Ind vs SL: First day's play abandoned

The rains are back almost with a vengeance in Chennai.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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The rains are back almost with a vengeance in Chennai. For the last couple of days the sun was out and the cyclonic storm remained stationary, making the net practice possible. But playing spoilsport just before the match, the weather washed out the first day's play. Close to 2000 fans turned up at the M A Chidambaram stadium, hoping to see master blaster Sachin Tendulkar create history by scoring his 35th Test century. But they were disappointed by the rains washing away the match. "We are used to this. It has happened for the fourth time now," said one fan. "I bunked college to come here. I was here even for the one day match. I'm very disappointed," added another. But it's hardly surprising because this is the monsoon season in Tamil Nadu. Better scheduling The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is celebrating the appointment of its Chief as the new treasurer of the BCCI. And now, many hope its new clout will mean better planning and scheduling of matches, away from the monsoon season from next year. Cricket fans had been hoping and praying for it to rain fours and sixes here in Chennai. But the weather god has obviously had other plans. Going by the weather reports, it seems unlikely that there will be enough cricket, if at all, for a result in the match. With thunderstorms predicted for the next four days, chances of meaningful cricket looks gloomy.