Visakhapatnam: The first day of the three-day fixture between India A and New Zealand A at the Port Stadium in Visakhapatnam was called off on Wednesday (August 28) without a ball being bowled due to a thunderstorm that began an hour before the scheduled start of play.
The build-up to the game witnessed bright sunshine, but Wednesday morning dawned dark and grey. With thunderstorms lashing the venue for the next two hours, the match officials decided to call off play even before the scheduled lunch interval at 11:30am.
Thunderstorms followed by gusting winds meant the outfield resembled a paddy field, and the covers brought in to protect the playing surface and the square were displaced. According to Andhra Cricket Association ground staff, the severity of the storm was such that no play would have been possible even had the rain relented before the lunch interval.