Sunny Skies as Test Enters Fourth Day

By Dhanu Delphi on January 16, 2018

The third day of the second Test match between India and South Africa ended with rain. There had been earlier thunderstorms. The fourth day has begun with sunny skies that we hope will last throughout the day.

After the rain cleared up, the drying job began, and play was soon to resume. Play was stopped for an hour, and no overs were expected to be lost.

After play resumed, Mohammed Shami was able to complete his over. The outfield was soaked, making the ball wet, which was frustrating for the Indian team. Shami made the best of a bad situation, and continued to run in hard. AB De Villiers made a half century after play was resumed. This was his 42nd half century in a Test match.

Play did not last for long before the umpires made the decision that the light quality was not good enough for play. The gloomy conditions at SuperSport Park in Centurion did not lift, making visibility too poor to continue play. Both players and umpires had hoped that play would resume, however, after waiting for some time, play was officially halted for the day.

The South African team were at 90/2 when play was halted, and will continue from that point today. Elgar and De Villiers will continue their partnership at the start of the fourth day.

South Africa currently has a lead of 118 runs, and while they hope to increase their lead, the Indian bowlers will do what they can to prevent them from doing so.

Kohli Fined 25% of Match Fee

Virat Kohli was fined 25% of his match fee for his conduct yesterday. In view of the bad weather, Kohli complained that the ball was affected because of the very damp outfield.
It was considered that he breached the ICC Code of Conduct when he threw the ball onto the ground aggressively after speaking to the umpire, Michael Gough.