Punjab v Karnataka, Ranji Trophy, semifinals, Mohali, 1st day January 18, 2014

First day washed out in chilly Mohali

ESPNcricinfo staff

The weather was expected to have a say in the Mohali semifinal and it did on the first day itself as rain wiped out play. With temperatures barely rising to double-digits, it was a cold and gloomy day. The lack of sunshine meant that even when the drizzle let up, there was little chance of the outfield drying up quickly.

The forecast for Sunday is brighter though, with no rain expected. However, heavy fog has been a problem over the past few days, and it could cause delays. In case, the first innings of the two teams isn't completed after five days, there is an additional day available to ensure at least a first-innings result.

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  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    There is still lot of time left for finals.....they can shift this match back to b'lore ....lets have a meaningful match

  • Tanmay on January 18, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Karnataka were form team this season...being a Mumbaikar i wanted Mumbai to play them once again the final & avenge league game's defeat...but after last week's Q/F's loss i was looking forward to Maharashtra v Karnataka final...but it looks as the winner will be decide the flipping of the coin.

  • $$ milind on January 18, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Very poor functioning by the schedulers !!!! The match could have been in South/West India quite comfortably.

  • Android on January 18, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    what will happen if the first innings does not get completed even on extra day which is given. will there be a toss?

  • Android on January 18, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    the match could have been played in Mumbai, it is a shame to have 22 plsyers waiting for the rains to stop, someone has goofed the schedule. moize

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Poor scheduling has resulted in loosing the day one of an important tie. During winters, matches should have been scheduled somewhere in the South. The match could have been hosted at a neutral ground. Hoping that the weather improves and play is possible from tomorrow.

  • sid on January 18, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Apparently the person who decided to schedule Ranji Semi Final in Punjab in January has no knowledge of the weather in Punjab in January or has no knowledge of the impact of weather on an an important 5 day cricket match such as a Ranji Semi Final. It would be a shame if the result of this match is decided based on Toss. It would would cause damage to many promising young cricketers on both sides who are hoping to catch the attention of the India selectors in the Ranji Semi Final and and Final (which they may not get into on account of losing the 'Toss').

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