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Rain has final say in Durban

Heavy afternoon downpours forced the first Twenty20 international between South Africa and Pakistan to be abandoned at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.


There was some overnight rain in the city, but the cloud cover appeared to have cleared around lunchtime when the sun shone briefly.

However, heavy downpours arrived mid-afternoon and it was still falling at 5:30pm CAT (SA, GMT+2) when the toss was due.

But with rain still falling and puddles quickly forming in the outfield, umpires Shaun George and Adrian Holdstock, along with the curator, Wilson Ngobese, decided to call off proceedings just under an hour later.

The match between the fifth-ranked Proteas and world number six Pakistan is the first of two scheduled -- the second will be played in Pretoria on Sunday -- and will be followed by a five-match one-day series.


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