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India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I Highlights: Match abandoned due to rain, damp pitch

IND vs SL (India vs Sri Lanka) 1st T20 Highlights: The match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. India had chosen to field first but rain came down before the scheduled start of the match.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 5, 2020 10:08:52 pm
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India vs Sri Lanka (IND vs SL) 1st T20 Highlights: Rain had the last laugh at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati, Assam on Sunday as the 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka was washed out without a ball being bowled. The teams will move to Indore for the 2nd T20I of the series on Tuesday.

India captain Virat Kohli had won the toss and elected to bowl first but rain came down before the scheduled start of the match. The rain cleared up soon after but damp spots developed on the pitch, which made play impossible to start by the cut-off time – 9:46 pm. There might be more investigations into what went wrong at the stadium, with several former cricketers suggesting that the covers used at the ground might not have been up to the mark to prevent seepage of water onto the pitch.

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India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I Highlights:

21:56 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Match abandoned

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled.

21:45 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Next match

No official word yet. Just the spectre of the wet pitch that still hangs over Barsapara. The next match will be on January 7 in Indore. Seems more and more likely the first ball of the series will be bowled there and not in Assam. "Schoolboy error that the water has seeped onto the pitch. Perhaps there are a few holes in the covers," says Akash Chopra from the ground.

21:31 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Inspection

Inspection underway. Umpires seen shaking their heads and walking away. Final word soon. Akash Chopra says from the ground we should be bracing for some bad news.

21:27 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Atmosphere refuses to die down

Work continues on the pitch. Patches on the pitch being hammered right now. Next (and possibly final) inspection in 5 minutes. Cut-off time for a match is 20 minutes away - 9:46 pm.

21:17 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Harbhajan Singh entertains the crowd

Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan seen near the crowd. Harbhajan does a few Bhangra moves to get the crowd going. There has been no cricket to entertain the Barsapara crowd today, Harbhajan ensures the party atmosphere continues. 15 minutes till the next (and possibly final inspection).

21:09 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Cut-off time for minimal play

The cut-off time for a five-over game is 9:46 PM. The crowd are anxiously waiting for the action to start. The umpires are yet to take a call. 

21:04 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Hair dryer and steam iron to rescue

Yes, you read that right. The groundsmen are using 'desi jugaad' to dry the pitch. An attempt to dry the pitch with hairdryer and steam iron. Gautam Gambhir is in splits after seeing the use of hairdryer. This is the definition of bizarre. 

20:50 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Inspection at 9 PM

The next inspection will be at 9 PM. A light roller coupled with a vacuum cleaner to dry the pitch. 

20:31 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Unsure weather strikes again

After the rain made a comeback,  it has stopped now and the pitch repair act continues with the vacuum cleaner.

20:27 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Rain stops

Good news! The drizzle has stopped. Groundsmen hurry inside to continue their work in drying up the outfield.

20:26 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Added protection

The rain continues in Guwahati. An added layer of protection has been added to protect the area around the pitch. Protecting the ground from further damage (wet patches were the primary concern till about 15 minutes ago) is on the agenda, but till the drizzle stops, there cannot be any good news. Next inspection still scheduled for 9 pm but we need rain to stop soon for that to go ahead.

20:15 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Covers are back on

Rain returns! Well, for all you optimistic souls out there, looks like tonight is a test of resolve. The covers are brought back on as the rain returns in Guwahati.

20:11 (IST)05 Jan 2020
New inspection at 9 pm

The inspection scheduled for 8:15 is off! There are some damp areas on the field, and umpires decide more work is done before a diagnosis can be given. Moppers have been brought out to dry the field. New inspection will be held at 9 pm. This delay means that we are almost assured to be denied a full 40-over match. 

19:58 (IST)05 Jan 2020
The wait continues
19:55 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Covers off, cricket on?

The rain seems to have stopped for a while. The two umpires have gone out on the pitch and after some inspection, they have told the groundstaff to remove the covers. Looks like we are going to have some cricket in Guwahati!

19:31 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan...

Lots of injuries last year, but it's part and parcel of the game. It's a new year, looking forward to a new start. I always take things in a positive manner. Injuries are natural, just take them in my stride. Looking forward to score lots of runs this year, be a more impactful player, win matches for my team and win the World Cup. This series is a good opportunity for me to score runs. I am always developing my game, developing new shots.

19:00 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Latest visuals

This doesn't look like a good sight inside the stadium!

18:56 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Heavy rain in Guwahati

Intermittent clouds which you obviously can't see and as we speak the rain continues to come down harder!

18:51 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Rain makes appearance

Surprise, surprise! It is raining in Guwahati just minutes before the start of the match.

18:40 (IST)05 Jan 2020
Playing XIs

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera(wk), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga(c)

Squads:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Shardul Thakur

Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Perera(w), Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga(c), Lahiru Kumara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan

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