Second day of India tour match abandoned
Published: Sunday, November 11, 2001, 23:31 [IST]
East London: Frustration for the Indian touring team continued on Sunday when the second day of a scheduled four-day match against South Africa 'A' was abandoned because of a wet outfield. It was the fifth consecutive day of cricket outside the Test series to have been lost because of poor drainage and lack of facilities at South African grounds. No play was possible in a scheduled three-day match against a Board Presidents XI in Chatsworth, near Durban, before the first Test. As on Saturday, the weather was fine when play was due to get under way but large areas of the outfield were drenched after rain during the weeks leading up to the match, including a heavy downpour on Friday night. The umpires consulted the captains. South Africa 'A' captain Dale Benkenstein was willing to try to get the match started but Indian captain Saurav Ganguly felt the underfoot conditions could lead to injuries. A shower of rain dumped more water on the ground and the discussion became academic, with the umpires deciding to try again on Monday. The second Test starts in Port Elizabeth on Friday. South Africa won the first Test in the three-match series by nine wickets in Bloemfontein last Tuesday.