BENGALURU: The Second Test at Bengaluru has finally been called a draw by the umpires, as the rains played a spoilt sport right from the Day 2 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium without a ball being bowled. It has been a sort of frustration to both the players and the fans out there, to only see the rain ruined updates of the match since four days.
After the umpires officially called off the fifth day of the second test declaring it a draw, both the team captains expressed their dissatisfaction over the spoilt game played by the rains at the post-match Presentation. Indian team captain, Virat Kohli said that his team will be upset as they were not able to capitalize on the good start they received at the start of the second Test.
“It was really a disappoint for us. Bowling out South Africa in just three sessions on a wicket where it is known for batting is not a small thing. We have definitely received a good start but eventually, it was all in the hands of the rain. However, we would like to take the confidence from here to the next game at Nagpur and hopefully, we will repeat the same performance”, Virat Kohli said at the Post-match Presenatation.
When asked about the positives he would take from the One-Day Test match, Virat said “Well, the most important thing is of Shikar Dhawan. He had managed to score some rains and looks like he has returned back to his form again. It is very important for the team for a batsman like Shikhar Dhawan to get going, as he is someone who can win matches for us. The other positive is of the bowlers, who have done extremely well in bowling out South Africa early on a pitch well known for batting. We would look to carry the same momentum through out the tournament”, he added.
An important thing about the Second Test between India and South Africa is that it is also the 100th Test match for AB de villiers. The South African had scored 85 runs from 105 balls in his first innings, the only 50+ contribution from his team on Day 1 of the second test at Bengaluru.
Having won the toss, the Indian captain had decided to make South Africa bat first, on a pitch which was known to assist the batsmen. Virat Kohli had made the right call, as India bowled out South Africa for 214 in just three sessions. In return India were batting at 88/0 with Shikhar Dhawan (45) and Murali Vijay (28) at strike, when the rains took charge of the remaining game.