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.

  • dummy4fb on September 9, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    austrialia will be wobbling in this world cup for sure

  • dummy4fb 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.

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