Kent v Indians, Canterbury August 26, 2011

Downpour shortens tour game to Twenty20

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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.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 27, 2011, 16:08 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.

  • 5wombats on August 27, 2011, 10:57 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?

  • on August 27, 2011, 9:18 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.

  • MRsachinashwin2000 on August 27, 2011, 4:30 GMT

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

  • rahulcricket007 on August 27, 2011, 2:52 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 ).

  • on August 27, 2011, 2:16 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

  • on August 27, 2011, 1:58 GMT

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

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 27, 2011, 1:56 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?

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 27, 2011, 1:26 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.

  • CricketChat on August 27, 2011, 1:03 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.

  • on August 27, 2011, 16:08 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.

  • 5wombats on August 27, 2011, 10:57 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?

  • on August 27, 2011, 9:18 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.

  • MRsachinashwin2000 on August 27, 2011, 4:30 GMT

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

  • rahulcricket007 on August 27, 2011, 2:52 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 ).

  • on August 27, 2011, 2:16 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

  • on August 27, 2011, 1:58 GMT

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

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 27, 2011, 1:56 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?

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 27, 2011, 1:26 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.

  • CricketChat on August 27, 2011, 1:03 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.

  • on August 27, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    If bowlers struggle in conditions which are termed as paradise for them...Ii wonder where can we expect to perform ...... it seems only batsmen can win one dayers for us...

  • 5wombats on August 26, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Oh - lucky India! Meet Joe Denly. Scores a hundred in a T20 game and is on the losing side! He isn't even in the current England reckoning either. Food for thought. @citizenkc; the last time India met England in ODI it was in India on one of your flat pitches and it was an incredible game which India were quite lucky to draw. This next series will be interesting.

  • cricarch on August 26, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    The last line of the article is the funniest!!!! 'Sachin Tendulkar will be the twelfth man'.

  • on August 26, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    It seems like Kohli and R. Sharma are in really good form..also R. Singh and Munaf and P. Kumar can handle bowling department. These 2 wins would really boost up team's confidence... England is gonna have to work hard to win ODIs.

  • Jaggadaaku on August 26, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Why Indian bowlers make more runs and play a lot better tan Dhoni?

  • umbuly on August 26, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    I think Raina is the only who has been playing every match since world cup, IPL, WI and now ENG. His performance is deteriorating match by match. He needs to be rested to get back in good shape. What is the fate of Mukund? Forgotten ?

  • SaravananIsTheBest on August 26, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    @StraightHit, seems like Dhoni's badLUCK continues... :|

  • on August 26, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Just finished listening to the match on BBC Radio Kent, first of all the guys doing the commentary were hilarious. Second, what an over from Munaf Patel, we all thought Kent had won it just 8 of the last over but Munaf bowled a dream over.

  • citizenkc on August 26, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Truly, this has got to be the worst bowling attack we have had in a very, very long time. I can't see this side getting England out or restricting them. The only way India is going to win an ODI is if our batsmen score big (350 or so), but how are they going to do this against the same bowling side that did not let us cross 300 in four test matches? I think we may have to wait to beat England until we get them on our flat Indian pitches where we can completely negate their fast bowling attack. I hope I am wrong, but .... reason dictates otherwise.

  • on August 26, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Looks like it was an exciting game in the end

  • on August 26, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    why mehmood and wahab never play while playing against any international team & jaarsveld always play

  • on August 26, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    What is India doing with Raina...and Dhoni? Going to play them forever, huh?

  • CricketChat on August 26, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Most likely this match will be turned into a T20 which is not going to help India's efforts to get ready for ODIs. Talk about bad luck!. Ind should forget about this tour.

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    it's really tough.., even the rain is not allowing the Indians to get into their rythm for LOIs..,

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    why this rain didn't come couple of weeks earlier?

  • boxi25 on August 26, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    i think rahul should open the batting with rohit sharma with dhoni at no.3

  • on August 26, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    its best actually its already 5.00pm i should need the latest updates

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  • on August 26, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    its best actually its already 5.00pm i should need the latest updates

  • boxi25 on August 26, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    i think rahul should open the batting with rohit sharma with dhoni at no.3

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    why this rain didn't come couple of weeks earlier?

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    it's really tough.., even the rain is not allowing the Indians to get into their rythm for LOIs..,

  • CricketChat on August 26, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Most likely this match will be turned into a T20 which is not going to help India's efforts to get ready for ODIs. Talk about bad luck!. Ind should forget about this tour.

  • on August 26, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    What is India doing with Raina...and Dhoni? Going to play them forever, huh?

  • on August 26, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    why mehmood and wahab never play while playing against any international team & jaarsveld always play

  • on August 26, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Looks like it was an exciting game in the end

  • citizenkc on August 26, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Truly, this has got to be the worst bowling attack we have had in a very, very long time. I can't see this side getting England out or restricting them. The only way India is going to win an ODI is if our batsmen score big (350 or so), but how are they going to do this against the same bowling side that did not let us cross 300 in four test matches? I think we may have to wait to beat England until we get them on our flat Indian pitches where we can completely negate their fast bowling attack. I hope I am wrong, but .... reason dictates otherwise.

  • on August 26, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Just finished listening to the match on BBC Radio Kent, first of all the guys doing the commentary were hilarious. Second, what an over from Munaf Patel, we all thought Kent had won it just 8 of the last over but Munaf bowled a dream over.