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Rain forecast for Day 2 of Ranchi Test

October 19, 2019 19:48 IST

Ground staff run on to ground with the covers as sudden rain stops play on Day 1 of the 3rd Test between India and South Africa at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Saturday

IMAGE: Ground staff run on to ground with the covers as sudden rain stops play on Day 1 of the 3rd Test between India and South Africa at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI

Rain may affect the second day's proceedings as well in the third and final India-South Africa Test, the local weatherman predicted in Ranchi on Saturday.

 

Only 58 overs of play were possible on the first day as bad light followed by heavy showers stopped the proceedings six overs into the third session with India 224 for three.

"There is a possibility of thundershowers and lightning at isolated places in Ranchi. Chances are less by Monday onwards," an official of the Indian Meteorological Department, Ranchi, said.

The day largely remained overcast with the sun playing hide and seek and there was a brief drizzle in the second session when Rohit Sharma notched up his sixth Test century with a six off Dane Piedt in the 45th over.

The weatherman blamed it on the cyclonic circulation positioned over east-central Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring areas.

India have an unbeatable 2-0 lead and are eyeing a whitewash in the three-match series.

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