The indications were for a truncated match, but, in the end, even that didn’t happen. Heavy showers in the afternoon had left the outfield of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium unplayable. And by 7 pm, the umpires decided to call off the Sahara BCCI Corporate Trophy’s Group C encounter between Indian Oil and All India Public Sector Sports Promotion Board (AIPSSPB).
But it wasn’t before various methods were employed to make it playable. The Super Sopper was pressed into service and aiding it were wipers, lowers and sawdust.
Umpires Ameesh Saheba and Rajesh Deshpande first inspected the pitch and the outfield at 5.30 pm but decided to reserve their decision till the second inspection at 6.45. After the second inspection they decided to call off the tie considering the outfield not safe enough to stage a match.
With the match called off Indian Oil and AIPSSPB shared two points each. With AIPSSPB having lost their first match of the tournament, they have been virtually knocked out.
Indian Oil, on the other hand, will have a do or die situation against Tata SC in the last Group C match on Thursday.