London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles, 5th Match
Match abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain
16.05 Local Time, 20.35 IST: The match has been called off without a ball bowled. Inevitable really with the rain still falling. The weather's much better at Old Trafford though, where Manchester Originals are playing xi Birmingham Phoenix. Join our coverage there. Cheers!
16:00 Local Time, 20:30 IST: While the wait continues due to rain, here's a refresher on the rules of this new format in case you're still not familiar with it. The Hundred in a nut shell:
- 100 balls per innings, 65 minutes.
- End change after every 10 balls (2 sets of 5 balls each).
- Captain can change bowler after the first set of 5 balls from an end, the umpire will indicate this with a white card. No strike rotation.
- A bowler can bowl a maximum of 10 consecutive balls (at same end or one set of 5 balls from each end)
- A bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls in one game.
- Powerplay: 25 balls.
- Should the bowling team fail to complete 95 balls of an innings within the cut off time, the team will have to bring one extra fielder inside the field restrictions circle.
- Strike will not be rotated even if the batters cross for a caught dismissal.
- Teams can take a 2-minute timeout any match time after the completion of the powerplay.
- One unsuccessful DRS review permitted per innings.
- 2 runs for a no-ball with a free-hit to follow.
- Minimum of 25 balls per innings constitutes a match.
- In case of a tie: 1 point each for the teams in group stages. Knockouts: Winner to be determined by playing xi Super 5 (balls).
15:45 Local Time, 20:15 IST: Not much has changed with regards to the weather and there's only around an hour left before we reach the cut-off match time for the match to be called off.
14:50 Local Time, 13:50 GMT, 19:20 IST: Scenario still the same. It's not quite bucketing down now, but good enough to keep the umbrellas up. Groundsmen have at least 2 puddles to allowment with on the outfield. The DJ entertaining the crowd.
14:30 Local Time, 13:30 GMT, 19:00 IST: Still raining and coming down quite hard. Lots of water on the covers and this will take a lot of mopping once it clears. Thankfully the second game of the double-hander is at Old Trafford, where the Originals are hosting the Phoenix in the women's game first. The men will follow suit. For now, the animating Shafali Verma is out there with the bat in hand. Hop tabs for the action.
14:20 Local Time, 13:20 GMT, 18:50 IST: A puddle being formed by the water being drained out off the main covers. We are hearing that 16:43 is the latest a 25-ball game can start.
More covers coming on to protect the bowler run-ups. "It is lashing down at Lord's" says Ian Ward on air. It's gone really dark! Groundsmen bring on extra covers to cover the sides as well.
14:09 Local Time, 13:09 GMT, 18:39 IST: Uh oh! We can see umbrellas going up. It is drizzling. In fact it's coming down now. The covers are on too. Can see a bit of blue sky in the horizon. Looks like a start-stop day.
Oval Invincibles (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Colin Ingram, Sam Billings(w/c), Laurie Evans, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran, Nathan Sowter, Reece Topley, Jordan Clark
London Spirit (Playing XI): Zak Crawley, Josh Inglis(w), Daniel Lawrence, Eoin Morgan(c), Joe Denly, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Roelof van der Merwe, Blake Cullen, Chris Wood, Mohammad Amir
Sam Billings : We set a score the other night and manages to win as well, happy to bat first. lots of people in already. Great. We followed suit the other day too (about the Women winning the game earlier). Saqib Mahmood is out with a niggle, Jordan Clark comes in.
Eoin Morgan : We are going to bowl first because of rain around. finding ahead to a belter here tonight. The atmosphere has been amazing so far in the tournament. Same team for us.
London Spirit have won the toss result and have opted to field
The Hundred has been the talk of the town. It's different, it's rapid, it's been entertaining too. Well, why wouldn't any tournament be animating when you have the England regulars playing! 160 seems to be the score to challenge if you bat first and look to defend. We've seen enough evidence that keeping wickets in hand helps with power acceleration comes the end even in this format. So it need not to be just bang, bang and lose the way like a few teams have learnt thus far. The Oval Invincibles held its nerve against Manchester Originals in the openers. The London Spirit got its first taste yesterday. Warne and Morgan will want to open the account today. toss result and more shortly...
London Spirit Squad: Zak Crawley, Josh Inglis(w), Daniel Lawrence, Eoin Morgan(c), Joe Denly, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Roelof van der Merwe, Blake Cullen, Chris Wood, Mohammad Amir, Luis Reece, Mason Crane, Jade Dernbach, Adam Rossington, Mark Wood
Oval Invincibles Squad: Jason Roy, Sam Curran, Sunil Narine, Will Jacks, Sam Billings(w/c), Colin Ingram, Laurie Evans, Tom Curran, Nathan Sowter, Saqib Mahmood, Reece Topley, Rory Burns, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox, Alex Blake, Brandon Glover