India vs South Africa 1st T20I: Match abandoned due to rain

first_imgThe 1st T20I between India and South Africa in Dharamsala was abandoned due to heavy incessant rain on Sunday. The continuous downpouring meant that the field was filled with water even as the rain slowed down. The playing conditions were so gloomy that even the coin toss couldn’t take place.Both the teams will now shift bases to Mohali for the 2nd T20I of the 3-match series where India will be looking to launch their 1st win vs South Africa at home.With rain unrelenting and becoming heavier, the toss did not happen as scheduled even though the HPCA Stadium is equipped with quality drainage facility.The rains continue and the match has officially been called off. See you in Chandigarh for the 2nd T20I #INDvSA BCCI (@BCCI) September 15, 2019Around 50 percent uncovered part of the ground had lots of water and water puddles were all over the outfield.Spectators present in the stands stayed there till late in the hope that they could at least see a shortened game. But as the hours wore on, the ones who were seated in the unsheltered part of the stadium started leaving their seats. The ones who stayed were in for more disappointment as the big screen flashed the doomed words: ‘The match has been abandoned’.While there was a prediction of a sharp drizzle in the afternoon, the weather forecast was all clear for the evening but heavens opened up multiple times, putting paid to hopes of even having a five-over per side encounter.advertisementA spell of thundershowers happened in the afternoon and by 5:30 pm it seemed that the rain had subsided with the spectators thronging into the stadium.Just when the ground staff at the HPCA Stadium were working in full force, a second spell completely spoilt the evening as it was clear that even the shortest possible game cannot be conducted in such circumstances with multiple puddles created at the outfield.last_img

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