Ind vs SA 1st T20I: Match abandoned due to heavy rain in Dharamshala

Dharamshala Cricket Ground (Photo: BCCI)
The first T20I between India cricket team and South Africa cricket team was abandoned due to heavy rain in Dharamshala on Sunday.

 
The toss was delayed due to rain and the cut off time was set at 9:46 pm. However, heavy rain continued to persist diminishing all hope for some action at Dharamshala today.

With this, the focus shifts to Mohali, where both the teams will lock horns in the second T20I.

7:59 PM IST The rains continue and the match has officially been called off. See you in Chandigarh for the 2nd T20I #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/BjZ9Y7QAf2 — BCCI (@BCCI) September 15, 2019

7:47 PM IST Things not looking great here in Dharamsala at the moment. It is pouring  #TeamIndia #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/azf8NDMVTV — BCCI (@BCCI) September 15, 2019

7:24 PM IST It's still pouring in, looks like we have a long wait ahead

7:11 PM IST With a lot of new faces trying to prove their mettle, the skipper outlined the specifics that he is looking in some of the players going forward in the season.   "As far as the road map is concerned, whenever there is a world tournament coming up, it is like a milestone and you start preparing from backwards (back calculate matches). I think every team will go though same process before T20 WC.   "These are opportunities where we can try various combinations with new people around -- check their ability, character, composure to perform at international level. From that point of view, it is exciting for a captain to try different players and check out combinations. We have all come through that process and I feel happy when I see these new faces emerging, trying to express themselves.

6:41 PM IST Kohli also justified Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal's omission from the T20 squad as their weakness with the willow has prompted them to try out some other options.   "That was one of the reasons also to give opportunities to the guys who have done well in the domestic format and the T20 format and in the IPL also. So I think it's about finding the best balance that we can as a side and not necessarily stick to one kind of combination. If all teams across the world are batting till No. 9, 10, why can't we," the captain explained.   The India skipper recalled how the team management was criticised when Chahal and Kuldeep were inducted in the white ball set-up replacing a more fancied Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.   "So, you need to take those calls at one stage. Bringing those guys (Chahal and Kuldeep) at one stage was also not taken well by people. Look, whatever decisions are made, are to make sure that the team has the best and strongest balance that we can have approaching the T20 World Cup that we have next year," Kohli said. The lack of wickets in the middle overs prompted the team management to look in the direction of wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (left) and Kuldeep Yadav

6:35 PM IST That aged well!! Bucketing down now. https://t.co/srtUiGRG7n — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 15, 2019

6:32 PM IST Toss delayed and live pictures do not look good as it is drizzling again

6:29 PM IST Work in progress at the moment to get the ground ready here in Dharamsala INDvSA pic.twitter.com/Oqbsy3go0g — BCCI (@BCCI) September 15, 2019

6:25 PM IST (Photo credit: accuweather.com)

6:22 PM IST MS Dhoni has always put the interest of Indian cricket in mind and is "on same page" with the team management as far as his international future is concerned, skipper Virat Kohli said on Saturday.   On the eve of the T20 International series against South Africa, Kohli maintained that the 38-year-old Dhoni will "remain valuable" as long as he continues playing the game even as team management grooms youngsters like Rishabh Pant.   "One great thing about him (Dhoni) is that, he thinks for Indian cricket. And whatever we (team management) think, he is on the same page. The alignment is there. The kind of mindset he has had about grooming youngsters and giving them opportunities, and he is still the same person," Kohli replied when asked if the legend is in his scheme of things for next year's World T20 in Australia.   Dhoni has taken a two-month sabbatical from cricket and is not a part of the T20 International series against South Africa starting on Sunday.   While Kohli reminded the scribes about Dhoni's ability to prove his detractors wrong, his answer on his impending international future was a bit open-ended.   "Look, experience is always going to matter whether you like it or not. I mean there are a numerous number of times people have given up on sportsmen and they have proved people wrong and he (Dhoni) has done that many times in his career as well. As long as he is available and continues to play, he is going to be very valuable," Kohli said.   "When you decide to stop playing is an absolutely individual thing, and no one else should have an opinion on it, that's what I think," he added.

6:18 PM IST There is a lot of water on the covers and on the ground Only a slight drizzle now, which looks like it could end soon, but there is a lot of water on the covers and on the ground. Cut off is 21.46 so lots of time — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 15, 2019

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Rain persists

It's still pouring in, looks like we have a long wait ahead

What Virat Kohli is expecting from new players

With a lot of new faces trying to prove their mettle, the skipper outlined the specifics that he is looking in some of the players going forward in the season.
 
"As far as the road map is concerned, whenever there is a world tournament coming up, it is like a milestone and you start preparing from backwards (back calculate matches). I think every team will go though same process before T20 WC.
 
"These are opportunities where we can try various combinations with new people around -- check their ability, character, composure to perform at international level. From that point of view, it is exciting for a captain to try different players and check out combinations. We have all come through that process and I feel happy when I see these new faces emerging, trying to express themselves.

Kohli on Chahal, Kuldeep omission from T20I squad

Kohli also justified Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal's omission from the T20 squad as their weakness with the willow has prompted them to try out some other options.
 
"That was one of the reasons also to give opportunities to the guys who have done well in the domestic format and the T20 format and in the IPL also. So I think it's about finding the best balance that we can as a side and not necessarily stick to one kind of combination. If all teams across the world are batting till No. 9, 10, why can't we," the captain explained.
 
The India skipper recalled how the team management was criticised when Chahal and Kuldeep were inducted in the white ball set-up replacing a more fancied Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
 
"So, you need to take those calls at one stage. Bringing those guys (Chahal and Kuldeep) at one stage was also not taken well by people. Look, whatever decisions are made, are to make sure that the team has the best and strongest balance that we can have approaching the T20 World Cup that we have next year," Kohli said.
The lack of wickets in the middle overs prompted the team management to look in the direction of wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (left) and Kuldeep Yadav

Dharamsala weather update: It is raining at the moment

TOSS UPDATE: Toss delayed due to rai

Toss delayed and live pictures do not look good as it is drizzling again

Covers are off, groundsmen doing their best to remove the water from covers, super soper on

Dharamsala live weather update: Only 20 per cent chance of rain but puddles on ground is concern

(Photo credit: accuweather.com)

Kohli on Dhoni's future: He cares for Indian cricket and is on same page with us

MS Dhoni has always put the interest of Indian cricket in mind and is "on same page" with the team management as far as his international future is concerned, skipper Virat Kohli said on Saturday.
 
On the eve of the T20 International series against South Africa, Kohli maintained that the 38-year-old Dhoni will "remain valuable" as long as he continues playing the game even as team management grooms youngsters like Rishabh Pant.
 
"One great thing about him (Dhoni) is that, he thinks for Indian cricket. And whatever we (team management) think, he is on the same page. The alignment is there. The kind of mindset he has had about grooming youngsters and giving them opportunities, and he is still the same person," Kohli replied when asked if the legend is in his scheme of things for next year's World T20 in Australia.
 
Dhoni has taken a two-month sabbatical from cricket and is not a part of the T20 International series against South Africa starting on Sunday.
 
While Kohli reminded the scribes about Dhoni's ability to prove his detractors wrong, his answer on his impending international future was a bit open-ended.
 
"Look, experience is always going to matter whether you like it or not. I mean there are a numerous number of times people have given up on sportsmen and they have proved people wrong and he (Dhoni) has done that many times in his career as well. As long as he is available and continues to play, he is going to be very valuable," Kohli said.
 
"When you decide to stop playing is an absolutely individual thing, and no one else should have an opinion on it, that's what I think," he added.

The cut off time for abandoning the match is 21:46 hrs

There is a lot of water on the covers and on the ground



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Dharamsala weather update: It is raining at Dharamsala

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Dharamsala weather update: Puddles formed on the areas which are not covered, says reports

It has been raining for the last two days in Dharamsala and the covers are in place right now. The Indian players have arrived to the ground but are still in their dressing room. There are puddles formed on the areas which are not covered. 

Here are the squads of both the teams

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Rahul Chahar, K Khaleel Ahmed
 
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w/c), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde

South Africa is under pressure: Madan Lal

A day before the commencement of T20I series, former cricketer Madan Lal said that South Africa is under pressure to face India.
 
"Proteas are under pressure. They are not a very stable team. Actually, they are trying to build the team as they have not done well in recent past. Also, their thought is to get the chokers tag off from the team," Lal told ANI.
 
However, the former cricketer is of the opinion that anything can happen in the shortest format of the game.
 
"But I will say it's T20 format, anything could be happening on the day.... will have to see how rain affects the wicket. If there is too much rain then it may have an effect."
 
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced India's Test squad and chief selector MSK Prasad said that they wanted to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings.
 
Lal backed Prasad's decision and said: "It's really good that selectors have given him (Sharma) an opportunity to bat on number one position in test format. Until you will not try him how will you come to know that he can bat or not? He is a class player."
 
Lal then cited an example of former West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards, who has 8540 runs under his belt in the longest format of the game, and said: "I have spoken about him (Sharma) before also that he can be giving an example of Sir Vivian Richards. Look at Richards, he was batting on number five or six but when he got the opportunity to bat on number three, from there he never looked back. Similarly, I feel that Rohit should also perform in Test's opening slot."

India vs South Africa 1st T20I preview

Virat Kohli will be venturing into the unknown with a clean slate, where a few seasoned hands will be backing a group of immensely talented youngsters, in his quest for World T20 title which begins with a three-match bilateral series against South Africa here on Sunday.
 
The 3-0 series win against the West Indies could be called a pre-cursor as it was just after enduring a disappointing end to their ODI World Cup campaign.
 
The real battle begins now with this series against Quinton de Kocks and Kagiso Rabadas, who are also in the midst of a tough transition phase.
 
A good spell from Rabada or a cameo from David Miller could pose challenge for the Indians, while some of the others like Test specialist Temba Bavuma or Anrich Nortje will like to prove their credentials in absence of Faf du Plessis or Hashim Amla.
 
There will be around 20 odd matches for captain Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri to build a near perfect combination going into the World T20 in Australia in October next year.
 
There are many questions that the team management will have to answer in the next 13 months during which IPL will also be held.
 
Save Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah (rested for this series), at least seven slots in playing XI and four more in the 15-member squad are up for grabs, with some bold steps on cards.
 
Retirement is Mahendra Singh Dhoni's individual call but does the team management intend to look ahead like the selection committee does?
 
It is yet to be known and Rishabh Pant's indiscretions doesn't make it easier for Kohli and Shastri.
 
Manish Pandey has been in and around for years now and despite the kind of quality he possesses, the Karnataka batsman has not inspired highest confidence in the chances he got.
 
So will it be Pandey at No 4 or Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer, who was in fine form during the Windies one dayers?
 
The other fascinating aspect will be the future of spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, at least in the shortest version.
 
Rajasthan leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is a young talent and is being billed as one for the future.
 
And with all-rounder Krunal Pandya also shaping up well and Ravindra Jadeja's experience set to come in handy, where does it leave the much in demand wrist spin duo, who had replaced Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja (for the better part) post 2017 Champions Trophy.
 
Not to forget, India have a back up finger spinner in young Washington Sundar, who in his U-19 days was a hard-hitting top-order batsman. So next question is where does it leave Kuldeep and Chahal in T20 scheme of things?
 
Last but not the least is the pace department where Bumrah is the only certainty.
 
Deepak Chahar, who many in Indian cricket term as 'Poor Man's Praveen Kumar' for the movement he generates during first spell, is an inspired investment for shortest version.
 
And then there is Navdeep Saini with raw pace and Khaleel Ahmed bringing in the left-arm variety but known to leak runs. Will they be persisted with in the long run?
Virat Kohli. Photo: AP | PTI


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