India vs South Africa: Battle likely to resume on Day 4 as sunny skies greet fans at Cape Town

The forecast for South Africa's Cape Town was predicted to be ‘mostly sunny’ on Monday morning. However, the same forecast added that it could get ‘partly cloudy’ later in the day.

FirstCricket Staff, Jan 08, 2018 13:14:28 IST

After the third day of the first Test between South Africa and India was washed out due to rains, Monday is likely to see some action at Cape Town’s Newlands Stadium with the rain gods finally relenting.

According to accuweather.com, the forecast was predicted to be ‘mostly sunny’ on Monday morning. However, the same forecast added that it could get ‘partly cloudy’ later in the day.
Journalists at Cape Town said that the weather was ‘bright and sunny’ at 8.30 am — two hours before the start of day’s play.

India vs South Africa: Battle likely to resume on Day 4 as sunny skies greet fans at Cape Town

The main pitch at the Newlands Stadium is covered as play is delayed due to rain. REUTERS

To make up for the loss of overs on the third day, Monday and Tuesday were to witness 98 overs being bowled, with play to start as per schedule.

South Africa are in the driver’s seat in the first Test, having reached a score of 65/2 at stumps on Day 2 with an overall lead of 142 runs. In the first innings, the Proteas had scored 286 before dismissing India for 209. It took a valiant 93-run knock from Hardik Pandya to prevent the hosts from running away with the Test on Day 2.

According to reports from the stadium, a few Indian players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah spent Sunday training at the indoor nets with coaches Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun in tow.

South Africa’s pace spearhead Dale Steyn suffered a heel injury while bowling during India’s first innings and has been ruled out of the match. There are chances that he will be unavailable for the rest of the series too. However, despite his absence, Virat Kohli and Co will be facing an uphill battle to save this Test.

Catch all the action from the fourth day of the first India vs South Africa Test live on our liveblog.

Updated Date: Jan 08, 2018 13:14:28 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254