. Slightly better news. The rain has reduced considerably to a drizzle and the skies are clearing up as well. Hopefully, we should have some resumption news by the next update. Please be tuned… South Africa 286 & 65/2, lead India (209) by 142 runsadvertisementReserve Umpire, Bongani Jele is out on the field as the Newlands weather clears up. Looks like we might have some action after all. #ProteaFire #SAvIND Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201815.00 IST: It is raining, it is raining, it is raining… fact it has gotten a bit heavier as well. Some puddles have also started to form on the outfield. You can continue doing whatever you were doing till now. Doesn’t look like we are going to start anytime soon…With the rain still coming down here at Newlands, let�??s take a moment and hear from Proteas batting coach on what is more important to him besides the game of Cricket #ProteaFire Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201814.28 IST: The light drizzle has turned into a heavy downpour now at Newlands. The good thing is that the match has moved at a frenetic pace with two innings done in just 2 days. So hopefully, this time lost should not prove too costly. Stay tuned for updates.13.50 IST: Sunil Gavaskar informs on air that the ‘SITUATION IS REALLY BAD.’ He says that it has been drizzling throughout the morning and the pitch has been covered since last evening. The outfield dries out pretty quickly but looking at the overhead conditions, he reckons that there does not look a sign for the clouds to move away.Under covers at the moment is Newlands. Raining down here heavily! Expected delay in start #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2018Firmly states that there will not be any play till Lunch at least and for maybe, even a while after the break. One positive sign is, he says, only the pitch is covered. Even the bowlers’ runups are not covered. So once the rain stops, the play should not take long to resume. But for that, the sun has to come out. On India’s bowling chances, he says that the conditions could help the tourists now but they need to bowl well. There will be moisture underneath the surface as it has been covered for a long time but like yesterday, if they continue to be on the shorter side, then they will struggle. Reckons that something seems to be wrong with Mohammed Shami’s fitness because he looks flat.13.45 IST: Here are some more pictures of the Newlands ground which is completely covered at the moment.PPC Newlands Cricket Ground ahead of Day 3 of the #SunfoilTest between #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201813.45 IST: Start of play will be delayed due to rain at NewlandsEarly morning showers here at PPC Newlands Cricket Ground. Start of Day 3 could be delayed #SAvInd #ProteaFire #FreedomSeries Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 2018Match summary:Hardik Pandya starred with both bat and ball on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday.advertisementAfter scoring a counter-attacking 93 off 95, Pandya got rid of the South African openers as the hosts reached 65/2 at the close of play to take a substantial lead of 142 runs.Hashim Amla (four not out) and night-watchman Kagiso Rabada (two not out) will seek on day three to extend the home side’s advantage of 142 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining after they bowled India out for 209 on a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance for the bowlers.South Africa, however, were sweating over another potential injury blow for experienced seamer Dale Steyn.Steyn (2-51) left the field during the innings having bowled 17.3 overs and went for scans on a bruised heel. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match — and the series — is in doubt.Steyn returned to Test cricket for the match after 14 months on the sidelines with a career-threatening shoulder injury.South Africa’s Aiden Markram (34) was the first wicket to fall in their second innings, having looked fluent at the crease until he top-edged a rising delivery from Hardik Pandya (2-17) to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at a deep point.Dean Elgar (25) was scratchy throughout his stay at the crease and became Pandya’s second victim when he edged to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.Earlier, Pandya defied the odds to smash runs all over the park on a pitch where top Indian batsmen struggled to score runs. Pandya struck a 93 off just 95 balls on the second day an innings studded with 14 fours and a six. His valiant effort helped India score 209 in reply to South Africa’s 286, who took a crucial 77-run first innings lead.Pandya was also involved in a 99-run stand  Bhuvneshwar for the eighth wicket to help the visitors cut down the first innings deficit.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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