BENGALURU: The rains stayed off in the morning. But it rained in the night and left the outfield wet and unfit for play to start on time on the fourth morning of the second cricket Test between India and South Africa.
Consequently the start was delayed with an inspection 45 minutes after the scheduled start 9.15 am start. The Match referee and the three umpires did inspect the outfield but with saw dust being sprinkled to cover up some mucky spot, they scheduled another inspection at 11.30 am. This essentially means that the teams will adjourn for lunch without a ball being bowled.
The two not out batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (45) and Murali Vijay (28) thus stayed indoors. Shikhar, in fact, was seen walking past the wicket and having a close look at it as well, as he emerged from NCA.
With grey clouds hovering all over, showers are expected and play is likely to be affected again even if it does commence.