More rain likely to hamper 4th day~~s play

Published: Monday, November 19, 2001, 22:23 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: Only 10 minutes of play was possible because of rain on the fourth morning of the second Test against India at St George's Park here on Monday. South Africa added six runs to reach 217 for five, an overall lead of 378, before rain prevented any further play before lunch. The start was delayed by an hour and when play got under way at 11:00 am (0900 GMT) the sky was heavily overcast and the floodlights were switched on. South African captain Shaun Pollock scored all six runs added off 14 balls sent down by Ajit Agarkar and Javagal Srinath before a heavy shower ended play.Pollock moved to 44 not out, while Jacques Kallis remained on 84 not out. Rain was predicted for the rest of the day, with the weather due to clear for the final day Tuesday. The weather increased India's chances of avoiding defeat and was likely to hasten a declaration by Pollock, with the margin between the teams already meaning India would face a near-impossible task of winning on a pitch which has helped the seam bowlers throughout. Only twice before have teams successfully chased more than the 379 India would need to win if Pollock declared immediately. The highest winning fourth innings in a Test match was 406 for four by India against the West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1975/76.

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