Bengaluru: Four days of washouts owing to persistent rain and wet ground conditions led to the second cricket Test being officially called off here today, with hosts India leading the four-match series against South Africa 1-0.
The on-field umpires called off the match after an inspection at 11.30 local time. It is the first time in the history of Test cricket in India that four days have been completely washed out.
Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. Pic/ PTI
The last time a major part of a Test in India was washed out was almost a decade ago when play was held up for three days in a Test in Chennai between India and Sri Lanka. Both teams will now travel to Nagpur for the penultimate and third game.
Though it only drizzled briefly on the fifth and final morning, overnight rain meant there could be no play. Puddles had formed in a few uncovered areas near the edges of the ground at the Chinnaswami Stadium.
It is likely the umpires felt that patches of damp spots in some of the areas, caused by sweating under the covers, might not be safe for fielders. Besides the super soppers, the groundstaffs also had in their disposal a machine called the Pro Core, but none could ensure resumption of play in South African batting mainstay A B de Villiers;' 100th Test.
India were 80 for no loss in reply to South Africa's first innings score of 214 on the opening day. Shikhar Dhawan (45) and Murali Vijay (28) were at the crease. India skipper Virat Kohli said after the match, "The bowlers did a commendable job, bowling South Africa out in less than three sessions is something that's very rare. A lot of people were surprised when we decided to field first. All credit to the bowlers, Bangalore is known for its runs, but our bowlers showed their character. "It's a pity that we lost four days when we were in such a strong position.
"Shikhar (Dhawan) is an impact players and he's done the job in the past and it is great to have him back in form. Nothing has changed in the series, we took the confidence from Mohali to Bangalore and we had a good day's play. The team is in great mood and hopefully we don't have any interruptions anymore and execute their skills in Nagpur."
Rival captain Hashim Amla said, "We've had about seven days of Tests in 20 in the last four Test matches. Very surprised we have lost four days of cricket here. I really didn't think four days would be washed out.
"AB getting 80-odd in his 100th Test was a highlight and we are glad to share the moment with him. Unfortunately we didn't bat very well, but it was still in the balance with the time left."