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

IND vs SA 1st ODI Highlights: The toss had been delayed due to wet outfield initially, with a cut-off time for a 20-over match set at 6:30 pm. However, as rain continued to pelt the venue, the match was called off at 5:20 pm.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: March 12, 2020 5:34:25 pm
India vs South Africa 1st ODI Highlights: The match was called off without the toss being held.

India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) 1st ODI Highlights: The 1st ODI in Dharamsala has been abandoned due to rain and wet outfield without even the toss being held. The toss had been delayed due to wet outfield initially, with a cut-off time for a 20-over match set at 6:30 pm. However, as rain continued to pelt the venue, the match was called off at 5:20 pm.

Dark skies over the HPCA Stadium in the late afternoon (Express Photo/Vishal Menon)

The ODI series between India and South Africa was set to begin with the first match in Dharamsala on Thursday. However, there is a threat of rain at the venue before the crucial match. The returns of Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan were the things to watch out for in the India team. South Africa, on the other hand, will see Faf du Plessis, their former skipper, return to the ODI format for the first time since the World Cup last year.

Live Blog

India vs South Africa 1st ODI Highlights:

17:23 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Match abandoned

The 1st ODI at Dharamsala has been abandoned. Without a ball being bowled. Or even without the toss.

17:03 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Bad news incoming

Lots of puddles still on the ground and there is an on-field discussion between the groundsmen. A drizzle is still on. The match could be called off officially within the next half hour or so.

16:48 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Time running out

The current scenario is not very positive in Dharamsala. The skies remain dark. The covers remain on. Time is running out for us to have a match of any duration.

16:25 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Not looking good in Dharamsala

A minimum of 40 overs need to be bowled to constitute a game, and we need to get started at 6:30 pm. However, things are not looking very bright in Dharamsala at the moment. The skies are dark and so is the prospect of the match today. The official word for now is that we shall have to wait for up to 2 hours to have a final call taken.

16:10 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Cricket fans lash out at BCCI for poor scheduling

Miffed with another washout at HPCA ground in Dharamsala, cricket fans are lashing out at the BCCI for poor scheduling as the first ODI between India and South Africa has been delayed due to rain.

15:49 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Weather: Bad to worse
15:46 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Weather Update
15:15 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Cut-off time for a 20-over match is 6:30pm IST

With the arrival of rains and wet outfield, the HPCA groundsmen are toiling hard for drying up the surface and the inspection team has decided that-  The cut-off time for a 20-over match is 6:30pm IST. Overs will be deducted from now on in the Dharamsala ODI. One over will be deducted for every four minutes in the encounter. Cut off time is 6.30 PM. 

15:05 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Rain plays spoilsport

Covers being brought back on. A fresh bout of short, sharp spell that lasted only 5 minutes but has completely undone the work by groundsmen who had just about managed to dry out the areas on either side of the pitch.

14:41 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Ground Inspection done

Covers are completely off In Dharamsala and an inspection has done. Expecting toss to be done soon. Toss at 2:55 pm, Play at 3:15 pm. 42 overs per side. 

14:10 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Covers being removed

The covers are being removed slowly at HPCA ground in Dharamsala. The main pitch covers stay, but the ones around it are being peeled off first. Hope for the best!

13:29 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Crowds pour in despite ministry directive

Despite the sports ministry’s directives to Himachal Pradesh state administrations to avoid mass gatherings in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, fans continued to pour in for the opening India-South Africa ODI in Dharamsala.

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13:01 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Delayed toss

The weather has been unforgiving at Dharamsala. The umpires are inspecting the outfield as it's wet and unsuitable for play. The groundsmen are at work as the toss has been delayed. Next inspection will be after 15 minutes. 

11:48 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Playing 11 Prediction

India vs South Africa 1st ODI Dream11 Team Prediction: Captain, Vice-Captain, Playing 11 Prediction: Hardik Pandya last played an ODI against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final in Manchester and his last international game was a T20 against the Proteas in Bengaluru in September last year.

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08:32 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Weather forecast

Hello and welcome to India vs South Africa 1st ODI live blog. The first encounter of the three-match series. The weather is likely to play spoilsport in the game as rain showers are expected to interrupt the game several times. Expect a rain-curtailed affair at Dharamsala. DLS may come into play in the clash of big teams. 

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, JJ Smuts, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Beuran Hendricks