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IND vs SA, Centurion weather update: Wet outfield delays toss of India vs South Africa 1st Test at SuperSport Park

IND vs SA first Test: Team India also had to cancel its practice session at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Monday, one day before the first Test because of heavy rain.

IND vs SA weather update: The pitch and part of the ground is covered during rains one day before the first India vs South Africa Test match at SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium, in Centurion. (PHOTO: REUTERS)IND vs SA weather update: The pitch and part of the ground is covered during rains one day before the first India vs South Africa Test match at SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium, in Centurion. (PHOTO: REUTERS)

IND vs SA first Test: The start of the first Test match between India and South Africa has been delayed due to wet patches on the outfield, according to media reports from South Africa. The toss, which was to happen at 1 pm IST (9:30 am local time) has consequently been pushed ahead.

It is learnt that an inspection of the conditions will happen at 10 am local time (1.30pm IST).

Even before the match, there had been predictions of heavy rains interrupting the first two days of the first IND vs SA Test at Centurion.

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According to AccuWeather, there remains a 96% chance of rain during the day on Tuesday. The website also added that there was a 38 percent chance of thunderstorms, most likely between 7 and 9 am (local time). About four hours of rain is expected in Centurion on Tuesday. The city had experienced relentless rain over the past couple of days.

AccuWeather suggests 60% chance of rain in the night, which could have an impact on Day 2 of the Test. “Mainly cloudy with occasional rain and a thunderstorm,” says the website.

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In fact, Team India had to cancel its practice session at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Monday, one day before the first Test because of heavy rain in the South African city.

The curator for the wicket, Brain Bloy, had said that there was heavy chance of rain on the first two days of the Boxing Day Test. “I don’t know what conditions will be like, whether we will get play on Day 1,” he had said before predicting cold conditions for the Test.

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“You are seeing a forecast on Day 1 and Day 2. It doesn’t look very good. The sun is out for four days and, so there will be some purchases for spinners, offer turn and bounce; with the weather forecast, I don’t know how accurate it will be as there will be a lot of rain,” Bloy had told PTI on Saturday.

Rohit Sharma and Co were to begin their campaign to script history on Tuesday when the two-match India vs South Africa Test series was to start at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Since 1992, when South Africa was allowed back into the international cricket fold, India have made eight trips to the African nation, but have returned empty-handed as far as Test cricket is concerned.

First published on: 26-12-2023 at 13:18 IST
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