India loses another day of tour match to rain
Published: Sunday, November 11, 2001, 2:01 [IST]
East London: For the second time on its tour of South Africa, India was denied match practice when the first day of a four-day game against South Africa 'A' was abandoned because of a wet outfield in East London (South Africa) on Saturday.Although the sun was shining, the Buffalo Park field was soaked after heavy rain overnight. As at Chatsworth near Durban, where no play was possible in a scheduled three-day match against a Board Presidents XI before the first Test, the facilities at the ground proved hopelessly inadequate to deal with large wet areas. The Indians had to go into the first Test in Bloemfontein without any first-class match practice and wanted to use the East London game to try out players who did not play in Bloemfontein, where South Africa won by nine wickets. According to the ground staff, play should start on time on Sunday if there no further rain. To make up for lost time, a minimum of 112 overs will be scheduled for each of the three remaining days. The second Test starts in Port Elizabeth Friday. It was also an important match for South Africa 'A', with several contenders for Test places in action, including experienced Test batsman Daryll Cullinan, who is recently returned from injury.