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Second day's play called off in Chennai

The play was called off, without a ball being bowled, due to rains in first Test between India and Lanka.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2005 15:34 IST
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Rain and wet ground forced the second day's play to be called off without a ball being bowled in the first Test between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Umpires Daryl Harper and Mark Benson called it off after inspecting the ground at 0730 GMT.

After play was washed out on the first day, chances of an early start on Saturday were always bleak following heavy overnight rain and intermittent showers through the morning.

The weather improved in the afternoon, and the groundsmen at the Chidambaram Stadium removed the covers and began work, before more drizzle arrived.

India's one-dayer against South Africa a fortnight ago was also washed out here.

More rain is expected and the first match of the three-Test series, the first by Sri Lanka in India for eight years, may well be over before it has started.

First Published: Dec 03, 2005 09:50 IST