The second day of the second Test between India and South Africa, being played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, has been called off without a ball being bowled.
It started raining pretty early on Sunday in Bengaluru, and it did not stop after that. The persistent rain did not allow the groundsmen to take the cover off the pitch and bring the super-sopper in action.
â€” BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2015
India were firmly in control after Day 1 as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran through the South African batting lineup. Both spinners scalped four wickets each and left the Proteas in a spot of bother.
AB de Villiers, who was welcomed with a rousing ovation on Saturday when he came out to bat, was the only batsman who showed some resistance. As long as De Villiers was present at the crease, the Indian bowlers had to sweat it out. He scored at his free will. A breezy innings of 85 runs came to an end when Wriddhiman Saha took a ripper of a catch. It was then the Indian bowlers ran through the rest of the batting order in no time. Eventually, South Africa were bundled out for 214 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay came out to open the innings and neither fell prey to the South African bowlers. Dhawan, who has been under a lot of pressure prior to this match, having gone through a rough patch, played freely. Both Vijay and Dhawan remained not out at the end of the day. India scored 80 runs without the loss of any wicket.
Day 2 could have showcased some good cricket between the two sides, but unfortunately the rain played spolitsport. The umpires have decided they will go for an early start on Monday at 9:15 am, but only if the weather permits. With India firmly in control of the Test match, the fans would want three full days of cricket.