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Rain washes out India-Scotland tie

Qualifying for Super Eight becomes tricky after India-Scotland tie is washed out, reports Amol Karhadkar.

cricket Updated: Sep 26, 2007 18:46 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times

The rain gods playing a game of hide and seek meant that it wasn’t the ideal start to India's campaign.

The sky was overcast from dawn and the heavens finally opened up while both teams warmed up around an hour before the scheduled start. It was a very unusual drizzle. It appeared like a wave of rain, heading from south to north. It moved with the wind, but the cloud cover was so thick that even the strong breeze failed to take all the clouds away.

And as the players headed into the dressing rooms, the ground staff got into the act. With the rain playing a stop-n-go game, the ground staff must have put the covers on and off at least half a dozen times.

Later, the discussions began —what happens if a match is washed out? Would they have a bowl out or will the teams share points?

Even an ICC spokesperson wasn't clear initially but later clarified the matter. If both teams failed to play five overs each by 10 pm local time (1.30am IST), they would split a point.

If the match is washed out, then India will have to ensure that they don't suffer a huge defeat against Pakistan to keep their Net Run Rate higher than Scotland's and qualify for the Super Eights.

For instance, if Pakistan bat first and score 120, India will have to score at least 70 to keep their run rate higher than Scotland. And if India bat first and score 120, they will have to ensure Pakistan don't chase the target in less than or equal to 14 overs.

In the midst of all these calculations, the rain lessened, and the toss saw the Scots put India in.

First Published: Sep 13, 2007 20:58 IST