India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I HIGHLIGHTS: Match called off due to rain

Virat Kohli inspecting the pitch after heavy showers at the Barsapara stadium in Guwahati (Photo: BCCI)
The first T20 International between India and Sri Lanka was called off without a ball being bowled due to wet outfield, caused by a spell of heavy rain just after the toss, here on Sunday.

The umpires held several inspections but the damp patches on the pitch did not allow the match to start, much to the disappointment of fans who had gathered in large numbers to watch their favourite stars in action.

The cut off for a five-over shootout was 9.46pm but the outfield could not be prepared in time.

The groundsmen even used vacuum drier to remove the damp patches on the pitch, but it did not help much.

The second match of the three-match series will be played on Tuesday in Indore while the final game is scheduled to be held in Pune on January 10.

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was out of action for four months due to stress fractures in his back, was named in the eleven by skipper Virat Kohli, who won the toss and elected t




10:08 PM IST Not the news that we would want to hear, but the 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka has been abandoned due to rain. See you in Indore #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/72ORWCt2zm — BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2020

9:19 PM IST Next inspection at 9.30 PM IST. *fingers crossed* pic.twitter.com/pT5wf61yiV — BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2020

9:03 PM IST Umpires are having a look at the pitch.

8:21 PM IST Rain has returned. Covers are on.

8:06 PM IST The inspection will be at 9:00 pm instead of 8:15 pm. Some damp patches looked likely on the pitch.

7:57 PM IST Update - It has stopped raining and we will have an inspection at 8.15 PM IST. Stay tuned #INDvSL — BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2020

7:54 PM IST The rain has stopped. Covers are coming off.

7:46 PM IST The rain has gotten heavier again

7:33 PM IST There is still light drizzle. May take more time

7:02 PM IST UPDATE - It has started to rain here and we will have a delayed start #INDvSL — BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2020

6:54 PM IST There is light drizzle and covers are on. Looks like we'll have to wait a bit.

LIVE UPDATES

Inspection underway

Umpires are having a look at the pitch.

Rain returns

Rain has returned. Covers are on.

Inspection time revised

The inspection will be at 9:00 pm instead of 8:15 pm. Some damp patches looked likely on the pitch.

Covers coming off

The rain has stopped. Covers are coming off.
The rain has gotten heavier again

Update

There is still light drizzle. May take more time

Rain delays play

Rain may delay match

There is light drizzle and covers are on. Looks like we'll have to wait a bit.

Sri Lanka playing 11:

Lasith Malinga(c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera(w), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara

India Playing 11

Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah

Toss alert

India win toss, opt to field

India vs Sri Lanka squads:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson.
 
Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Isuru Udana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha.

Preview

After putting up an overall great show last year, Virat Kohli-led India cricket team would look to begin 2020 on a high as they face a well-known opponent in Sri Lanka cricket team in the first T20I at the Barsapara stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.
 
The three-T20I series would also be useful for the hosts to prepare for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand.
 
Jasprit Bumrah's comeback after injury would be a highlight as the ace pacer has been out of action since August 2019. India is shouldering responsibility on a young side. Shikhar Dhawan would look to regain his form if he makes it to India's playing 11 while KL Rahul would eye another confidence booster after a decent show in recently concluded series.
 
India's bowling line-up seems interesting in the absence of Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar. Also, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar would look to make the most of the opportunity and Bumrah's experience would be crucial for India.
 
In the batting line-up, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube would expect more chances to cement their place in the Indian team for the upcoming series.
 
Lasith Malinga-led Sri Lanka faces a humongous task of breaking the 11-series losing streak against India as the side has been mostly inconsistent with its form, except the series win against Pakistan.
 
Lanka would look to gain from Angelo Mathews' experience but the all-rounder hasn't played a T20I since 2018. The young side would look to mostly rely on all-rounders to hand India an upset.

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