Every time there's a rain abandoned game, Colonial cricket stadium in Australia comes to mind which is a completely indoor (with a covering roof), making itself waterproof!
No such roof at Westpac trust stadium in Wellington where India and New Zealand began second one day international in highly competitive manner today. Indian openers Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar mixed aggression with caution to perfection and took India to 76 runs off first 12 over before being separated. in between, Ian O'Brien bowled some unplayable deliveries, touching speed of higher 140kmph regularly.
79 yards straight but only 65 yards square boundaries, Sehwag played his un-natural pull shot to good effect (specially against Kyle Mills) while Tendulkar settled himself down at other end. Upon Sehwag's unlucky dismissal (caught behind given by local umpire), Sachin Tendulkar started taking risks while Gautam Gambhir tried settling down.
Batting plan was going well for visitors before the first rain interruption at 19th over mark. an hour lost and then 5 more overs before second rain interval. Third time match started in a bid to finish Indian innings inside 34 overs and set a duck-worth lewis target for New Zealand to chase in 20 overs.
Sadly, game couldn't start after fourth halt.
Peter McGlashan made his debut for New Zealand. a wicket keeper, McGalshan took MCCullum's place who played the match but couldn't keep due to thumb injury. Peter is now 154th New Zealand one day international played.
Baseball keepers helmet was used by debutant keeper McGcGlashan today. Generally cricket wicket keepers use batting helmet when standing up to the wickets to slow bowlers but McGalshan might have started something better today!
Sachin Tendulkar scored his 91st ODI half century today. When most of his mates are in New Zealand for the first time, this is Tendulkar's 7th tour of kiwiland!
Wellington the Windy city made umpire Rudy Koertzen ask commentator Ravi Shastri to toss a bail so that two umpires can decide which stand who will stand. at one end, wind was coming straight into the umpire while it came sideways at other end. South African umpire Koertzen selected second option upon winning the bail toss!