In Test cricket, rain before a match proves to be a double-edged sword. Either there is a fall of wickets or there is a lot of runs. Every bowler wants to bowl on the pitch which has moisture but it sometimes disturbs the rhythm of the bowling.
Something similar was seen on the fourth day of Johannesburg’s second Test when two seasons of play were washed away by rain. But in the third season there was only a possibility of a game.
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The match was at a very exciting juncture before the start of the fourth day’s play. India needed 8 wickets to win and South Africa needed 122 runs to win.
When Dean Elgar came out on 46 and Rasi on 11 after the arrival of the rain, it was expected that the batsmen would suffer on the fourth day’s pitch under floodlights, which was damp due to rain.
Moisture caused damage
But the exact opposite happened. The cracks which had come on the pitch due to moisture started filling up. The difficulty that the South African batsmen were facing on the third day disappeared completely. This was the reason why the batsmen were not missing to play the drive.
the ball got wet
Along with the crack, as the ball remained on the ground, it kept getting wet. It is important that if the ball gets wet, it does not seam. This was the reason why the Indian bowlers looked quite ordinary in the final session of the fourth day.
The ball was neither coming inwards nor going outwards. How simple the bowling was, it can be gauged from the fact that India could take only 1 wicket on the fourth day. By then the match had fallen into the hands of South Africa.
The Indian bowlers also had trouble catching the ball due to wetness. South Africa got a total of 15 wides off three short pitch balls from Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Siraj, which went over Pant’s head. In this case, it will be called free runs for the host.
India got the advantage in the first test
It rained even before the start of the first day of the first Test and it was expected that batting was going to be very difficult for India but even then the exact opposite was seen.
Openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal played a century partnership. Mayank Agarwal scored a half-century and KL Rahul scored a century. India had scored more than 200 runs on the first day of the match for the loss of just 3 wickets. Just yesterday, the situation went in South Africa’s favor and the series was level at 1-1.