India vs South Africa: Heavy downpour in Dharamsala ahead of first T20

The minimum is a five-over per side encounter for it to be an official game.

A sharp spell of afternoon showers lashed Dharamsala ahead of the first T20 International between India and South Africa.   -  PTI

A sharp spell of afternoon showers lashed Dharamsala ahead of the first T20 International between India and South Africa here on Sunday. Scattered thundershowers are expected during the day.

While the match starts at 7 pm, the HPCA Stadium is equipped with quality drainage facility and can prepare the ground for a full 40-over game even if the rain stops by 5 pm.

The minimum is a five-over per side encounter for it to be an official game. There was a heavy shower on Saturday afternoon that left the lush green outfield very soggy. That said, the groundsmen were confident of play.

The teams:

India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (Capt.), Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi.

(With inputs from PTI)