Proteas

Clear skies await India, Proteas

2015-11-23 11:00
Ravichandran Ashwin (AFP)

Cape Town - The good news for the Proteas is that the weather forecast is clear and there is no rain predicted for any of the five days of the third Test against India in Nagpur. 

The bad news is that, instead of the rain that plagued the second Test, the Proteas will have to deal with constant heat and humidity throughout the match, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-30s. 

But perhaps the worst news of all is that another spinner's paradise awaits. 

The Proteas, 1-0 down in the series, were saved somewhat by the rain in Bangalore after they were skittled for 214 in their first innings before watching India cruise to 80/0. 

The chief destroyers once again for the Indians were Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja - the pair now responsible for 24 of the 30 Proteas wickets to have fallen in the series so far. 

Memories of the first Test in Mohali, when the Proteas seemed hypnotised by the Inidan spin, will still be fresh.

But at least this time the Proteas know that there will be no rain.

They have the time to get back into the series ... the only question now is whether they have the ability. 

5-day weather report in Nagpur (in.weather.com):

Wednesday: 33° Celsius - 0% rain

Thursday: 33° Celsius - 0% rain

Friday: 33° Celsius - 0% rain

Saturday: 32° Celsius - 0% rain

Sunday: 32° Celsius - 0% rain

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