For the first time in the series, India could claim luck was on their side. The visitors had valid reasons to feel aggrieved when rain washed out the first one-dayer.
When weather interrupted proceedings at Chester-le-Street, India were in a good position after putting 274 runs on the board and then claiming two quick wickets to reduce England to 27 for two.
In India’s aid
However, it seemed India were adequately compensated on Tuesday. Hit by a double injury blow on Saturday, they were desperately hoping to buy time to regroup. They wouldn't mind a wash-out but even the few hours' delay would help replacement player, Manoj Tiwary, to recover from jet-lag and be available for the shortened game. Tiwary reached at 11am and a prompt 2pm start would have been taxing for him.
India's prayers were answered when Southampton was hit by heavy rains in the night. The downpour continued through the day and after three inspections the umpires decided to have a 7pm local time start for a 23-overs-a-side game.