Visakhapatnam Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 1st Test: Rain likely to play spoilsport on Day 2
There is 60 per cent chance of rain on Thursday in Vizag (AP Photo)
- Play was called off during tea on Day 1 with India 202 for no loss
- Overhead conditions are expected to remain cloudy throughout Day 2
- India should be looking to bat for another session or two before thinking of a declaration due to the weather conditions
Rain played spoilsport on day 1 of the first Test between India and South Africa which is why the umpires had to call off play before the final session. Weather will once again be in the focus on the second day with India set to resume their innings at 202 for no loss.
There is 60 per cent chance of rain on Thursday in Vizag, a little less than what it was on Wednesday. Overhead conditions are expected to remain cloudy throughout the day with thunderstorms predicted at around 5pm IST.
Play was interrupted due to bad light just before the tea interval on day 1 so it can be safely assumed that the light is going to be a factor on day 2 as well.
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India will be looking to bat for another session or two before thinking of a declaration as there might not be enough time in this match for either team to push for a win if the weather keeps interrupting over the course of the next four days.
India dominated proceedings in the two sessions that they got to bat on the opening day after captain Virat Kohli won the toss and put the Proteas in to bowl at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
The new Test opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal batted with caution in the first hour before taking on the Proteas bowlers with India managing to score 91 runs in the first session and 111 runs in the second to end the day at 202 for no loss in 59.1 overs.
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Rohit completed his fourth Test hundred and was unbeaten on 115 with Agarwal 84 not out - his best score in the format - when bad light forced an early tea break.
Rohit, who is replacing KL Rahul at the top of the order in this series, could not have hoped for a more benign pitch to begin his journey as a test opener with both the fast bowlers and spinners from South Africa failing to make any impact.
Visiting pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander beat the bat on a few occasions with the new ball and those were the only moments of discomfort that the right-handed batting pair encountered.