Another day down the drain in Bangalore

South Africa's hopes of staying alive in the Test series in India was given another boost as day three was washed out without a ball bowled, the same fate as day two, with day four looking to be more of the same.

With day two down the drain, day three wasn't even close to getting started, and the officials wasted little time in calling it off. When the scheduled time for lunch arrived, the called play off.

The forecast for day four is also bleak, and the M Chinnaswamy stadium's drainage system is not coping with the downpour, with big puddle on the outfield that will take a long time to dry.

So as it stands, India re on 80 without loss, after South Africa recorded 214 all out on day one. India lead the series one-nil, so the Proteas will be pleased with a draw here, with two matches to play.

If the Proteas lose this series, it will be their first Test series defeat away from home in nine years. They last lost in Sri Lanka in 2006.