Rain interrupts India's march

KOLKATA: Bad weather brought a brief respite to South Africa as India pressed for a series-levelling victory in the second and final Test here at the Eden Gardens today.

The tourists, trailing by 347 runs on the first innings, lost three key wickets on the rain-curtailed fourth day to stutter to 115-3 in their second knock by stumps. Just 34.1 overs were sent down during the day. In the brief period of action, leg-spinner Amit Mishra sent back skipper Graeme Smith (20) and Jacques Kallis (20), and Harbhajan Singh dismissed Alviro Petersen. Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 49 and Ashwell Prince had yet to score.

India, who lost the first Test in Nagpur by an innings and six runs, will hope for a clear

day on Thursday as they attempt to draw the series and retain their No 1 Test ranking.