Play resumes after bad-light interlude

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Published: Sunday, January 2, 2011, 18:47 [IST]
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Play resumes after bad-light interlude

After bad light and rain intervened for a second time on Day 1 of the third and deciding Test between India and South Africa at Newlands stadium, Cape Town, the hosts resumed batting and were 74/2 in 22 overs. Overcast conditions and frequent cloud bursts today have made a constant passage of play impossible.

After play was stalled for about two hours - from 11:20 am to 1:15pm local time - Proteas batsmen Hashim Amla and Alviro Petersen resumed batting. They immediately seemed to find a groove, hitting two fours between them. But in just the fourth over after lunch, first-change bowler Ishant Sharma struck. He had an adventurous Petersen caught behind for 21 and the hosts had slipped to 34/2 in 13.3 overs.

Amla then played a couple of streaky shots for four, before Kallis took South Africa to over the 50-run mark with another boundary off Sreesanth. The bowler got some seam movement, but Kallis spotted it early and blitzed it through the covers. Later in the over, Sreesanth bowled a sucker ball on the pads which Kallis whipped away to fine leg for another four.

Bad light stopped play for about half-an-hour with South Africa at 62/2 in 21 overs, but Amla returned firing from all cylinders. He got Zaheer away for three blistering boundaries in the over after the interruption. The hosts had climbed to 74/2 with the Amla-Kallis partnership looking threatening.

Day 1 of this encounter began with Indian captain M S Dhoni winning the toss and putting the hosts into bat. The Proteas were evidently looking to start off their innings with a bang after watchfully playing Zaheer Kahn in a quiet first over, Alviro Petersen caem down heavily on Sreesanth, taking two boundaries off him, one shot being whipped past forward short leg and the other, punched between the bowler and mid-off.

Zaheer bowled a reparative following over and Sreesanth adjusted his line and length in the 4th as the South African opening pair of Petersen and Graeme Smith became more circumspect in picking the bowlers for runs. Then in the 7th iver, Zaheer drew first blood for India when he had Smith trapped plumb in front for 6. South Africa were 17/1 at that point, when Hashim Amla came out to bat. A quiet three overs followed before the players had to rush off as the rain came down and the covers came on.


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