India v Scotland, Group D, ICC World Twenty20 September 13, 2007

Points shared as rain washes out play

Match abandoned India v Scotland

A persistent drizzle in Durban resulted in India's opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 being abandoned without a ball being bowled. Both India and Scotland got a point apiece, and it left India in a situation where they had to avoid a heavy defeat against Pakistan on Friday to make it through to the Super Eights. Scotland finished their engagements with a point after the 51-run defeat to Pakistan in their opening game.

Ryan Watson won the toss and decided to send India in to bat at Kingsmead, but the rain came down again long before the players could take the field. For India, who have played just one Twenty20 game, it meant a day-long wait to give a largely new-look side a hit.

Names synonymous with Indian cricket over the past decade and more - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly - were missing, and for the prodigal sons like Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan, it was an opportunity to revive stalled careers. They'll now be back in the fray for one of the tournament's marquee clashes, against Pakistan - assuming the inclement weather makes way for some sunshine.

Dileep Premachandran is associate editor of Cricinfo