Rain washes out first ODI between India and South Africa

 

Dark clouds loom over the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium on Thursday (AP)
Dark clouds loom over the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium on Thursday (AP)

Dharamshala - The second ODI will be held in Lucknow on March 15 before Kolkata's Eden Gardens hosts the final match on March 18

By Reuters

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Published: Thu 12 Mar 2020, 4:24 PM

Last updated: Thu 12 Mar 2020, 6:36 PM

The first one-day international between India and South Africa in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala was called off without a ball being bowled due to incessant rain on Thursday.
While several international sporting events have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the two cricket boards decided to go ahead with three one-day internationals despite concerns.
On Thursday, the Indian government said it wanted the national cricket team's upcoming matches to be played in empty stadiums - an unheard-of occurrence in a country where the sport is a national obsession.
But a sizeable crowd nonetheless gathered in the Dharamsala ground, with local match organisers saying they had not received the government directive. The fans were, however, left disappointed as the rains did not relent.
The second ODI will be held in Lucknow on March 15 before Kolkata's Eden Gardens hosts the final match on March 18.
 



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