GT20 Canada: Rain and Cricket take their love-hate game to Brampton
Of seven matches scheduled for the first four days, two have been hit by rain.
Rain and cricket are traditional rivals. Cricket which continues to pride itself as an essentially outdoor game has an ongoing battle with Lord Indra. Traditionally, rain has disrupted more games of cricket than any other sport.
And Brampton has been the latest victim. Of seven matches scheduled for the first four days, two have been hit by rain. It may be a mere coincidence that in both the rain-hit games, the team involved has been the pre-tournament favourites, Brampton Wolves.
Chasing a target of 122 in their first match against Mississauga Panthers, Brampton Wolves had to halt their run spree at 91 for one after nine overs on the opening day because of rain.
Today, rain may have come to the rescue of the Wolves as they were struggling at 50 for three in 7.2 overs after losing three of their top batters.
Unmindful of weather pundits warning of showers late in the afternoon, the Sunday cricket revellers turned up in sizable numbers to watch tournament leaders, Brampton Wolves, take on Surrey Jaguars.
They say rain is a good omen as former Indian Test spinner and Rajya Sabha member from Punjab, Harbhajan Singh, joined Brampton Wolves on the field today. Though he was not in the playing XI, he took time to go around various stands to acknowledge greetings and good wishes from his fans. He obliged many with selfies and autographs before rain too forced his hasty retreat to the team’s dressing room.
With thick dark clouds hanging low, portending moderate showers, the toss was taken. Surrey Jaguars after winning the spin of coin expectedly opted to field first. Their gamble paid rich dividends as they had sent back to pavilion two of the star batters – Aaron Johnson and Mark Chapman – back to the pavilion with the scoreboard reading a dismal 11/2.
Sheel Patel and Mathew Forde did the initial damage before Usman Khan tried to accord some respectability to the Wolves total. One of his mighty swipes landed the ball far beyond the boundary for the first six of the game. He hit three immaculate boundaries before he, too, was shown the route back to the dressing room for a personal score of 29. Colin de Grandhomme, who came next, announced his arrival with a six. Rain was not far behind as the Wolves’ total reached 50 off 7.2 overs, and players were forced off the field.