India vs South Africa, Highlights, 1st T20I at Dharamsala: Match abandoned due to rain

India vs South Africa, Highlights, 1st T20I at Dharamsala: Match abandoned due to rain

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Well that turned out to be a dampener. Gotta feel for the fans who turned up in large numbers at the HPCA Stadium, only to witness the match get washed out in front of their eyes while scuttling for cover at the venue.

The action now moves to Mohali where the two sides lock horns in the second match of the three-T20I series on Wednesday, 18 September. Do join us on our live coverage for that match. For now, we at FP Sports bid you all good night! 

20:00 (IST)

So, not a single ball was bowled in India's season opener. Even if the rain has completely stopped now, but there is no way the ground-staff would have made this ground ready for play before the official cut-off time. Both teams will now travel to Mohali for the next game, which is taking place on the 18th. 

Sandipan Banerjee, Freelance cricket writer at Dharamsala

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19:55 (IST)

Could come in handy for matches hosted in England, especially in ICC events

19:51 (IST)

It's official: The match has been abandoned due to rain and wet conditions.

Sandipan Banerjee, Freelance cricket writer at Dharamsala

19:51 (IST)
19:45 (IST)

If the match doesn't take place tonight, the fans will be hard done by. Despite the rain since morning, they have come here in large numbers from all over the region. And after 6 PM when there was a heavy downpour, a lot them actually stayed at the stands, which have no roof. In this cold rain, I really feel pity for them.     

Sandipan Banerjee, Freelance cricket writer at Dharamsala

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Senior all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has engineered a superb turnaround for Afghanistan after a shaky start in the third match of the T20I tri-series. The Afghans were reeling at 40/4, before Nabi forged a 79-run stand with Asghar Afghan, and helped his side finish on a respectable 164/6 at the end of their innings. 

Check out the live commentary and full scorecard here

19:29 (IST)

Bad, good, and now bad again...

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Did you know?

Interestingly, at Dharamshala, India are yet to win a single limited-overs match. Before tonight they have played here thrice (2 ODIs and 1 T20I) and on each occasion the hosts had suffered a seven-wicket defeat.

Sandipan Banerjee, Freelance cricket writer at Dharamsala

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What it looks like at Ground Zero right now...

19:10 (IST)

The intensity of the rain is reduced but the damage has already been done. The outfield, where there is no cover, is completely under water. Also, there is a lot of water on the covers as well. I think they will call this match off before the official cut-off time

Sandipan Banerjee, Freelance cricket writer at Dharamsala

19:10 (IST)

India vs South Africa, LIVE Cricket Score, 1st T20I at Dharamsala Latest Updates: The first T20I match at Dharamsala was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.

1st T20I preview: Virat Kohli will be venturing into the unknown with a clean slate, where a few seasoned hands will be backing a group of immensely talented youngsters, in his quest for T20 World Cup which begins with a three-match bilateral series against South Africa.

The 3-0 series win against the West Indies could be called a pre-cursor as it was just after enduring a disappointing end to their ODI World Cup campaign.

The real battle begins now with this series against Quinton de Kocks and Kagiso Rabadas, who are also in the midst of a tough transition phase.

There are many questions that the team management will have to answer in the next 13 months during which IPL will also be held.

Save Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah (rested for this series), at least seven slots in playing XI and four more in the 15-member squad are up for grabs, with some bold steps on cards.

The T20I series against India is the start of a new era in South African cricket, one they will usher into with Quinton de Kock as their captain in the shortest format. After a disappointing World Cup, they have a year to rebuild for next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. The Proteas clinched the T20Is 2-0 the last time they visited these shores for a bilateral series.

 

Squads:

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

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c, wk), 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

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: September 18, 2019 17:22:33 IST

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