India-SA final put back till Monday

  • Saibal Bose, PTI, Dhaka
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  • Updated: Apr 21, 2003 01:27 IST

Rain spoiled a good day's cricket here on Sunday. Both the finalists of the TVS Cup have been haunted by rain in recent times. India, despite being favourites in the ICC Knockout Cup, had to share the trophy with hosts Sri Lanka after rain washed away the final and the reserve day in Colombo last year.

More recently, South Africa got their calculations wrong when rain forced the Duckworth-Lewis rule to be used in a crucial World Cup league game against Sri Lanka. The game ended in a tie and cost South Africa a place in the Super Six stage.

On Sunday, the Nor'westers struck when the match was about to commence. The result: water-logged outfield. The Super Sopper was of little use as repeated drizzle after the thunderstorm ended any hope of play.

Umpires Aleem Dar of Pakistan and Akhtaruddin Shahin of Bangladesh did not even have to examine the ground to declare the game abandoned for the day, at 4.15 pm local time. The game could have begun latest by 7.15 pm for a 25-over-each-side game.

The ground staff worked hard, but the rain had left behind enough water to force an abandonment of the match. Monday's reserve day will be brought into play now. The forecast for Monday is scattered clouds and otherwise a dry weather, but then the weatherman is not always correct.

For the record, India had decided to leave out Sarandeep Singh for Sunday's final, preferring to add variety by including leg-spinner Amit Mishra. Zaheer Khan had passed the fitness test and was included in the playing XI.

The toss-up between Avishkar Salvi and Ajit Agarkar would have taken place before India skipper Sourav Ganguly and his South Africa counterpart Graeme Smith were scheduled to walk out with the coin. However, that wasn't necessary.

As expected, Sanjay Bangar was left out in favour of Yuvraj Singh and this decision is unlikely to change on Monday. Of course, a fresh team will have to be picked.

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