Dharamsala: India and South Africa were left counting fingers and hours, while hopeful fans returned home hopeless as rain spoiled the opening T20I game between India and South Africa.
The 1st Twenty20 international, which was supposed to be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA Stadium) in Dharamsala, was washed out without a ball being bowled.
There were speculations that might play spoilsport in the game but what unfolded was unprecedented.
The 1st T20I was called off due to inclement weather and relentless rainfall.
The 1st T20I game had a cut-off time of 09:21 pm IST. But persistent rainfall, adding to the poor pitch conditions of the HPCA Ground, lead the umpires to call off the game without even the toss taking place.
The turf had turned into a mini swimming pool and the ground was covered in lumps leading to game being called off.
Both teams now move to PCA Stadium in Mohali for the 2nd T20I of the three-match series. the 2nd game will be played on September 18 (Wednesday).