South Africa v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Durban March 1, 2013

First T20I washed out in Durban

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The first T20 international between South Africa and Pakistan in Durban was abandoned without a ball being bowled. It had been raining in Durban for more than five hours prior to the start of play, and the chances of a game going ahead were slim with puddles around the outfield and the showers not relenting. Even around half-an-hour after the scheduled time for the toss, the umpires said it would take at least two hours to get the ground in playable condition once the rain stopped. That didn't happen and the umpires called off the game at 6.30pm, two hours and eight minutes before the cut-off time for a five-over fixture.

The second T20 international will take place in Centurion on March 3.

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  • on March 4, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    They should be rooftops on the stadiums because when it rains the match is abandoned and another thing is that why is Haris Sohail not getting a chance to play because he is a very good cricketer and he richly deserves a chance to start his journey on international cricket?

  • t20cric on March 2, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    To make sure series aren't ruined by rain they should have scheduled the match to be on February 28 and if it rained then it would have happened on March 1 if it rains even on that day then too bad. For the next match happening on March 3 if it rains then it should happen on March 4 and if it rains on the 4th then we have a washed out series. If they schedule a series in a way that their is 2 days between each T20 and ODI then the problem of games being washed out won't happen again.

    A retractable roof on the stadiums will give so many problems like all of the comments suggest. If you have another day for a game then it is better. Thankfully their is at least 2 days between all of the ODIs so if it rains then the match can be played the next day.

  • Mubarak.Zeb on March 2, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @priceless1, draw series?? I think its a final on Sunday, there is no chance for draw unless it rains.

  • on March 2, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I must say that the drainage system of Durban is very poor. The rain stopped at 7:20 and the cut-off time suggested was 8:38. Poor very poor.

  • FredElliot on March 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    @xylo: The D/L method was not in use to calculate 22 runs off 1 ball. It was a different method which is now superseded by D/L.

  • Stark62 on March 2, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    You don't necessarily have to have a roof top stadium, instead just play the game next day or something because T20 only lasts 2-3hrs!!

  • on March 2, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Why are there no roof top stadiums as when it rains the roof should close and the match should continue to go on as in most matches some teams bounce back because of no pressure on them when they come back to bat and some teams loose it too

  • on March 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I do not understand why a T20 match cannot be played the next day. It's a financial loss because T20 brings a lot of crowds. ICC getr moving and see what I mean. Laws are there to be changed if need be. Wake up

  • priceless1 on March 2, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Thanks to the Rain now Pakistan have a good chance to draw T20 series at least

  • on March 2, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    It is better if PCB includes Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir in T20 and ODI's, if wants to retain some dignity for the country.

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    They should be rooftops on the stadiums because when it rains the match is abandoned and another thing is that why is Haris Sohail not getting a chance to play because he is a very good cricketer and he richly deserves a chance to start his journey on international cricket?

  • t20cric on March 2, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    To make sure series aren't ruined by rain they should have scheduled the match to be on February 28 and if it rained then it would have happened on March 1 if it rains even on that day then too bad. For the next match happening on March 3 if it rains then it should happen on March 4 and if it rains on the 4th then we have a washed out series. If they schedule a series in a way that their is 2 days between each T20 and ODI then the problem of games being washed out won't happen again.

    A retractable roof on the stadiums will give so many problems like all of the comments suggest. If you have another day for a game then it is better. Thankfully their is at least 2 days between all of the ODIs so if it rains then the match can be played the next day.

  • Mubarak.Zeb on March 2, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @priceless1, draw series?? I think its a final on Sunday, there is no chance for draw unless it rains.

  • on March 2, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I must say that the drainage system of Durban is very poor. The rain stopped at 7:20 and the cut-off time suggested was 8:38. Poor very poor.

  • FredElliot on March 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    @xylo: The D/L method was not in use to calculate 22 runs off 1 ball. It was a different method which is now superseded by D/L.

  • Stark62 on March 2, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    You don't necessarily have to have a roof top stadium, instead just play the game next day or something because T20 only lasts 2-3hrs!!

  • on March 2, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Why are there no roof top stadiums as when it rains the roof should close and the match should continue to go on as in most matches some teams bounce back because of no pressure on them when they come back to bat and some teams loose it too

  • on March 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I do not understand why a T20 match cannot be played the next day. It's a financial loss because T20 brings a lot of crowds. ICC getr moving and see what I mean. Laws are there to be changed if need be. Wake up

  • priceless1 on March 2, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Thanks to the Rain now Pakistan have a good chance to draw T20 series at least

  • on March 2, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    It is better if PCB includes Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir in T20 and ODI's, if wants to retain some dignity for the country.

  • xylo on March 2, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    @ Saffer_13th: When they did address the situation with D-L method, SA were required to score 22 runs of 1 ball. ;-) Isn't this a better situation?

  • on March 2, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    if its raining why cant they postpone it for a another date its only a 20 over mach

  • on March 1, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Time to learn from the Americans: Retractable roofs are costly, but they bring who have them $$$$$$$$$$$$ in the long run: rain, hail, snow or ice cannot stop a game. Wanna bet that the $IPL would be the first to introduce this?

  • on March 1, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Why can't these types of matches be postponed and played at a later date instead of being killed? I just dont understand there is so much time where this game could be snuck in. It happens in all other sports all the time except cricket. Why is that?

  • on March 1, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Why this match didn't have an reserved day? Happy Birthday Shahid Khan Afridi!!! 33rd.

  • ozone8237 on March 1, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    THATSWHERE THE COVERED STADIUM DEBATE TAKES ANOTHER THOUGHT. In order to save fan's entertainment, fun and thrills ICC needs to consider building overhead sliding roofs that will help combat Rain-Washed, Low-Lights abandonments and extreme weather conditions. In US most of the baseball ad Footbal stadiums are built with sliding roof tops. I think ICC should experiment with those Covered stadiums and start with Australia who already has built one. Second option could be a "Reserve Day" for each one day or T-20 and Two reserve days for a Test. The out come will be competitive and maximum result oriented games.

  • crashed on March 1, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Well think of the rules that need to be adapted what if the ball hit the roof and fall short of the border - outside interference - 4, 5 or 6 or runs taken? and if caught after hitting the roof - dead ball caught a 4 or 6 or 5 a nightmare to think about it and more of a nightmare to implement it to every1's satisfaction - keep it away from roofs lol ball go vertically up straight up - hit the roof and come down keeper take the ball ... within 10 feet of the bails - ha what now? any ideas :p if it were my team batting - lol 5 runs - if it were the opposition - out! lol I know double standards here but it may just happen /:P

  • crashed on March 1, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Well it is raining at Centurion right now lol might be another white - WASHED match lol :)

  • t20cric on March 1, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Can't believe this match was washed out I wanted to see how Shahid Afridi would perform on his birthday. This place is where we had the biggest chance of winning and it rained. Now the second T20 is happening where Pakistan lost by an inning. Hopefully Pakistan play good in the T20.

    The only good that came out of this is maybe Shahid Afridi giving a bad performance on his birthday got washed out. But then again Afridi might have done an outstanding match winning performance. I'm very disappointed cuz I was waiting for this match ever since it was clear that Pakistan was going to lose the last test.

  • Captainman on March 1, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Far too much T20 Cricket is being played especially in non-world T20 years.

  • on March 1, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Ha! Heavens saved us from another 'washed up' performance ;) so much for Boom Boom's birthday celebrations lol

  • on March 1, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Everything goes down expectations oh ho ho

  • LeftBrain on March 1, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    This is ultimate home advantage. SA was even able to halt the rain during test series where they had upper hand. Here in T20 where Pak was an even opposition, they summoned the rain to save face!!! on a serious not though, it is sad to loose a potentially good contest, and since teams have very few opportunities before next T20 WC, every lost opportunity can hurt preparations.

  • Desihungama on March 1, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    First 20/20 washed out also means Pakistan did not lose yet again :)

  • Saffer_13th on March 1, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Cricket has been played for centuries yet rain still brings the game to a standstill. The ICC needs to start adressing this buzz kill situation.

  • neo-galactico on March 1, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Well can't say I'm disappointed at the No Result, hopefully it'll be the same on @ Centurion as well. The 'Pyjama Party' is full kids anyway

  • PureProteas49 on March 1, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    pak, do better at centurion, NO ONE does better at centurion against us, SA 1-0

  • Omarrz on March 1, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    @SaleemHatoum Australia had one but don't know what happened to that stadium. The problem with cricket is that it relies a lot on the natural conditions. Pitch, seam movement, natural breeze, natural weather all makes it a very exciting sport. Indoor stadiums will kill these factors. I remember Wasim said during the successful tour of Australia in 2002 that indoor stadiums don't aid natural movement of the ball.

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    hmmm waited so long but washed out. hurts like this. now have to wait another day

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Durban is Hashim Amla's home ground, right?

  • gsingh7 on March 1, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @ kamran__ of course pak will do better in next t20 they will score some runs and get few wickets ,

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    hope Pakistan do bettar in next T20

  • SaleemHatoum on March 1, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    How about having indoor arena for Cricket? Almost all other playable sports have indoor/covered stadium why not cricket?

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    SAD INDEED.. Rain deprived us of so nice show!

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    really ? I waited each and every minute for this day : ( .

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Its really disappointing, I have no words to explain ,I was waiting from the last week , even I schedule my stuffs for the match. They must keep an extra day for such kind situation .

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    now the second t20 is gonna be a winner takes everything...

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Good for Hafeez as he was already under the microscope 2 ducks and and average of 6, he might have been catching the plane back to Lahore soon

  • Dannymania on March 1, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    good for us.good for pakistan.

  • on March 1, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Why do they bother having games in Durban? Always rained off, waste of time. Been happening as long as I can remember!

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Oh no ! Match abandoned. :(

    I was waiting so eagerly for this match as both teams are evenly matched (SA's inexperienced team and Pak's Full strength team) and after a good dose of Test Cricket, a spicy 't-20' was needed. We are all disappointed. But one guy would be very happy with this, it is Afridi. As today is his birthday, so must be thanking God as Pak didn't lose match today, many Pak fans have so much expectations from him, that too on his Birthday. The kind of poor form he is in since years, obviously he would have let his admirers down.

    Looking forward to next T-20.

  • K.A.K on March 1, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. So far this is the best result of a game on this tour for Pakistan.

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  • K.A.K on March 1, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. So far this is the best result of a game on this tour for Pakistan.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Oh no ! Match abandoned. :(

    I was waiting so eagerly for this match as both teams are evenly matched (SA's inexperienced team and Pak's Full strength team) and after a good dose of Test Cricket, a spicy 't-20' was needed. We are all disappointed. But one guy would be very happy with this, it is Afridi. As today is his birthday, so must be thanking God as Pak didn't lose match today, many Pak fans have so much expectations from him, that too on his Birthday. The kind of poor form he is in since years, obviously he would have let his admirers down.

    Looking forward to next T-20.

  • on March 1, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Why do they bother having games in Durban? Always rained off, waste of time. Been happening as long as I can remember!

  • Dannymania on March 1, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    good for us.good for pakistan.

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Good for Hafeez as he was already under the microscope 2 ducks and and average of 6, he might have been catching the plane back to Lahore soon

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    now the second t20 is gonna be a winner takes everything...

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Its really disappointing, I have no words to explain ,I was waiting from the last week , even I schedule my stuffs for the match. They must keep an extra day for such kind situation .

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    really ? I waited each and every minute for this day : ( .

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    SAD INDEED.. Rain deprived us of so nice show!

  • SaleemHatoum on March 1, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    How about having indoor arena for Cricket? Almost all other playable sports have indoor/covered stadium why not cricket?