SPORTS REPORTER GUWAHATI, Jan 5 - The first T20I of the three-match series between India and Sri Lanka was washed out due to a heavy downpour which started after the toss at the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) Stadium in Barsapara here today.
The pitch is being covered due to rain before the start of the first T20I match between India and Sri Lanka at the ACA Stadium, Barsapara in Guwahati, on Sunday. – UB Photos
Despite the best efforts of the ground staff, the match couldn’t be played which looked to be result of some leakage of water from the covers. Known for the stadium’s good drainage, the organisers certainly failed to anticipate such a situation and the question remains how leakage from the covers took place, especially in the pitch. Such was the situation that vacuum driers had to be used near the middle of the pitch.
After numerable inspections which also saw Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant walk out to observe the pitch, play couldn’t start owing to a damp pitch.
Meanwhile, the DJ at the stadium tried all tricks to keep the crowd on their feet. Starting from retro Hindi numbers to Bihu songs, the agency assigned for the purpose did well enough but the ACA certainly left it for too late. Organising an international match and without proper covers, this certainly raises eyebrows.
The Guwahati crowd which was waiting patiently for the match remained patient enough although they were left disappointed and hurt.