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1st T20 between India and NZ called off

Sep 08, 2012 at 09:08pm IST

Vizag: Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh's keenly-awaited return after battling cancer ended with a damp squib as the first Twenty20 game against New Zealand was washed out on Saturday.

The game was abandoned without a ball being bowled as heavy rain lashing the southern coastal town of Visakhapatnam since late afternoon showed no signs of relenting.

The two-match series - the second game takes place in Chennai on Tuesday - is a build-up for the World Twenty20 which opens in Sri Lanka on September 18.

1st T20 between India and NZ called off

Yuvraj Singh's fans returned disappointed as the Vizag Twenty20 was called off without a ball being bowled.

Yuvraj, 30, underwent chemotherapy in the United States in March and April to treat a rare germ-cell tumour between his lungs which was diagnosed late last year.

The left-hander, who was man of the tournament in India's World Cup triumph last year, was recalled to the Twenty20 side despite not having played competitive cricket since November.


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