chennai bangalore match dropped due to rain
It was a frustrating wait, lasting nearly three hours, before the IPL match between Bangalore and Chennai was called off after rain refused to relent.
Both the teams picked up a point each to take their tally to 9 points with Chennai third and Bangalore fourth on the table.
The scheduled start at 8 pm was always out of question with summer rain lashing the city from the afternoon. But the clouds moved away with about half an hour left for the regular start to give hope to the fans.
Umpires Sudhir Asnani and West Indian Billy Doctrove inspected the pitch at 8.15 pm and soon it was announced that the match, with no reduction in overs, will start at 9 pm.
The near capacity crowd, cheering for their favourite players were soon on their feet as the superstars in the both the teams trooped out to limber up.
The biggest ovation was reserved for Chris Gayle. He may not be in the good books of the West Indies cricket officials, but the Bangalore fans have already adopted him.
Former Kiwi pacer Danny Morrisson and L Sivaranakrishnan did their best to cheer the crowd up at the toss and soon it was time for the real action.
Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, Dan Vettori was reportedly nursing a niggle, correctly called tails at the toss and then elected to bowl first. Chennai had chased down a stiff target Bangalore set two weeks back, but Kohli's decision was mainly due the rain-rule.
However, with just minutes left for the game to make a delayed start, the rain came back determined to play spoilsport.
For the next 90 minutes it was the same story. And that was it.