London, Aug 19: On Day 1 of the fourth and final Test of India's tour of England 2011, yet another batting onslaught by the hosts was fortunately for the tourists, pre-empted by incessant rain. The constant downpour and ever-wet outfield made any play in the second and third sessions impossible. Thus, England closed out the day on their lunch score of 75/0 in 26 overs. Captain Andrew Strauss was not out on 38 and his partner Alastair Cook, unbeaten on 34.
A thick drizzle which erupted during the lunch-break progressed into a steady downpour which persisted in varying intensity throughout the afternoon. Between 4:30 pm and 5:00 the rains eventually seemed to be relenting with umpires conducting a pitch inspection at 5:10 pm towards hopes of initiating an evening session. But the overly damp condition of the outfield as well as continued moist conditions and an overcast sky prompted the powers-that-be to abandon play for the day.
Some good news that came in indicated that the forecast was generally sunny throughout Friday, Aug 19 and consequently a full-day's play would be possible. A disheartened Indian side will be hoping the improvement in weather will better their chances of wresting control of the Test.