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Ranji Trophy: Rain mars Day 1 of Punjab-Karnataka semi-final

January 18, 2014 16:29 IST

The opening day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Punjab and Karnataka was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain in Mohali on Saturday.

Ranji semi-final abandoned due to rainRain continued to lash the PCA stadium and even when it stopped, the ground conditions were not suitable for play.

The two captains could not even walk in for the toss.

If the rain recedes, the umpires will try to make up for lost time by having an early start on Sunday.

In an earlier Group stage encounter between the two sides, Harbhajan Singh-led Punjab were comprehensively beaten by Karnataka in Hubli last month.

Punjab had made the semi-finals last year and would look to reach the summit clash after nine years.

Karnataka, who were ousted in the quarter-final stage in 2012-13, would like to move a step closer to their seventh title.