India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali March 14, 2013

Incessant rain washes out first day

ESPNcricinfo staff

No play on day 1 between India and Australia
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Persistent rain made sure even the toss didn't take place on the first day of the third Test in Mohali. It began raining around 3am, and continued well into the morning.

When it stopped raining, the ground staff went to work on the covers that had puddles of water. The outfield seemed to have drained well, but the covers needed at least a couple of hours of work. However, the drizzle returned shortly, laying to rest any hopes of play.

If every thing goes right, the toss will now take place on the second morning and play will start half an hour early on each of the remaining days. The forecast for the remaining days is better, although spells of rain are expected on day two.

India, who lead the series 2-0, did not name their XI but Australia confirmed their line-up, with Matthew Wade ruled out due to his ankle injury and Glenn Maxwell made 12th man. That meant Brad Haddin was included for his first Test in more than a year, while Steven Smith was also named for the first time since the 2010-11 Ashes. The decision to rule four players out due to disciplinary issues meant Australia had only 12 men to choose from, and they recalled the offspinner Nathan Lyon to bowl alongside the left-armer Xavier Doherty.

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  • yuvraj on March 15, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    For those who think i am an Aussie fan. I never mentioned anywhere as i am aussie fan. I am protea fan actually. I cant wait till we thrash this ordinary indian team, when they visit us this november. Their 8-0 will become 11-0 and this will give shame on all of their fans. Probably Zim will play better than this substandard team in overseas condition.

  • V.L on March 15, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Aussie players will have new assignment added to their homework - Pray to the rain gods! If things get even more desperate, they will be asked to make PPTs on 3 best ways to pray and appease the rain gods!

  • V.L on March 15, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    @ Nampally Looks like you have no idea what you were talking about. I will tell you why You say the head got zapped. By head you meant only "sehwag" I mean really is that a surprise for you? Thats why he got zapped from the team. The rest of them were out trying to quicken the pace on a turning day 3 wicket. Do you honestly think Maxwell would have got 4 wickets otherwise? And the guy you are suggesting to replace Jadeja, Rahane has done no better. Jadeja has atleast picked wickets. Rahane averages 25 after 16 ODIs and is enroute to become the next Rohit Sharma. Manoj Tiwary, Unmukt Chand and even Manish Pandey are far better players. Rahane fanboys must undersand he can play only "Hit and Giggle" cricket not even ODIs, let alone tests. He was ruffled by the Englishmen at both home and away. Pakistani seamers dismissed him before his 2 minute noodles could cook! The only changes I would make to this team Ishant out Shammi in, Bhajji out Tiwary in(to give him some practice before SA)

  • Ashok on March 14, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    @kkk777: I named the 4 out of top 6 to state that these 4 cannot succeed consistently in every test.What happens if these 4 guys jointly fail?Don't forget Pakistan recently had India 29 for 4!. In the second test it was Pujara who got a double century & Vijay 174. After these 2 were out, the Last 6 wkts. fell for less than 100 runs. The head (#1 bat) got zapped & "Tail" collapsed. All I am emphasising is consistency is not the forte of the Indian batsmen. Only Pujara has shown that determination in the past & now Dhoni in this series. So India needs to reinforce their batting with one more specialist batsmen like Rahane in place of Jadeja + a specialist bowler, Ojha replacing Harbhajan. Neither Jadeja nor Harbhajan have done much in batting in 2 Tests. Harbhajan, as a bowler, got just 5 wkts. in 4 innings- just over 1 Wkt./innings!

  • James on March 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Look on the bright side, it was the best day of the tour so far for Australia and it gave all of their players the chance to do their homework.

  • kundan on March 14, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @Nampally: Hahaha... You named 4 out of top 6 in your "thanks mainly to" list. How many more firing batsman do you want? 11? As for Ojha, Dhoni explained his logic eons ago. Now, whether that was right or wrong can only be proven by the end of the series. Till now it looks fine to me. @Albert_cambell: old are you again?

  • Chaitanya on March 14, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell...Really? Is that what you came up with? Bhuvaneswar Kumar picked the first 3 aussie wickets in Hyderabad which is a spin friendly track. If Your batsmen coudn't handle him on a spin track , how do you expect them to handle him on a seamer friendly pitch in Mohali. worse then kenya bowlers?? so Aus can't ahndle even bowlers who are worse then kenya bowlers?

  • Tahir on March 14, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    At a time when Indian fans were eying total dominance on the weakened aussies, rain gods have said no. Moisture on the pitch may help fastmen and aussies can benefit and three indian spinners can be too much for this track. while aussies have just two to win the third test.

  • Ashok on March 14, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I am amazed that Dhoni has NOT announced his XI on Day 1 of the Test match, even if it was washed out. Will MSD go with the same team as in the first 2 Test with Dhawan substituting Sehwag? Whilst Dhawan was told that he is in XI by MSD, Ojha did not get any such intimation.So it is clear that Ojha will be dropped for the 3 Tests in a row just like Pujara was sacked for 3 ODI's in a row.Any good captain will see some sense & bring back Ojha to replace Bhaji. It also makes sense to see "Oft benched Rahane" to replace Jadeja. Indian batting clicked for the first 2 Tests, thanks mainly to Pujara, SRT, Kohli & Dhoni. Rest of the batting failed. So it is very fragile! Jadeja is a good bowler but not a great batsman. Ojha is definitely better than Jadeja & Bhaji as a bowler & Rahane better than Jadeja as a batsman. Better to have a specialist batsman & a specialist bowler than an All rounder who fails in batting. That is the simple truth. But "Politics" reign supreme in Indian XI selection !

  • Anwar uz on March 14, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    First time in this tour, end of Day 1 Aussies shared equal honours !! Well done! and a good comeback after the trashing received in the previous two tests, if luck holds like today, maybe you will get to draw this test.

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