South Africa are now walking really wounded after losing the first Test in Mohali against India. Moreover, Vernon Philander is now out of this Test series with an injury and the Proteas has to fly in Kyle Abbott to replace him. But rain and repeated thunderstorms can play spoilsport.
Following a convincing beating in the Mohali Test, it seems now two steps back from square one for the Proteas. They have to produce a solid performance in the second Test in Bangalore to claw their way back to the top. But Nature has some other plans. Maybe a twist is waiting for us. India’s advantage is South Africa have to play without one of their key bowlers, also their leg-spinner remains somewhat unconvincing. Another fact is that rain will likely to have the final say if we have to believe the weather forecast. India will be hoping to produce another brilliant bowling performance but due to continuous rain the pitch will be very much unpredictable favouring the pacers.
According to Accuweather.com, repeated rain interruptions and thunderstorm are likely to play havoc to the on-field cricket. The intensity of the rainfall has picked up for the last two-three days. However, one could hope that rain doesn’t spoil all the 5 days of this exciting Test.
Saturday, 14th November (First Day)
The first day of the second Test will remain largely cloudy. 5% chance of a thunderstorm, no rain predicted but due to the clouds it will be hard for the ground staffs to ready the outfield in time as it’s raining heavily today in Bangalore and it is expected to continue all night.
Sunday, 15th November (Second Day)
The rain which has swept the whole city since Monday may spoil the second day also. The Weather forecast predicts the day will remain largely cloudy with heavy shower for up to one and a half hour in the morning and 40% chance of thunderstorm.
Monday, 16th November (Third Day)
There is no forecast of a major thunderstorm to continue on Monday, but the possibility of rain remains as the third day of the test also will be cloudy. Humidity may remain a factor also.
Tuesday, 17th November (Fourth Day)
According to the forecast, there is probably no chance of starting the day’s play in the morning as heavy rain with 40% chance of thunderstorm predicted. Rain will continue for almost 2 hours. So the fourth day of the test could be washed out. The situation may get worse as there is a high possibility of a heavy shower at night also.
Wednesday, 18th November (Fifth Day)
The forecast says fifth day will be with plenty of sunshine. There is no chance of rain or thunderstorm. But due to the continuous rain, will the ground be in playing condition? That’s the main question.