What started as a drizzle this morning became a steady downpour in the afternoon and with 90 overs lost in the game, Virat Kohli‘s men, sitting pretty at 272 for 3 after day one, will now have to quicken up the proceedings in the remaining three days with a high probability of winning the match.
Scorecard | As it happened
Twice, the rain stopped and umpires decided on inspection but on both occasions just before they were to step out, heavens opened up once again.
“Unfortunately, due to the large volume of rain today at Centurion, play has been called off for the day,” BCCI stated on its Twitter handle with a picture of the ground completely soaked.
Unfortunately, due to the large volume of rain today at Centurion, play has been called off for the day. #SAvIND https://t.co/NQ5Jbc8MlJ
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1640606825000
There was too much water on the covers and with literally no sunshine, there was very little chance for the ground to dry up and some overs of play to be possible.
At the end of the opening day’s play, India were strongly placed at 272 for three in 90 overs.
KL Rahul was going strong at 122 not out off 248 balls, during which he hit 17 boundaries and one six. Giving him company at the other end was Ajinkya Rahane, on 40 off 81 balls, with the help of eight hits to the fence.
Opener Mayank Agarwal made 60 off 123 deliveries before being dismissed by Lungi Ngidi.
Skipper Virat Kohli made 35 off 94 balls.
🚨 #SAvIND Day 2 | PLAY CALLED OFF After unrelenting rain for the majority of the day, the second day of the 1st B… https://t.co/jWSohBlzA1
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1640607309000
Ngidi (3/45) picked up all the three Indian wickets to fall on the first day of the match.
However, if India would have thought of batting for nearly two days, they would perhaps look for a solid first innings score of 400 to 450 and put the pressure right back on the Proteas, who only have three quality players — skipper Dean Elgar, senior keeper-batter Quinton de Kock and the seasoned Temba Bavuma in their ranks.
These three are the only ones with a proven record to take the attack back to the opposition camp which boasts of a world class seam attack, comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
However, to get 20 wickets, India would expect 270 overs of play in the next three days. The third and fourth day’s forecasts predict sunny weather with partly cloudy sky but on the final day, there is a forecast of thunderstorms.