First One-Day match between the A-sides of India and New Zealand has been pushed by a day after overnight rain denied starting the match here in Visakhapatnam. The match was scheduled to play on Friday, but the outfield of the ground got so wet with heavy rain, which resulted in rescheduling the match to Saturday.
Ground suffered a heavy downpour the night before the game, which led the ground’s men to cover the 30-yard circle. But the slight drizzle of following morning played a key role in pushing the match. Ground staff was unable to soak to water from the outfield due to regular drizzle. However, Rahul Dravid and Shane Bond, coached of both teams, shook hands and decided to play this game tomorrow instead of playing a curtailed game.
Meanwhile, match officials were not so impressed with whatever efforts grounds staff put to have a game. At the end, both coach and New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen gathered for a chat and announced both teams can play this match a day after.
After making this big decision, Larsen said his team is looking to play the maximum amount of cricket. “We are here to learn, we are taking the lessons from Vijayawada. It’s been all good at Vizag but for the rain. We are hoping to get as much cricket in as possible,” he said.
This scenario spiced up a tight schedule as the weather report for tomorrow isn’t pleasing either. Though, now both teams have to play back to back cricket on Saturday and Sunday as the second match of the series will be played on October 8.