Rain holds up India charge

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: India were thwarted by the weather in Durban (AP) India were thwarted by the weather in Durban (AP)

Heavy rain in Durban ruined India's chances of building a quick second-day platform in the second Test against South Africa.

An unbroken downpour firstly delayed the start of day two, then completely washed out the morning session.

An early lunch was taken at 11.30am local time (9.30am GMT) in a desperate bid to give as much opportunity of the teams getting out into the middle as possible.

India dominated the first day of the final Test before bad light stopped play.

When the sides do finally resume they will do so with Murali Vijay (91 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (58no) itching to cement India's first-day foundation of 181 for one.

Shikhar Darwan remains the only wicket to fall in the match so far, removed by Morne Morkel for 29 when India had 41 runs on the board.

South Africa great Jacques Kallis will be just as desperate as the Indians for the weather to dry up.

The 38-year-old chose Christmas Day to announce his Test retirement at the end of this match.

The 166-Test veteran bowled seven overs on day one but was unable to make a breakthrough, and will doubtless look forward to South Africa's first innings, whenever it comes, and a chance to clock up some runs.

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