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1st T20I: Match between India-SL called off due to damp pitch

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Guwahati: Damp patches on the 22-yard strip at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium here after a heavy spell of shower saw India’s opening T20 international against Sri Lanka get called off without a ball being bowled here on Sunday.

India’s first game of the new year turned out to be a dampner after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first in Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah’s comeback series after injuries.

It started raining heavily just before the 7 p.m. start and although the downpur passed away, the pitch had damp patches which did not allow play to start as umpires had two inspections.

Kohli also had a look at the wicket and seemed not too pleased.

With K.L. Rahul in great form and Rohit Sharma rested, it was a chance for Dhawan to get back among runs and stay in the conversation for a berth in the T20 World Cup squad. The left-hander, who has not been in form lately, especially in T20Is where he scored just 272 runs in 12 innings at a below-par strike-rate of 110.56, will now look to make the most of the remaining two T20Is before India go to New Zealand for more games in the shortest version.

It was also a chance to see Bumrah in action after his four-month break due to a stress fracture.

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Pacers shine for India on Day 2 of warm-up game

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Hamilton: Indian pacers came out with a remarkable performance on second day of the practice game against New Zealand XI being played at the Seddon Park.

On Saturday, the four Indian pacers — Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini — all bowled on immaculate line and lengths and bundled out New Zealand XI for 235.

While Shami was pick of the Indian bowlers as he picked up 3 for 17, Bumrah, Umesh and Saini picked two-two wickets each. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped the remaining one wicket.

For New Zealand XI, Henry Cooper top scored with 40 while Rachin Ravindra and captain Daryl Mitchell contributed with 34 and 32 respectively.

With a lead of 28, Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal then came out all guns blazing in the second innings and accumulated 59 runs in the seven overs they played before Stumps.

While Shaw scored 35* off the 25 balls he faced (5 fours and a six), Agarwal too smashed 23 runs off 17 balls (4 fours and a six), swelling India’s lead to 89.

In their first innings, India had been bundled out for 263 riding on Hanuma Vihari’s 101 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 93.

Brief Scores: India 263 all out and 59/0 (Prithvi Shaw 35*, Mayank Agarwal 23*); New Zealand 235 all out (Henry Cooper 40, Mohammed Shami 3/17

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