Wednesday, February 17, 2010

India's victory surge halted by rain at Eden

South Africa 296 and 115 for 3 (Amla 49*, Mishra 2-15) trail India 643 for 6 dec by 232 runs

India were left with just one day to push for a series-leveling win after rain and bad light truncated most of the penultimate day's proceedings in the second Test against South Africa on Wednesday.

Only 34.1 overs could be bowled between the weather disruptions and the Indian spinners managed to knock off three South Africans wickets to reduce them to 115 in 35 overs.

Hashim Amla once again stands between India and victory after his patient 80-ball 49 with Ashwell Prince (0) giving him company at stumps.

South Africa still need 232 runs to make India bat again in the match even though the hosts would hope to polish off the remaining seven wickets on Thursday to draw the series and remain the number one Test team.

Both the Indian spinners Amit Mishra (2-15) and Harbhajan Singh (1-31) troubled the South African batsmen with plenty of turn that was on offer at the Eden Gardens pitch.

Even though Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men are eager to have a go at the South Africans, there is bad news for them as the Met office forecast predicted more rain for Thursday.

The final day's proceedings will be held half-an-hour in advance and the play is scheduled to begin at 0845 hrs IST.

Today match got off to a delayed start of about one-and-half hours and less than three hours' play was possible.

Lets hope for the best....Stay attuned


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