It was a very solemn day at Newlands Cricket Ground yesterday as fans eagerly wait for some cricket action on the field. Unfortunately, the rain came down in showers and excited fans were left disappointed with the official cancelation in the late afternoon.
Showers were forecasted for Sunday, and they duly arrived and didn’t stop for the duration of the day. The pitch remained covered for the entire day and puddles started to form on the ground; meaning cricket would definitely not be on the horizon for the day. For the first time in 82 years, no play took place on the Newlands Cricket Ground in the Test Match.
Although fans were not able to watch the live cricket on the day, South African fans can look forward to an exciting Day 4; with South Africa in the lead by 142 runs. However, it seems that India could easily bowl out South Africa in the second innings which could allow the Indians to win the Test Match! However, South Africa could give themselves the chance to win by batting India out of the Test Series.
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya could quite easily have prevented South Africa from ending on top of Day 2 of the first Test at Newlands Cricket Ground. Pandya can claim sole responsibility for keeping India in the match with his rumbustious 93 and two wickets in the final hour of the day. Without Pandya’s contribution, India would have been in a worrying position for Day 3. Luckily, India has time to regroup and discuss strategy going forward.
Despite this, South Africa managed to build on the first innings lead of 77 runs and were 65 for two at the end of the day; leaving South Africa in the lead with 142 runs at the end of the day. South African and Indian fans looking forward to another whirlwind day of cricket in Day 4 at Newlands Cricket Ground commencing at 10:30 today. Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada open the batting today and look to extend their lead for the Proteas.