INDIA VS SRI LANKA 1ST T20I FROM GUWAHATI: HIGHLIGHTSIndia vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I: Hello and welcome to our coverage of the first IND vs SL T20I from the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Rain and damp conditions has resulted in abandonment of the first T20 International between India and Sri Lanka here on Sunday. Drizzles resulted in delays and in the end a portion of the pitch was damp due to seepage of water, which eventually resulted in cancelation of the game. The calling off extends the fans' wait to see the return of India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah from a four-month injury layoff. Follow live scores and all the updates from the 1st T20I in Guwahati here at indiatvnews.com (When and where to live stream IND-SL 1st T20I)
INDIA VS SRI LANKA 1ST T20I: HIGHLIGHTS
21.55 IST: There we go! We have official confirmation now. The match has been called off due to bad playing conditions. After numerous drizzles, the pitch was affected and it seemed some water and the wet patches couldn't be cured, which resulted in the match being called off. The second T20I will be played at Indore on January 7.
21.48 IST: We're past the cut-off time for the game to start. Official news still being awaited. Meanwhile, the groundstaff have stopped working on the pitch.
21.28 IST: With two minutes to go, Akash Chopra says that the surface is soft and it doesn't look like the surface will be at its best. Meanwhile, the umpires are out for the latest inspection.
21.02 IST: 09.46 PM is the cut off time for at least a five-over game.
Next inspection at 9.30 PM IST.— BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2020
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21.00 IST: The umpires are out to inspect the field and pitch as rain has come to a standstill. Meanwhile, the crowd is roaring and the flashlights are at full flow.
20.23 IST: The rain has stopped again and the pitch repair work continues
20.10 IST: Rain has also returned as there is a slight drizzle again and covers are returning.
20.07 IST: More delay now! Inspection has been pushed to 21.00 IST
20.03 IST: It looks like some water has seeped into the pitch and Virat Kohli is not pleased. What that means is, the ball will come on slow and keep low if the ball is pitched there.
19.55 IST: The next inspection will be at 20.15 and a full match is expected to happen.
19.54 IST: The covers are being taken off and the sky is slowly getting clearer.
19.48 IST: The rain has once again stopped and the umpires are out on the field for inspection.
19.36 IST: Rain has returned and the fans are back to finding places to stay dry.
19.12 IST: UPDATE! The rain has reduced and the groundstaff are at it to remove the water from the field.
19.05 IST: The rain has intensified and a further delay is now expected.
18.55: The covers were off for a while and the umpires went into the field but the rain is getting heavier now. The covers are back on now.
18.47 IST: There is a slight drizzle in Guwahati. As of now it is deemed to be a passing shower. Stay tuned for more updates!
18.45 IST: Playing XIs:
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (WK), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga (C)
18.35 IST Captains at toss:
Kohli: "We're gonna bowl first. We haven't played here in a while. The last time we played here, we chased well. The game we played prior to that against Australia, they chased well too. The track does play differently in the second half as compared to the first part. It's a good thing actually, there isn't too much of a difference in conditions, except that the track settles down better later on with the wet ball. Last year was outstanding for us in two formats, T20s not so much. Good thing though is that we have a World Cup coming up and we'll be taking things more seriously. Pandey, Samson, Chahal and Jadeja aren't playing. Kuldeep and Washington because of their left-handers and we have three seamers."
Malinga: "Happy to bat first. Don't think the track will change too much. We have prepared well and will want to put it into performances. Need to put runs on the board and then take it from there. We have brought 16 players as we need to finetune our combination for the World Cup. Three seamers and two spinners for us. Need five genuine bowlers to put pressure on India."
18.30 IST: TOSS: Virat Kohli has won the toss and India will bowl first in Guwahati
18.25 IST: 5 minutes to toss, 30 to live action. Stay tuned!
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