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Rains rob away the Jo’burg ODI

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An exciting One Day Series between South Africa and India took a beating with heavy rains ruling out the first One Dayer at Johannesburg without a single ball being bowled. There wasn’t time for even the coin to go up as the players and everyone had to wait for more than four hours to know about the match abandonment at the Wanderers.
 
This five-ODI Series is now a four-match one, something which had happened when the two teams had met in India last season. The last series between the sides was shared 2-2 with rain running the Chennai game. The second game of this series is on the 22nd at Kingsmead in Durban. The Durban track has been traditionally known for being one of the fastest in the world, so the Indians will have a tough opener. They had lost their warm-up game against Rest of South Africa at Benoni by 37 runs.
 
It was a day when the rain never really gave up and when it did stop, the ground staff did every bit to get it to dry. There was one final effort to squeeze in a 20-overs match but that wasn’t possible as the rain revisited the stadium in no time. The only cricketing action that was possible in the Wanderers was in the basement with Dravid and a few others utilizing their time for some batting practice in the indoor nets.

Originally posted 2006-11-19 05:43:07.

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