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    Australia runathon sets up India vs West Indies ODI series

    New Delhi: The runathon witnessed during the India-Australia ODI series has nicely set up India's limited-overs series against the West Indies beginning in Kochi on Thursday, for which the tickets have been selling like hot cakes.

    Over 2500 runs were scored in the seven-match ODI series between India and Australia, despite two matches being washed out by rain. India won the series 3-2 in the deciding seventh ODI, including a record chase of 359 runs. A similar expectation has raised expectation from the series against West Indies.

    The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi will host first of three three ODIs and the special ticket counters set up at the stadium have invited huge rush since Tuesday morning. "The rush at the counters in the morning was beyond control. We expect the stadium to be jam-packed," Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) office-bearers told The New Indian Express.

    Federal Bank website was tied up for selling tickets online, which was completed on Tuesday, which has directed fans to the box office at the stadium. According to KCA, tickets have been in huge demand in the northern districts. "The demand for tickets is unprecedented in the northern districts. In Kozhikode, Malappuram and Thrissur, tickets sold like hot cakes. Therefore, those who have not purchased tickets but are planning to come to Kochi for the match should ensure that they have the ticket in hand, else it would lead to disappointment," KCA authorities told the newspaper.

    India and West Indies squads are already in Kochi and are scheduled to practice on Wednesday. West Indies team is playing in Kochi for the first time.

    There is also a chance of rain interrupting play on Thursday as it rained heavily on Monday night. However, KCA says its ready to minimise the effects to keep the ground ready. "This year, we have been keeping the entire ground covered to prevent the ground from getting wet in the rain. Besides, the defects in the drainage system have been rectified. Therefore, we are confident of facing any challenges in the form of rain," the authorities said.