Kolkata T20: Third Ind-SA T20 Called Off Due to Wet Outfield
CAB President Sourav Ganguly, Shikhar Dhawan and Harbhajan Singh have a quick chat during the rain delay in Kolkata. (Photo: PTI)
CAB President Sourav Ganguly, Shikhar Dhawan and Harbhajan Singh have a quick chat during the rain delay in Kolkata. (Photo: PTI)

Kolkata T20: Third Ind-SA T20 Called Off Due to Wet Outfield

It’s the day of the third and final T20 between India and South Africa in Kolkata and we’re going to be getting you live updates and pictures from the dead rubber.

Yep, after the two defeats in Dharamshala and Cuttack, the Indians are looking to just about save face here and avoid a whitewash.

Covers put in place at Eden Garden as it rains before the start of 3rd T20 (Photo: PTI)
Covers put in place at Eden Garden as it rains before the start of 3rd T20 (Photo: PTI)

It’s 7pm and we don’t have the toss for you yet. That’s because heavy afternoon rains in Kolkata have left the stadium not exactly ‘match fit’, though there are two super soppers working the field.

There will be an official inspection by the match officials -- umpires A K Chaudhary and Vineet Kulkarni and Match Referee Chris Broad -- at 7.30pm after which they will decide on the start.
– Official Match Scorer

The scheduled start of play was at 7pm.

The umpires walked the field to check the conditions and we’ve got some more bad news. Play will not be starting for another hour at least.

The BCCI confirm the news with their tweet.

The official announcement for yet another delay in start of play is made on an electronic board in Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
The official announcement for yet another delay in start of play is made on an electronic board in Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
Umpires Anil Chaudhary, right, Vineet Kulkarni, left, and Chettithody Shamshuddin, second right, inspect the wet ground in Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
Umpires Anil Chaudhary, right, Vineet Kulkarni, left, and Chettithody Shamshuddin, second right, inspect the wet ground in Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
South African captain F du Plessis has a laugh  with the umpires during the ground inspection in Kolkata. (Photo: PTI)
South African captain F du Plessis has a laugh with the umpires during the ground inspection in Kolkata. (Photo: PTI)

Same routine once again. Umpires checked the outfield after the heavy rain in the afternoon and they aren’t satisfied just yet.

Another inspection is scheduled for 9:30 pm. Start of play can only be delayed to 10:15 pm, post which the players can start packing up and heading to the hotel.

Sorry folks, no update from Eden Gardens just yet. Does look like we will end up watching some 10 overs of play.

In the meantime though, here’s some pictures from ground zero.

The Proteas’ fans take a selfie while waiting for the umpires’ next inspection. (Photo: AP)
The Proteas’ fans take a selfie while waiting for the umpires’ next inspection. (Photo: AP)
South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis walks back into the middle to inspect the pitch. (Photo: AP)
South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis walks back into the middle to inspect the pitch. (Photo: AP)

That’s it. It’s lights out in Kolkata.

Umpires checked the ground for a third time and decided to wrap up the show, even before it started.

South Africa have won the three-match series 2-0. Over to the ODIs now.