25 August 2014
Bristol ODI abandoned due to rain
Persistent showers ensure no play possible in India-England series opener
Umpires examine the pitch prior to calling off the first One Day International.
The day dawned dark and gloomy with the playing surface and adjoining areas fully under the covers. The ferocity of the thunderstorm was such that both sides didn’t even get onto the field for some light pre-match rituals.
The match was eventually called off at 1.30pm local time (6pm IST), once it was determined that even a 20-over affair wouldn’t be possible. That meant India couldn’t add to its success at Bristol, where it has won all three matches played.
The rain also meant, the ODI series was reduced to a four-match challenge, with both sides denied some valuable match-time as they look to build towards the ICC World Cup 2015.
As many as seven new members joined India’s 18-man squad prior to the series. They won their only warm-up fixture prior to the series by 95 runs against Middlesex at Lord’s on Friday. Ambati Rayudu top-scored with 72 while Virat Kohli, who aggregated just 134 runs in 10 innings in the Test series, made 71. With the ball, Karn Sharma, the uncapped legspinner, picked three wickets.
England was primed to hand a debut to Alex Hales, the explosive opener, which meant Ian Bell, who opened the batting in the team’s last ODI assignment against Sri Lanka in June, was to drop down to No.3.
The second ODI will be played at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday.
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