AB de Villiers’ hundredth test will be remembered for the wrong reasons. Though the pioneer batsman did make over 80 runs but the match was marred by rain and thus abandoned (so much for not playing the 100th match in Bangladesh because of rain threats!). The Bangalore test will be added to the list of the test matches shortened by rain. Thus in that light we have come up with the list of the shortest test matches which were abandoned because the rain gods decided to play spoilsport.

1. Sri Lanka vs India, Kandy 1993

In Sri Lanka when it rains it rains cats and dogs. And that was the scene in the July of 1993 when India played Sri Lanka in the city of Kandy. This was Kapil Dev’s 125th test match which also became the shortest test match with only 12 overs bowled in the entire match. In the 49 minutes of play Sri Lanka who was put into bat could conjure up only 25 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.

2. England vs Australia, Nottingham 1926

This match is was the shortest test match until the match at Kandy overthrew it from its throne. The match was played for a total of 50 minutes with 17.2 overs being bowled. 12 June was a wet day and it is only by midday that some cricket became possible. The players played in terrible conditions by using sawdust to provide them footing in the wet ground and the batters batted without the help of any side screens in the midst of a constant drizzle. Ironically on the rest day the weather was pleasant and sunny only to take up a bad turn again on the 2nd day of the match. Ultimately the match was called off and the team captains settled with a draw.

3. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Gujranwala 1991

This was the only test match to be played at Gujranwala and what a match it turned out to be! This was the second match of the series which ended in a draw. The match spanned for 36 overs and saw Ramiz Raja make his 2nd fifty of the series. Everything seemed to be a problem in this match. There was the problem of bad light, a constant drizzle and a pitch which was in a very poor condition.

4. India vs New Zealand, Chennai 1995

The 2nd match of the series was marked by intervals of rain and ultimately was abandoned and ended in a draw. The spectators saw some cricket on the 1st day which was followed by 2 days in which no bowl was bowled thanks to never ending spells of rain. Finally when cricket resumed on the 4th day, the god of cricket made a 50 before the rain gods fired again.

5. Australia vs England, Melbourne 1971

This match was a historical one and can be regarded as the record of the 1st ODI match. In this test match, not even one ball was bowled as the 1st three days were washed out because of the rain. In the light of the weather conditions the organisers decided to make it a one day affair and the crowd turnaround and the enthusiasm made it a viable second format for the game.


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