India v New Zealand
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
First Twenty20 International, Visakhapatnam
Yuvraj Singh’s international cricketing comeback has been delayed by the weather after India’s opening match in their two-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand was abandoned without a ball bowled due to heavy rain.
The match in Visakhapatnam – which was hosting its maiden T20 International – was abandoned without even the toss taking place as the heavy rain which had been a feature for much of the week in the lead-up to the match failed to relent.
Besides Yuvraj’s emotional return following his battle against cancer, there had also been the possibility of seeing a return to Indian colours for Harbhajan Singh after he had been included in India’s 15-man squad for the this series and the forthcoming World Twenty20.
For New Zealand, Brendon McCullum was expected to re-take his place at the top of the order after missing the two matches in Florida against the West Indies, while Jacob Oram was hoping to maintain his excellent form with the ball from the recently-completed Sri Lanka Premier League, where he finished as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets for his franchise, Uva Next.
The two teams will try again on Tuesday in the second and final match, which begins at 1330 GMT in Chennai.
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