India v New Zealand, 1st T20, Visakhapatnam September 8, 2012

Rain wipes out first Twenty20

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India v New Zealand - Match abandoned without a ball bowled

The thousands who thronged the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam to watch its first ever Twenty20, and Yuvraj Singh's long-awaited comeback from cancer, had to go home disappointed as rain had the final say. Persistent rain in the evening meant that the toss was itself a non-starter. The match was called off without a ball bowled nearly an hour and 30 minutes after the scheduled 7pm start.

There was some consolation for the crowd, though, as Yuvraj made an appearance to loud cheers when he was felicitated by the local association, despite the drizzle. The rain has been a continuing trend in this tour. The Tests at Hyderabad and Bangalore had weather interruptions, but India managed to secure wins in both. The teams will now head to Chennai for the second and final Twenty20 on Tuesday. From the teams' perspective, the rain couldn't have come at a worse time, given that the World Twenty20 is only a couple of weeks away. They will hope for better weather in Chennai, or risk going to Sri Lanka short on T20 practice.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Expansion on September 10, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Oh first T20 match is washed off by rain.I hope 2nd T20 won't be same as the previous one.Currently the weather is bright and sunny.Just 24 hrs left for 2nd T20 match.i hope yuvi comes out with guns blazing which would be a perfect start for India's world cup campaign.

  • mark2011 on September 9, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    ohhh its raining in India also when criket is playing.... some ppl were saying SLPL was not plan well considering rain season.. so what now this series.?? not well planned by BCCI? no reserve days???...this is how things bounce back on you when you insult others for same reason...it was not like ground after rain.. nice river ??? or what a pity ...

  • ProdigyA on September 9, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    @Supreet Singh - Vizag is one the most beautiful places in Southern India only after Kerala. No reason why cricket should not be promoted here. Blame the BCCI for scheduling matches at the wrong time of the year.

  • satanswish on September 9, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    BCCI please schedule more such series in monsoon season. Gotta love to see the raining ground.

  • asifmohd99 on September 9, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    bad news the awaited match is washed out, would have liked to support india rather than emotionally think

  • CHAMP-INDIA on September 9, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Ahh.... Rain really spoiled the match yesterday, I tried to keep myself free for this evening event but everything went in vain, was desperate to see Yuvi in action after so long span of time. Hope it does'nt rain in chennai. All the Best to all the teams for the T20 World cup 2012. We just need a good cricket show from all the countries, but as an Indian i wish India to be in top of all.

  • calcu on September 9, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Unlucky yuvraj. He will have to wait another 3 days before his comeback.

  • on September 9, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    austrialia will be wobbling in this world cup for sure

  • on September 9, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I wonder why someone commented bad about Vizag. I have been to there,such a pleasant place in India. And yes the 4 ODI's that were played there were a succes for India.The First century of Dhoni under Ganguly's leadership against Pakistan and the century of Yuvi there. And Yes,ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam(Vizag) is the only 2 stadium's in India with good drainage facility and the stadium with International standards amidst the Eastern Ghats and Khambalakonda Forests with a good seaview.

  • murthyyvr on September 9, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    This is for supreet singh. Sorry my dear probably you have some memory problem. So far 4 ODIs took place in the new stadium in which India played against 4 different ex-world champs and emerged as winner in all four. none of them are rain affected.to the best of my memory even in the old stadium in vizag not even a single match is rain affected. In the recent edition of IPL, yes a match or two are affected. But, pal IPL is not the only cricket. I really pity on your GK and advise you to improve it and hey, the day you become president of BCCI then you may think on not conducting matches in Vizag.

  • Expansion on September 10, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Oh first T20 match is washed off by rain.I hope 2nd T20 won't be same as the previous one.Currently the weather is bright and sunny.Just 24 hrs left for 2nd T20 match.i hope yuvi comes out with guns blazing which would be a perfect start for India's world cup campaign.

  • mark2011 on September 9, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    ohhh its raining in India also when criket is playing.... some ppl were saying SLPL was not plan well considering rain season.. so what now this series.?? not well planned by BCCI? no reserve days???...this is how things bounce back on you when you insult others for same reason...it was not like ground after rain.. nice river ??? or what a pity ...

  • ProdigyA on September 9, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    @Supreet Singh - Vizag is one the most beautiful places in Southern India only after Kerala. No reason why cricket should not be promoted here. Blame the BCCI for scheduling matches at the wrong time of the year.

  • satanswish on September 9, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    BCCI please schedule more such series in monsoon season. Gotta love to see the raining ground.

  • asifmohd99 on September 9, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    bad news the awaited match is washed out, would have liked to support india rather than emotionally think

  • CHAMP-INDIA on September 9, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Ahh.... Rain really spoiled the match yesterday, I tried to keep myself free for this evening event but everything went in vain, was desperate to see Yuvi in action after so long span of time. Hope it does'nt rain in chennai. All the Best to all the teams for the T20 World cup 2012. We just need a good cricket show from all the countries, but as an Indian i wish India to be in top of all.

  • calcu on September 9, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Unlucky yuvraj. He will have to wait another 3 days before his comeback.

  • on September 9, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    austrialia will be wobbling in this world cup for sure

  • on September 9, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I wonder why someone commented bad about Vizag. I have been to there,such a pleasant place in India. And yes the 4 ODI's that were played there were a succes for India.The First century of Dhoni under Ganguly's leadership against Pakistan and the century of Yuvi there. And Yes,ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam(Vizag) is the only 2 stadium's in India with good drainage facility and the stadium with International standards amidst the Eastern Ghats and Khambalakonda Forests with a good seaview.

  • murthyyvr on September 9, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    This is for supreet singh. Sorry my dear probably you have some memory problem. So far 4 ODIs took place in the new stadium in which India played against 4 different ex-world champs and emerged as winner in all four. none of them are rain affected.to the best of my memory even in the old stadium in vizag not even a single match is rain affected. In the recent edition of IPL, yes a match or two are affected. But, pal IPL is not the only cricket. I really pity on your GK and advise you to improve it and hey, the day you become president of BCCI then you may think on not conducting matches in Vizag.

  • khankijaan on September 9, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Yuvi, Welcumback to the international arena ,,,,lots of love from a Pakistani of u

  • on September 9, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @cooljack_143----i cant forget way Uvi hit sixes to broad and showed him where from he belong and whenever these Aussies and England talk about that we subcontinent players are flat track palyer then they should now India won worldcup in SA and Pak won worldcup in Aus,and am observing non other than Asian team can lift this worldcup.

  • on September 9, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Vizag is a place whre matches should never be held, i dont remember watching a rain free match in vizag.. worst venue in india

  • on September 9, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Definitely Disappointed with the washout but on the positive note, very happy that Yuvraj's comeback is in my hometown of Chennai and if i am not wrong, it was at Chennai that he scored his last Century in the WC against WI. Who knows, given the spinner friendly conditions, dhoni might give the first over to yuvi and if he picks up a wicket then..The crowd would go mad...Some moment it would be

  • on September 9, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Yuvi ll b definetly boostin d team India for T20 wc .... He won't b in pressure lik sachin for his ton of centuries ..... Yuvi is a cool guy on d field, enjoys his game .... N I think asian teams with s africa ll b d favourites in dis wc ..... Austalia, Newzeland, Windies n England ll hav v slimmer chance. I m frm India n I support Team India ....... :)

  • abmughal on September 8, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    rightly said by someone that the match between pak and ind would be the most watched match of the worldcup. hope and pray that yuvi would be fine for the match or for another duck?

  • kc69 on September 8, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Guys please don't forget after the T20 in Chennai we also have 2 practice matches on 15th and 17th Sept against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.We can see Yuvi for sure and i believe India Vs Pakistan Practice match will have more viewership than any other match of T20 World Cup.

  • kc69 on September 8, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster:Any team that plays more than 3 T20 bilaterals need to have approval from ICC(Considering many factors).That was the reason BCCI had a choice between ODI or Test and BCCI though test will be better to improve the morale of the team(after overseas losess).This happened also in Aus Tour to Pakistan(Middle East)where aussies denied to play tests(Because of heat factor) and scheduled late night ODIs and then T20.

  • kc69 on September 8, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @Shubhayan Gupta:Matches were organized in south for ease of travel(for Indian team) and to match similar conditions for WC.I hope T20 world cup will be rain free.

  • on September 8, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    loved the comments made by some SCHOLARS of Cricket (At least they think like that)

  • cooljack_143 on September 8, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @ASIM RAO--thats the way mate, we subcontinent guys should be..sportive and appreciate ones success.Hats off to you mate for being Pakistani & appreciating Indian players..way to go..way for the change.Lets hope Ind-Pak have more bilateral series in future & cricket wins..Hats off to all those Indo-Pakistani fans..God bless subcontinent cricket..lets hope All the 4 countries Bangla,India,Paki & SL be in top 5 positions in all the 3 formats..Pakistanis beat OZ,beat ENG and give so much confidence to other sides that they can do it..way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 8, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    bravo that means new zealand and srilanka shouldnt play at home either bravo take your lecture to the icc

  • on September 8, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    being a pakistani i love to watch Uvi back in cricket Thanx to Allah he is finally back in the indian team,belive me without Uvi indian team look so silent ,i admit his presence not only vital for india but atmosphere look so jolly when he is in the team, Love to see his flick shot...

  • on September 8, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Though everybody knows that it is the time of heavy rain in the South, but I cannot understand why the schedulers make the venue in such places????

  • ajay_aj on September 8, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    very bad thing to happen in the weekends.........

  • on September 8, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Now we can wait till 19th sept for yuvi comeback against afganistan match in T20 WC

  • on September 8, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    It is raining daily here in CHENNAI...hope for a clear weather on tuesday...

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 8, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @tonobwoy: My friend, let me put some perspectives to you. IMO, T&T should NOT even compete in the Champions League T20. Why ? Because it's a nation. If T&T can compete as a 'club' then the whole notion of the West Indies existing as a 'country' is farcical !!! The ICC should dissolve the WI and call for the emergence of separate nations to play in international cricket. Speaking of the players you mentioned, it's up to each individual player to know where his priorities are. As contracted players to their IPL clubs they are obligated to represent them. It's not for free though, T&T receives a nice amount of cash compensation in return which I am sure is most welcome for infrastructure development in the island nation. If the players choose to go play for their 'nation' in the CLT20 then so be it. They will lose their payments from the IPL clubs. That's how it is. It's professional cricket and a business. National sentiments come last.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 8, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    @BravoBravo: Take your lecture to the ICC ! It's them and their useless FTPs that decide which team gets to play where. Besides, at home or not, any game is relevant. If NZ are such a poor side then it's their problem to be worried, not India's. The fact that you are even here goes to show this fixture had the DESERVED attention from neutrals alike.

  • CaptainKool on September 8, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    @tonobwoy if that is going to happen then it's not good. Suddenly you guys realized that they are playing nice and now you want them. Where were u guys before when they were playing with their respective IPL teams? IPL atleast shouldn't release them for this year as per contract. Starting next season, they may move to their T&T team.

  • BravoBravo on September 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    What is the purpose of these maeningless matches? I am glad that this match is washed out. NZ and SL playing in IND is just useless. By playing with them at their homeground, IND just try to bolster their ranking from worse to bad. What a looser side.?

  • on September 8, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    its also raining in Chennai so I guess Yuvi's wait might still continue...........

  • on September 8, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Best of 7 T20s? Are you out of your mind? 2-3 t20's is more than enough. test cricket deserves prime importance. t20 barely qualifies as cricket.

  • on September 8, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    yuvi UR wait continues again.. Still how many days u going to wait...!!!

  • bigwonder on September 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Visakhapatnam is one of the most rainy place in India. Should have picked a different venue for this game.

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    bad bad bad, realy t his is a bad news....

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Missed all the action Of Yuvraj Singh

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 8, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I am really ANGRY why the BCCI hasn't scheduled a reserve day for his short series ?! The World T20 is coming soon and India needs a lot of practice. This also begs the question... WHY schedule the tests in the first place ? Why not have a best of 7 T20 series at such a crucial time ? I cannot understand the people at the BCCI.. do they even have heads on their shoulders ?

  • tonobwoy on September 8, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine must play for Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League in October.

    IPL club owners are are behaving like modern-day slavemasters... when they threaten the Trinidad and Tobago players to not employ them if they play for Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League. IPL club owners ARE PAYING OFF the TTCB (TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CRICKET BOARD) FOR Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine TO PLAY FOR THEIR CLUBS.The TTCB abd IPL owners are treating these players as slaves that can be bought and sold.

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  • tonobwoy on September 8, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine must play for Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League in October.

    IPL club owners are are behaving like modern-day slavemasters... when they threaten the Trinidad and Tobago players to not employ them if they play for Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League. IPL club owners ARE PAYING OFF the TTCB (TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CRICKET BOARD) FOR Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine TO PLAY FOR THEIR CLUBS.The TTCB abd IPL owners are treating these players as slaves that can be bought and sold.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 8, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I am really ANGRY why the BCCI hasn't scheduled a reserve day for his short series ?! The World T20 is coming soon and India needs a lot of practice. This also begs the question... WHY schedule the tests in the first place ? Why not have a best of 7 T20 series at such a crucial time ? I cannot understand the people at the BCCI.. do they even have heads on their shoulders ?

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Missed all the action Of Yuvraj Singh

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    bad bad bad, realy t his is a bad news....

  • bigwonder on September 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Visakhapatnam is one of the most rainy place in India. Should have picked a different venue for this game.

  • on September 8, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    yuvi UR wait continues again.. Still how many days u going to wait...!!!

  • on September 8, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Best of 7 T20s? Are you out of your mind? 2-3 t20's is more than enough. test cricket deserves prime importance. t20 barely qualifies as cricket.

  • on September 8, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    its also raining in Chennai so I guess Yuvi's wait might still continue...........

  • BravoBravo on September 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    What is the purpose of these maeningless matches? I am glad that this match is washed out. NZ and SL playing in IND is just useless. By playing with them at their homeground, IND just try to bolster their ranking from worse to bad. What a looser side.?

  • CaptainKool on September 8, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    @tonobwoy if that is going to happen then it's not good. Suddenly you guys realized that they are playing nice and now you want them. Where were u guys before when they were playing with their respective IPL teams? IPL atleast shouldn't release them for this year as per contract. Starting next season, they may move to their T&T team.