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Home > Cricket > India's tour of South Africa 2006 > Report

Rain prevents play in first India-SA ODI

November 19, 2006 18:54 IST
Last Updated: November 19, 2006 23:22 IST

Rain prevented play in the first One-Day International between India and South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.

True to predictions, the weather played a cat and mouse game and heavy clouds kept coming in from the north-west of the Wanderers ground, dashing all optimism the crowd, umpires and officials might have harboured of a good game of cricket.

Steady rain began falling half-an-hour before the scheduled 2.30 pm local time start and continued until the umpires called off play at 6.45 pm.

The teams now travel to the coastal city of Durban for the second match in the five-game series on Wednesday.

There was one brief moment when it appeared that the match would start as umpires Billy Doctrove and Brian Jerling privately suggested that it could be a 39-over affair.

But no sooner the suggestion was made, than it started raining again, forcing everyone indoors.

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Number of User Comments: 5

Sub: great escape by south african team.

rain has saved the south african lions instead of facing indian tigers on their own soils they great world record match was being abaandonded by ...

Posted by sriram

Sub: India escaped from another humilating defeat...

Rain god helped india from another defeat

Posted by Nanda

Sub: Rain

I dont understand why matches are scheduled as per rainy season. We should also schedule matches in July and Aug.

Posted by Yogesh

Sub: Ind-SAfrica 1st ODI 'Batsmen are a pampered lot' Ganguly flops for Northants

Congratulation to the Indian team for comfortably drew the first one day :-) Well done.

Posted by deb

Sub: Happy time

The Indian team should be very happy after the rain washed away the first ODI on this ground mainly because of the nightmare that it ...

Posted by ppk