Visakhapatnam, Sep 8: Rain forced the abandonment of the first Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand here at the ACA-VDCA Stadium on Saturday. The match was called off without a ball bowled and there was no chance for toss as well.
Rain continued to come down and the official confirmation from the umpires came at 8.15 PM local time. It was a huge disappointment for over 25,000 fans who had braved rain and turned up at the stadium.
Yuvraj Singh had brought the fans to the stadium but they could not watch their favourite cricketer in action. However, Yuvraj was honoured by the local association on his comeback. Later, he took a lap of honour around the ground to acknowledge the crowd support.
The second and final T20I of this short series is in Chennai on Tuesday, September 11.
Rain has delayed toss.
Toss was scheduled to take place at 6.30 pm local time, but heavy showers forced the umpires to wait for the rain to stop. However, even at 7.50 pm there was no chance of toss as rain continued.
The original start time of the match was 7.00 pm.
Yuvraj has been the cynosure of all eyes as he returns to cricket after winning his battle against a rare germ cell cancer. He has to wait for some more time.
"I guess this wud be my biggest day aftr w cup final I'm really overwhelmed with the love and support of everyone who have send me wishes," Yuvraj (@YUVSTRONG12) tweeted few hours before the match.
"Few hours to go till I wear my fav jersey To my mom my friends my fans this wud not bin pos thnks for ur lov nd courage," he wrote in another tweet.
The second T20 is in Chennai on Tuesday. India won the preceding two-match Test series 2-0.
India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ashok Dinda, Piyush Chawla and Manoj Tiwary.
New Zealand: Ross Taylor (captain), Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Doug Bracewell, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Nathan McCullum, Ronnie Hira, Kyle Mills and BJ Watling.
Umpires: Sudhir Asnani and S Ravi (both India)
Third Umpire: Vineet Kulkarni
Match Referee: Chris Broad