India vs South Africa 1st T20I: Match abandoned without a ball played due to rain

Intermittent rains throughout the day coupled with puddles of water on the covers meant that even the coin toss could not take place.
India vs South Africa 1st T20I: Match abandoned without a ball played due to rainThe HPCA stadium in Dharamshala covered due to heavy rains. (Photo: Twitter)
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The first T20I between India and South Africa that was to be played here at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium on Sunday was abandoned without a ball played due to rain. The official cut off time was 9.46 PM IST but the heavy rain forced the officials to call off the match early. 

Intermittent rains throughout the day coupled with puddles of water on the covers meant that even the coin toss could not take place. The three-match series now moves to Mohali where the second T20I will be played on Wednesday

 India's build up to the series was exceptional as they clean swept the T20 World Cup holders, the West Indies in their last outing in the shortest format.

 For South Africa, who are in the midst of a tough transitional phase, players like Temba Bavuma and Anrich Nortje will be looking to grab their opportunities in the absence of seasoned campaigners like Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla. ​

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