Rain plays spoil sport, Chennai ODI abandoned

Published: Friday, October 24, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: The Limited Overs tri-series in India began on a wet note when heavy rain forced the opening match between New Zealand and the hosts to be abandoned.Just 26.5 overs of play was possible Thursday in the day-night One-day International in which India, electing to bat after winning the toss, made 141 for three. Sachin Tendulkar (48) and Yuvraj Singh (29) were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease. Umpires David Shepherd and A V Jayaprakash ordered lights to be switched on by the 20th over, but rain soon drove the players back to the pavilion. The match was called off after the scheduled dinner break when it was evident New Zealand will not be able to bat a minimum of 25 overs to determine a result. World champions Australia are the third team in the series in which each plays the other three times before the top two clash in the November 18 final at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta. Earlier, India made a fluent start when Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag hammered 53 for the first wicket by the ninth over. Sehwag hit a typically aggressive 31 off 29 balls that included a six over third man off seamer Daryl Tuffey after a similar stroke earlier in the innings had narrowly eluded Chris Cairns on the fence. Cairns, however, made amends by bowling Sehwag off the inside edge of the bat in his first over. India slid to 93 for three by the 16th over when Scott Styris had Venkatsai Laxman caught in the deep for 25 and then took a diving catch at mid-wicket to remove captain Rahul Dravid for four. Tendulkar, who hit five boundaries, and Yuvraj added 48 for the fourth wicket when heavy rain halted play to the disappointment of a sell-out crowd of 45,000 at the Chepauk. Both India and New Zealand gained one point each from the abandoned match. India take on Australia in the next match, also a day-night match, at Gwalior on Sunday.

Rain stops play, India 141 for three
Scorecard of Match 1

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