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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  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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!!

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

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