Rain has made an untimely entry soon after the start of the third and deciding Test between India and South Africa at Newlands stadium, Cape Town. The players were just able to get in 9 overs before the downpour commenced, forcing a stoppage of play. This marks the third time in the series thus far that wet weather conditions have affected regular play.
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 forceful 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 over, 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 the field as the rain came down and the covers came on.