India Women vs South Africa Women, 3rd T20I: Match abandoned due to wet outfield

The fact that two of the five T20Is have been lost to weather also means that both India women and South Africa women have been robbed of trying out the fringe players.

Relentless rain saw the second T20I between India Women and South Africa Women getting abandoned.

Relentless rain saw the second T20I between India Women and South Africa Women getting abandoned.   -  Twitter/@BCCIWomen

It was far from being a damp squib. In fact, for the locals who turned up in big numbers on the first day of a colourful festive season, it was supposed to be a super Sunday. But such was the damage done to the outfield due to a spell of shower in the morning that the third T20I between India and South Africa women had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.

After being robbed of vital preparation for two successive games this week, India coach W.V. Raman hinted that the possibility of rescheduling games is being discussed, although at a primitive stage.

“I don’t know how that protocol works, but that line of thought will be pursued. There’ll obviously be some discussion and it will be seen how it pans out,” Raman said after the series remained 1-0 in India’s favour with two games remaining.

“It’s a tricky thing. If you try and change venues and the sun starts beating down, then everybody is going to have eggs on their faces. It’s not that it’s not thought of. That’s also probably in the process. We’ll see how it goes and we’ll take things as they come as of now.

As it happened

The fact that two of the five T20Is have been lost to weather also means that both the teams have been robbed of trying out the fringe players, something that both teams had aimed at with an eye on the T20 World Cup in Australia in February.

“It’s disappointing, more from the spectators’ point of view. The crowd came in big numbers and it was a full house today as well. For our, being 1-nil down in the series, losing another game to weather is disappointing,” said Hilton Moreeng, South Africa head coach.

“With the T20 World Cup approaching, we would have also liked to try out certain combinations and also get back in the series but rain is obviously it’s something you can’t control.”

The penultimate rubber of the series is scheduled for Tuesday.