Bengaluru Test: Wet and waiting agony ends

Under grey skies and amidst an infuriating, persistent drizzle, the second Test between India and South Africa ended in a draw at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday.

No play was possible on the fifth and final day also, with the umpires, Ian Gould and Richard Kettleborough, calling an end to the game after an inspection of the outfield at 11:30 a.m. Wet underfoot conditions, which had prevented play from the beginning on day four, worried the officials again.

As if to vindicate their decision, the skies opened up not long afterwards.

Four successive days were lost to the weather here, after the home side had advanced to a position of strength on day one. India had bowled South Africa out for 214 before reaching 80 without loss at stumps.

“It is always annoying for any side, whether you have the momentum or not, to come to the ground and have no play,” the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, said.

“The covers come off and the rain falls again and that was something disappointing. We wanted to go out there and play, whatever time we could get in the game.”

The third Test begins in Nagpur on November 25.

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