Weather comes to South African rescue

Written by: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 19:48 [IST]
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Weather comes to South African rescue

It was one of the most disappointing days for Indian cricket in the recent years when rain came to the rescue of the South Africans at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Team India was all charged up to avenge the innings defeat they suffered at the hands of South Africans in the first test at Nagpur but the weather god seemed to have some other intention in mind. A mere 34 overs were bowled in the day as wet ground conditions and poor light gave South Africa a breather in the test.

The start of the fourth day at Eden was delayed by more than an hour due as the outfield was wet due to unseasonal rain. India started well off despite the delayed start and picked up South African captain Graeme Smith early reducing them to 36 for one. First innings centurion Alviro Petersen also went early for 21 runs. India had the Proteas on the docs when the removed Jacques Kallis with the score reading 111 for 3 with an uphill task of score 236 runs more to make India bat.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test - Scorecard

That was it as bad light and rain prevented the two teams from taking to the park in the post lunch session much to the disgust of the Indians and delight of the South Africans. The Indian team was seen getting impatient in their dressing room as they sniffed victory right after having taken the huge lead in the first innings. The South Africans on the other hand were happy to sit in the comfort of the dressing room and praise the soggy weather of the 'City of Joy'.

Weather forced disruption of Day 4 has means that South Africa have an even chance of drawing this Test Match and winning the series. This is not the first time that weather has come to South Africa's rescue in a Test Match. During India's 1997 tour to the Rainbow Nation the third test match at Wanderers, Johannesburg South Africa managed to escape defeat due to bad weather needing 127 runs with only two wickets in hand with close to 70 overs left.

India will have to put the Day 4's play behind them when they come to take the field in the final day of the test match. The South African are bound to play for a draw in the final day as only a miracle can make them win the test. It remains to be seen if South Africa escape with a draw or India crush them on the final day. Indian fans will be hoping that weather god shows showers some mercy on the home team and a good day's cricket is possible.

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