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Ranji Trophy: Opening-day washout at Keenan leaves fans disappointed

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Jamshedpur, Oct 27: Jharkhand have just three playing days to conjure victory in the Ranji Trophy opener against heavy weights Delhi as sunshine finally threatens to ease the cloudy conditions at Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur.

Inclement weather combined with wet and damp outfield ruled at Keenan as the first day of the season’s opening game between hosts Jharkhand and Delhi was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

After incessant rainfall from the last few days in Jamshedpur, weather forecasters offer some hope the coin toss will finally take place on Monday, October 27 and play will start on time at 9:30pm as no there was no rain on Sunday. Groundsmen are trying their best to make the ground ready and playable but it all depends on the weather as how it behaves on Monday.

With weathermen predicting further wet spells in the next 24 hours, JSCA managers are only keeping their fingers crossed. Meanwhile, the Jharkhand team spent time working out at the gym this morning, while Delhi players remained confined to their hotel rooms.

Fans in huge number turned out to watch the big names make it to the ground the likes of Virendar Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra and other before the start of the play but were left disappointed as umpires after inspecting the ground called it a day. It promises to be a great contest if play starts on Monday.

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