Opening day of India's lone tour game washed out

Opening day of India's lone tour game washed out
Rain had marred the second T20 International between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. AFP

Sydney: The first day of the tour game between India and Cricket Australia XI was abandoned without a ball being bowled here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Incessant rains kept the players away as inclement weather didn't relent at all. It started raining in Sydney on Tuesday night and after a deluge through the day, the ground was soaking wet.

There was a brief stoppage in rain at 1 pm local time and the groundsmen worked hard to get the pitch and outfield ready.

Toss was scheduled for 3.30 pm local time with play to commence at 4 pm, if no further rain showers came forth.

But play was abandoned for the day at 3 pm local time, with half-an- hour extension from day two onwards.

A couple of members of the Indian support staff had visited the ground to assess conditions earlier in the morning. The team didn't even arrive at the ground owing to poor weather conditions.

There is more rain forecast for Thursday morning, but the weather is expected to clear from day two afternoon.

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