Bangalore: The third and final Test between India and England headed for a draw after bad weather wrecked the fourth day's play in Bangalore on Saturday.
Just 15.4 overs were bowled during the day as heavy overnight rain and an incessant drizzle since morning allowed play for only short bursts on either side of the tea break.In that time, England bowled India out for 238 to gain a first innings lead of 98 runs, which was extended to 131 by stumps as the tourists reached 33 for no loss in its second knock.
Only a bold declaration by captain Nasser Hussain on the fifth day can keep England's slim hopes alive of forcing a win to draw the three-Test series.England lost the first Test at Mohali by 10 wickets, while the second at Ahmedabad was drawn.
When play finally began under floodlights for the first time since the post-lunch session on Friday England needed 51 deliveries to end India's first innings in reply to its own 336.
India, which resumed at Friday's tea time score of 218 for seven, lost Anil Kumble nine runs later when he edged a catch to second slip off Andrew Flintoff for 14.
Paceman Matthew Hoggard then removed Harbhajan Singh for eight, caught superbly by a diving Hussain in the covers. When Michael Vaughan ran out Sarandeep Singh with a direct throw from extra-cover, India had added just 20 runs to Friday's score.
Both Hoggard and Flintoff finished with four wickets each, earning just rewards for a remarkable display on the slow M Chinnaswamy Stadium wicket.
Mark Butcher went for the runs when England batted a second time, making 23 to his partner Marcus Trescothicks nine. But another drizzle late in the day ruined England's hopes of building a substantial lead by close.