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No play as rain spoils opening day for Delhi

cricket Updated: Nov 24, 2010 22:56 IST
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The first day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match between Delhi and Saurashtra had to be called off without even a ball being bowled at the Khandari Cricket Stadium.

The Met Department had predicted showers for Wednesday and the steady drizzle since Tuesday made things difficult. Though the groundsmen toiled hard to remove water from the covers, the drizzle and wet ground conditions forced the umpires to abandon play.

The decision was taken, with the consent of the skippers, after a third inspection at 12.30 pm. Delhi captain, Mithun Manhas, though disappointed, was confident of his side's good performance over the remaining three days. "We are up for the challenge but the weather should improve as the ground will dry only then," he said.

Fast bowler Parvinder Awana, who missed the last match against Gujarat due to injury, is fit to play but Mithun said a decision on the playing XI would be taken after a look at the wicket, which stayed covered. "We have not seen the wicket and the final XI eleven will be decided after having a look at it tomorrow.”