Rain may potentially interfere with the second ODI match between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam according to weather reports for the region.
The match is set to take place at Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Sunday but the weather could dampen the experience for countless cricket enthusiasts planning to watch the game either live or through electronic media.
Earlier weather forecasts predicted rain for both Saturday and Sunday in Visakhapatnam, with multiple instances of rain on Saturday evening.
Andhra Cricket Association Secretary SR Gopinath Reddy assured on Saturday that the stadium is well-equipped with super soppers and an underground drainage system.
Reddy told in a media talk, “We have a good arrangement of super soppers and an underground drainage system at the stadium. The entire outfield is covered, not just the pitch. If it only rains for a few hours, we can start the game after drying the ground. However, prolonged rain will affect the match. Once the rain stops, we can prepare the ground within an hour.”
India currently leads the three-match ODI series 1-0. In the first match, outstanding performances from Mohammed Shami (3/17), Mohammed Siraj (3/29), and Ravindra Jadeja (2/46) led to Australia’s dismissal for 188 in just 35.4 overs. Mitchell Marsh (81 off 65) was the sole major contributor for Australia.
Despite an early setback to 39/4 due to Mitchell Starc’s (3/49) opening spell and two wickets from Marcus Stoinis, a 108-run partnership between KL Rahul (75*) and Ravindra Jadeja (45*) secured a five-wicket victory for India with more than 10 overs remaining. Jadeja received the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his all-around performance.
The third ODI is scheduled for March 22 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. India previously won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia with a 2-1 victory in the red-ball series.
This win qualified them for the ICC World Test Championship, where they will face Australia at The Oval, London, starting June 7.
India’s ODI squad against Australia
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, K L Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (Vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel and Jaydev Unadkat.