India vs South Africa three ODI series.
India vs South Africa three ODI series. (Credit: Twitter @BCCI)

The first ODI of the three-match series between India and South Africa has been cancelled due to rain. The match was supposed to be held in the beautiful stadium of Dharamshala, but due to continuous rain, the match could not be played and finally the decision was taken to cancel the match. However, interestingly, six months old history was repeated on this ground with the match being cancelled without playing a single ball.

This is the last series of the Indian team before the start of the Indian Premier League. The remaining two matches of the series will be played in Lucknow and Kolkata. However, the match cancelled at Dharamshala made three coincidences. Let’s look at these interesting figures.

This is the second consecutive time when an international match in Dharamshala was rained out. On 15th September last year, an international T20 match was cancelled due to rain. You will be surprised to know the connection between India and South Africa that the international T20 match in Dharamshala was cancelled due to rain on 15 September 2019, the match was also supposed to be played between these two teams.

Now, after the match cancellation due to rain, now India and South Africa will be playing 2nd ODI in Lucknow on Sunday, 15 March at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in the capital of Uttar Pradesh. After this, on Wednesday, 18 March, the third match of the series will be at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

It is also coming to the news from BCCI sources that the remaining two matches of the series between India and South Africa can be played without audience in stadium. This can be done under the measures being taken to avoid the coronavirus. Not just cricket, the Indian Super League (ISL) final to be held in Goa between ATK and Chennai FC on 14 March will also be played without audience in the stadium.