August 26th () : The first of the five match ODI series between India Vs England was called off not only without a ball being bowled, but even without the toss happening, due to incessant rain.
The contest, which was the first match to be played at Bristol in the last four years, was expected to be affected by rain even before the start with the weathermen predicting a 100% chance of rain and as most times, the weather was spot on.
It had rained all night at Bristol and the teams were welcomed to the ground which was under covers. It was not a heavy rain, but the consistent drizzle all night and in the morning that sounded the death bell for the match.
The ground’s drainage system was not the greatest in the world nor was there any flood lights which could help the teams play in case of the light fading away. The rain just got heavier as the day progressed and the match was aptly called off by 1.30 pm as the rain was still in the air and there were no chances that the match could start with the outfield still wet.
This was the same ground where India scored exactly 329 runs in two of the three matches played here. India had batted first in both the instances, against Kenya in the 1999 world cup and in 2007 against England, both of which they duly won.
The ODI series next moves to Cardiff on Wednesday with the score line 0-0, in similar lines to the test series after the first match which was a draw. The weather forecast for Cardiff is not too great either with chances of rain predicted on Wednesday.
Both teams will be looking forward to that game, considering they have spent time indoors and the series being reduced to four matches now.