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When everything was set for the thrilling action of three-match T20I series between India and South Africa, rain washed out all the excitement and hopes at HPCA Stadium on Sunday. The very first T20I clash of prestigious series between hosting team India and Proteas has been called off without even a single ball being bowled. Before the toss could happen in the game persistent rainfall already spoiled the pitch.

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Within a few hours of relentless rain at Dharamshala entire ground of HPCA stadium turned into a mini swimming pool after which umpires were left with no options and they have to abandon the match. Virat Kohli and team were prepared for the enthralling battle at the home pitch against Proteas after their lengthy Carribean assignment. The hosts were equipped with strong players, aggressive bowling attacks, and brilliant batting skills but it seemed like the Indians have to wait a bit more to show their prowess once again.

Meanwhile, Proteas were also ready for the much-anticipated encounter with the experienced captain Quinton de Kock, world-class pacer Kagiso Rabada and solid players in the team. The visitors have roped in many brilliant cricketers like Anrich Nortje, Rabada and Beuran Hendricks who have already played with the Indian players in Indian Premier League editions. They have a pretty good knowledge of Indian pitches and their conditions which is surely going to help them in this important tour also. It will be interesting to see whether South Africa’s knowledge about Indian cricketers will prove handy for them or not.

Here’s see how the rain played a spoilsport during the first T20I clash between India and South Africa at Dharamshala on September 15th: 

The series will now move to Mohali for the second T20I clash at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday. The live-action will start at 7 p.m (Indian Standard Time). Both the squads are keeping their fingers crossed for the next match. Besides them, all the Indian cricket fans are also hoping that the rain will not a spoilsport again in 2nd T20I match.

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