New Zealand A ODI’s Rescheduled Due to Inclement Weather in Visakhapatnam
The ongoing series based on five matches between India A and New Zealand A on Monday has witnessed the abrupt rescheduling of second and third unofficial One-day International (ODI) fixture after inclement weather has forced the management to postpone the matches in Visakhapatnam.
The first unofficial One-day game was scheduled on October 6 at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam which was eventually washed out even on the reserve day, after incessant rains lashed Andhra Pradesh’s city. Pertinently, the second and third One-day games were rescheduled for October 8 and 10, respectively to allow the players make most out of the day-long match.
However, the fourth and fifth ODI will be played according to the original schedule on October 13 and 15, respectively at the same venue. As the first ODI was called-off without a ball getting bowled, the management had thoroughly discussed over the following fixtures, before the decision to defer the 50-over match took place.
Moreover, with the host administration stood up with the solution following the consent from New Zealand management which eventually showed the keen interest in the process. With the city based on the coast of Bay of Bengal, the sole reason for the intermittent rain could be a cyclonic circulation in the region which has further played the spoilsport in gentleman’s game.
Earlier, the itinerary didn’t mention any reserve days for the Black Caps’ tour to India.
Before the unofficial ODI series, the tour kicked off with two Tests which got eventually held in Vijayawada. The hosts clinched the first Test by an innings and 31 runs played between September 23 and 26. While repeating the show in the southeast part of Vijayawada, the all-round performance in the second Test handed over India A an innings and 26-run victory over dismal Kiwis side which was slated between September 30 and October 3.
According to the reports, Kiwis are looking forward to inducting a couple of players from the A team in its national side after having a first-look owing to the sub-continent conditions. Concluding, the senior Men in Blue led by Virat Kohli will host New Zealand side in the upcoming limited-overs series. The series is comprised of three One-day internationals followed by three T20I’s.
The first ODI is scheduled at iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on October 22.
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