BANGALORE - The second Test between India and South Africa in Bangalore was headed for a tame draw after bad weather washed out play for the second successive day on Monday.

The umpires called off the scheduled third day’s play, without a ball being bowled, during the lunch break as incessant rain left large puddles of water on the outfield at the Chinnaswamy stadium. The entire second day’s play was also abandoned on Sunday and more wet weather is forecast over the southern city, caused by a cyclonic depression over the Bay of Bengal.

On the rain-free first day, South Africa were shot out for 214 after being sent in to bat in overcast conditions and India replied with 80 for no loss by stumps. India lead the four-match series after securing a 108-run win in the first Test in Mohali last week. The third Test is to be played in Nagpur from November 25.

“It did help us to bowl well”, Ashwin noted. “I do like to stay in the moment and think about what is important today, and that is focusing on this Test match”, said the star batsman, who will become the seventh South African to join the 100-Test club. India made the debatable decision to axe Amit Mishra and bring in Stuart Binny for his first Test on his home ground, and in combination with the returning Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron, that made for an attack of three seamers and two spinners.

Jadeja and Ashwin took four wickets between them in the session which was also marked by De Villiers’ attempts to counter-punch his way out of trouble. An encouragingly bigger crowd than the one in Mohali gave a warm welcome to de Villiers, and India offered him four overthrows early on. AB de Villiers top-scored for South Africa with a defiant 85 in his 100th test but the other batsmen failed to make much of an impact.