From the 10th over of India’s chase, an over following the supper break, there was a stoppage of play for 30 minutes because of the setting sun that was directly in the batsman’s line of sight. Shikhar Dhawan, the batsman on strike a word with the umpires, who subsequently made a decision to stop play before the sunset thinking about player safety. An over was dropped as a consequence of the delay in resumption, with India being set a revised target of 156 out of 49 overs.
Cricket pitches are usually positioned in a North-South direction, however, the East-West confronting Napier pitch led to the problem. “The setting sun is right in the eyes of the batsmen. We got to think about the safety of the players, umpires. So, we’ve decided to suspend play until conditions improve. This is the first time in my 14 years I have seen something like that happen on a cricket field,” said umpire Shaun George.
The sun getting in the eye of the batsman has also occurred in other cricket games – the first day of the Old Trafford Test between England and West Indies in 1995, an ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in Gujranwala in December 1996, and also a Friends Provident game between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire at June 2006 being some other such instances.