India vs South Africa abandoned without toss

No 3-0 whitewash, 2-0 it stays!

 

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Indian groundstaff work on the wet ground conditions in Eden Gardens

 

The 3rd and final T20 international to be played between India and South Africa got abandoned without the toss. The much anticipated Eden Gardens contest suffered the ill fate of mother nature, as the ground could never recover from the wetness caused by the rainfall. The match therefore ended in a no contest, confirming South Africa’s 2-0 whitewash of the Indians.

The Indians suffered a major downgrade in the form as of late, and the third T20 was believed to be a massive opportunity to get some revenge against the visitors. But as nature had other plans, the series ended with a 2-0 score in the favor of the proteas.

During his pre match press conference, Indian skipper Dhoni laid emphasis on the importance of a victory in the final ODI. Dhoni looked eager for his team to get back some form and he announced three vital changes made to the Indina starting lineup. Rahane was to brought in to open the batting, and spinner Amit Mishra and all-rounder Stuart Binny were to also join the side.

The horrible start to the series against the proteas has seen the Indians slip down two places in the T20 rankings. Before the series, the Indians stood 3rd and the South Africans stood 5th. Technically, both have swapped places now, thanks to the stunning form the South Africans are in at the moment, and thanks also to some dismal displays by the Indian batting lineup.
 
The match was expected to be played with the total tally of 20 overs cut shot at some point. The expected start time was 9 30 pm IST, 150 minutes after the actual starting time. The next checkpoint was set at 10 15 pm, but the fight against time didn’t turn out a very successful one at the end. The game was called off. South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis expressed his disappointment at the match being canceled, saying him and his side were eager to complete a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts.

Eden Gardens has had its history with clumsy weather conditions. The drainage systems surely need some sorting. An interesting thing to know is that Eden Gardens, Kolkata is the venue where the World T20 final of next year shall be conducted.

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