Kent v Indians, Canterbury

Downpour shortens tour game to Twenty20

Nagraj Gollapudi at St Lawrence

August 26, 2011

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Rain delays the start of play at St Lawrence, Kent v Indians, Canterbury, August 26, 2011
Rain forced the pitch at St Lawrence to remain covered © Bipin Patel
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A heavy downpour in the afternoon followed by intermittent drizzle delayed the start of the tour match between the Indians and Kent Spitfires at the St Lawrence ground and eventually forced the umpires to switch the 50-over game to a 20-over one.

The Indians arrived in Canterbury on Thursday night immediately after their six-wicket victory over Sussex at Hove. It was their first win of the tour and the visitors would like to keep the winning rhythm after their 4-0 whitewash in the Test series.

Unfortunately, the Indians were forced to sit inside the dressing room, apart from walking downstairs into the long room housed in the Frank Woolley stand for their lunch. Outside thousands of Indian fans waded through water that cascaded down the slope of the front entrance of the ground. The die-hard fans continued to stand there, cuddled up in their woollens and jackets, under umbrellas, waiting just to get a sneak peak at the Indian players.

The umpires carried out their first inspection at 4 p.m. and were straightaway concerned by the wet areas in outfield. Even though the match was converted into a Twenty20, the umpires were worried about the practice strips to the right of the Frank Woolley stand on the pavilion side as the fielders could easily slip. Though the sun had come out for the first time half-way through the day, the umpires remained dissatisfied and after another inspection at 5 p.m, decided on a third at 6 p.m and then at 6:30 decided the game had to be reduced to a Twenty20 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, in a piece of good news for the Indians, Gautam Gambhir was batting in the indoor nets facing throwdowns from the bowling coach Eric Simons. Gambhir, who picked up a concussion in the fourth Test, was not listed on the team sheet distributed at the start of the day. Rahul Dravid, who played for Kent in 2000, will play the match while Sachin Tendulkar will be the twelfth man.

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Posted by   on (August 27, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

@5wombats: What do you call England getting on top spot?...I would say its luck...If the series had been played in India, it would have been cleanly swept by India. Any way, I agree that India did mistakes by not giving chance to few youngsters. BTW, Indians never asked for luck, we didn't pray for luck, it just came to us. I would say if you really needed to curse India's luck, cry in front of God, not infront of us. Indians have played enough of cricket, got injured, it would be better if they rest alap. We don't need to win every damn series, it is just okay with us to win few more WORLD CUPs.

Posted by 5wombats on (August 27, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy; once more the history lessons. History cannot help India now. @Jyotishman Sharma; What about Strauss being given out off a no ball? And what about the luck of India winning the toss twice in paradise bowling conditions and then..., er, losing the matches? Luck is like the celestial two dice - sometimes you get 7's. India going to need a lot of 7's. I am wondering - when are India going to send the bowlers out to join this tour?

Posted by   on (August 27, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

All hail the mighty, victorious Indian team. The way Patel managed to deliberately run up, throw his arm but not release TWICE in the last over was a really unfitting way to ensure a win at any cost, against a Kent side that matched them through the game but can't have started expecting a win. Such a shame an excellent game of cricket ended on a bitter note.

Posted by MRsachinashwin2000 on (August 27, 2011, 5:30 GMT)

They key men are going to be m.patel,z.khan,v.kohli and the great r.dravid

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 27, 2011, 3:52 GMT)

FROM THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE TWO PRACTICE MATCHES ONE QUESTION IS RISING IN MY MIND THAT WHY VIRAT KOHLI WAS NOT SELECTED IN PLAYING 11 FOR THE FOURTH TEST INSTEAD OF RAINA ? KOHLI CAN PERFORM BETTER THAN RAINA ( AT LEAST KOHLI CAN PLAY SWANN BETTER THAN RAINA ).

Posted by   on (August 27, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

he he, i can understand this fully, Indians being called lucky now. @5wombats- I will not speculate much about the future, but talking about luck, Stuart Broad's hattrick and at least two more instances when India's batsmen were given out wrongly. Are you talking about luck 5wombats

Posted by   on (August 27, 2011, 2:58 GMT)

two wins on a trott it will boost india's confidence ...give chance two varun...

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (August 27, 2011, 2:56 GMT)

@5wombats, if India was lucky test series wouldn't have been like this and I am definitely surprised when you said lucky India just for tour matches. Isn't funny when you say India luckily drew the WC match with ENG whom India white washed before WC?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 27, 2011, 2:26 GMT)

Bowling will always be India's weak link. I don't wish to talk about that. However, India's batting riches are immense in the one day and T20 setup. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma etc are class acts in this regard. India have many match winners here and I can't pin point any 1 particular man. The bowling is shaky although Ashwin, Munaf Patel can be very good on their day. Still India needs impact bowlers like Malinga who can bowl quick yorkers towards the end of an innings. Joe Denly is a bright talent in the future for England BUT NO WAY should have Kent even got a sniff to win this game. Then again T20 is a lottery where even the weak teams can pull off a stunner; England vs Holland is a fine example.

Posted by CricketChat on (August 27, 2011, 2:03 GMT)

Terrific knock by Denly!. I think Eng discarded him too soon. Hope this knock will change his attitude and career from now on. A lucky win for Ind is no solace nor can hide their weaknesses. They are doomed on this tour. This will become a watershed tour for many players in their camp.

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