Bad light brought an early end to proceedings on Day 2 with India reeling at 130 for 4 in reply to New Zealand’s 503. But for the loss of a little over 20 overs, India could have been hurt by few more wickets by the close of the second day.
Vernon Philander’s all-round performance rescued South Africa both with the ball and the bat on Day 2 in the First Test at Johannesburg. The hosts finished the day’s play at 213 for 6 in 66 overs with a deficit of 67 runs to wipe before getting into the lead.
The third ODI at Centurion may have been rained out, but there was something to cheer for India’s lanky fast bowler Ishant Sharma, as he became the 16th Indian and the fifth fastest among countrymen to grab 100 wickets in one-day internationals.
The third and final ODI at Centurion ended on a damp note as rain ensured that not even a single ball was bowled in the Indian run chase. The teams meet again in Johannesburg for the First Test which begins on the 18th.