January 27, 2018 / 8:15 AM / 4 months ago

Damp outfield delays start of day four at the Wanderers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A damp outfield has delayed the start of play on the fourth morning of the controversial third and final test between South Africa and India at the Wanderers on Saturday.

Cricket - India v South Africa - Third Test match - The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - January 26, 2018. India's Ajinkya Rahane takes evasive action. REUTERS/James Oatway

Overnight rain has cleared and the sun was out, but umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar will have a further inspection at 10:30 am local time (8:30 GMT) to assess when play can resume.

South Africa are 17 for one in their second innings, chasing a victory target of 241 on a treacherous wicket that has pace, prodigious bounce and lateral movement.

Cricket - India v South Africa - Third Test match - The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - January 26, 2018. South Africa’s Morne Morkel celebrates taking the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane. REUTERS/James Oatway

The umpires had suspended play 20 minutes before the close on Friday after deeming the pitch too dangerous to continue as a number of players had been struck by deliveries rising sharply off a good length.

It raised the question over whether the test would continue, but after a meeting between the umpires, match referee Andy Pycroft and team representatives, it was decided to play on.

South Africa have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, and are seeking a first ever clean-sweep over India.

Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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