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Rain continues to deny Kiwis valuable practice

Heavy rains played spoilsport yet again, forcing abandonment of the second day's play of the match between New Zealand and Board President's XI.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2003 00:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

The start of New Zealand’s tour of India continued to project a damp picture as the second day’s play of their three-day match against the Board President’s XI was completely washed out on Saturday, without even providing an opportunity to get the covers off.

Even an offering made to the rain gods by the groundsmen on Friday, failed to keep the clouds away, and a heavy downpour that washed the ground an hour after the scheduled start, left the day’s proceedings to be called off.

To top it all, the ground doesn’t have adequate covers to protect both the areas of the bowlers’ run up and that can actually rule out the possibility of play even on Sunday.

Even with the groundsmen constantly sponging out the water accumulated on the covers, some water has seeped in.

With the weathermen predicting more rain on Sunday, New Zealand’s opening match looks already over.


First Published: Sep 27, 2003 10:31 IST