While not formally announced yet — and this will only be enacted on Tuesday — extension of the Test to an unusual sixth day, which has been kept in reserve, is now veritably a foregone conclusion.
One has to be wary, for Monday’s weather transpired to be much worse than the forecast. The prediction for the two remaining days, though, is better. It remains to be seen if they are enough to salvage a positive result.
The fourth day’s play was abandoned on Monday without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain. The umpires waited for about five hours before calling off the day’s play.
(Senior cricket writer Ashis Ray is a broadcaster and author of the book ‘Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge’)