The first T20I between India and Sri Lanka at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati was abandoned due to the wet pitch. The match was called off without a ball being bowled. India won the toss and opted to bowl first, but soon the heavens opened up. The rains resulted in the delay of the start of the match. However, once the rain cleared, the groundsmen removed covers. The rain returned, and the ground staff were unable to keep the pitch dry. India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I 2020 Called Off Due to Damp Pitch.
After the rain fully cleared, the groundsmen got back to work. While super soppers were busy drying up the outfield, the ground staff used bizarre techniques to dry the pitch area. The groundsmen used vacuum cleaners, hair dryer and even an iron to dry up the pitch.
As the images of the ground staff at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium using hair dryer and iron were beamed on TV sets, the social media users were quick to take a dig at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Assam Cricket Association officials. Fans also shared funny jokes and memes. IND vs SL, 1st T20I 2020: Funny Memes Flood Internet as Rain Delays the Game in Guwahati (See Tweets).
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@BCCI Richest cricket board, & use hair dryer & iron box to dry the pitch!!
— Films & Cricket💮 (@FilmsCricket) January 5, 2020
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) January 5, 2020
Jugaad that failed
— Tridib Baparnash ॐ (@TridibIANS) January 5, 2020
Ok, this seems to be the winner!
— Anshu K Deipak (@AKDeipak) January 5, 2020
1980 - will have flying cars in 2020
— sarcastic_dude (@_dhamo) January 5, 2020
Ok, last one!
Are you serious?? Using hair dryer and iron to dry the pitch?? Looks like world's richest cricket board @BCCI never heard of "Hover Cover" to dry the pitch. We are in the year 2020 for god's sake @SGanguly99. Please spare some fund @KirenRijiju ji 🙏 #INDvsSL pic.twitter.com/EN6z1vVPOs
— DS (@IForRealDS) January 5, 2020
The series opener would have been the comeback game for Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah, but rains ruined the occasion. The teams will now travel to Indore for the second T20I on Tuesday, January 07, 2020. Sri Lankan team is in India for a short T20I series. With the first T20I abandoned, the series now becomes a two-match affair.
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