India-South Africa T20I series opener ends in a damp squib

Umpires called off the match almost two hours before the cut-off time
Umpires called off the match almost two hours before the cut-off time
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Both India and South Africa were looking to try out a few youngsters leading up to the T20 World Cup but will now have to wait till Wednesday for the 2nd T20I.


Result - Match abandoned due to rain without the toss


You've got to question the scheduling of the match as August-September are the two months when it rains the heaviest up north in India and the T20I series opener between India and South Africa was scheduled in Dharamshala right during this period.

It does not come as a surprise then that the match was called off without even the toss being held. It had been raining for the entire week and it pelted down a couple of hours before the start of play.

After slowing down for a few minutes, it picked up pace again and with one-fourth of the ground not covered, there were enough puddles for the umpires to call off the match almost two hours earlier than the cut-off time.

Both India and South Africa have rested few of their key players for the series and are looking to try out a few youngsters leading up to the T20 World Cup. Looks like, both teams will have to wait till Wednesday when the second match of the series is scheduled at Mohali.

Thankfully, the weather forecast there is expected to be a lot better and we should get a full game come Wednesday.

India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Rahul Chahar, K Khaleel Ahmed

South Africa- Quinton de Kock(w, c), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde
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