The groundsmen's desperate efforts to ensure play in Guwahati ended in vain as the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Damp patches on the pitch caused by the rain had forced the groundstaff to use a hair-dryer and steam iron to clear the conditions but the soggy affair did not improve one bit.
Covers were called in immediately after India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first.
With a fit-again Jasprit Bumrah making a return to the India lineup following an extended period of absence, the home side was keen to stroll out onto the pitch and take on the visitors.
The light rain soon relented but left wet patches, not allowing play to resume as the umpires and the players were dissatisfied with the drainage facilities.
The bad playing conditions attracted the ire of commentators with former India opener Aakash Chopra calling the groundstaff's inability to stop the water seeping through the covers a "schoolboy error".
Umpires waited till the final cut-off time before announcing a no-result.
The cricket action now shifts to Indore for the second T20I.