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Rain respite for India after run deluge

It was raining runs at the Motera as AB de Villiers was making a mockery of the Indian bowling on the second day of the second Test. A report by Amol Karhadkar.

cricket Updated: Apr 05, 2008 03:13 IST
Amol Karhadkar

It was raining runs at the Motera as AB de Villiers was making a mockery of the Indian bowling on the second day of the second Test. But suddenly after tea, the Indians got some respite as the skies turned dark and it started raining heavily, almost an hour before the scheduled close of play. With 12.4 overs remaining, it was curtains for the day.

Even during the monsoon, it hardly rains in Ahmedabad. The heavy downpour made the Gujarat Cricket Association volunteers scamper to get the playing area covered. It was a struggle for them as the weather gods lashed the stadium suddenly.

As the umpires ordered the pitch to be covered, a couple of Indian players greeted de Villiers for his fantastic knock. That was the last action on the field before the rain took over. However, with the rain, and then hailstorm for a brief period, lashing the Motera, the single layer of polythene sheets covering the pitch – since by no stretch of imagination anybody could have anticipated rain in April – started fluttering and water started trickling down on to the pitch. This forced the GCA volunteers stand on the covers.

Meanwhile, the GMDC Pavilion building the water started leaking into the media centre, located on the top floor. Then, a glass on the outside of the box crashed and the pieces fell in the press box.

After creating havoc for an hour, the rain abated as suddenly as it started. And while the Indian team will hope it will return on Saturday, the weatherman has predicted otherwise.