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India vs Australia 2017: Rain Keeps Steve Smith and Boys Indoors in Kolkata

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: September 19, 2017, 1:05 PM IST
India vs Australia 2017: Rain Keeps Steve Smith and Boys Indoors in Kolkata

Photo Credit: David Warner/ Instagram

New Delhi: Rain is expected to play spoilsport on Thursday when India take on Australia in the second ODI of the five-match series at the Eden Gardens, but thanks to the incessant rain in Kolkata, Australia looks set to miss training on Tuesday. And Australia vice-captain David Warner isn’t too pleased with the weather disrupting training.

Taking to Instagram, Warner posted a photo of the covered ground in Kolkata and wrote: “Doubt we will be out on the ground today.”

Doubt we will be out on the ground today.

A post shared by David Warner (@davidwarner31) on

The second ODI between India and Australia on Thursday could witness another truncated match as the weathermen has not ruled out the possibility of intermittent showers, especially in the evening hours.

With rain threat looming large, the Eden Gardens remained under cover ahead of the second ODI. India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series with a 26-run win over the world champions Australia in the rain-affected first game in Chennai.

The city has been witnessing frequent showers and Kolkata Met director Ganesh Das has blamed it on circulation over South Bengal. "By September 21, the circulation will be gone but in this month rain is a possibility especially in the evening. It may not however continue for too long," Das said.

Hosting Australia for the first time since November 18, 2003, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is in no mood to take chances. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is the president of CAB, also inspected the conditions and was seen giving instructions while the ground remained under cover.

"The pitch and ground conditions is just perfect. It's an ideal condition what's required for an One-Day International contest but I cannot say whether it will rain or not," said CAB pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee, who's putting in hard yards despite flu for last two days.

He said he is unable to predict a score but promised a sporting wicket for the tie. "Who would have thought India will score 281/7 from being five down for 87 in the 22nd over. I cannot say they will make how many runs but the wicket will help both batsmen and bowlers," Mukherjee said.

Asked about the possibility of showers, he said: "We are equipped to cover the entire ground and there is enough machinery to clear up even if it rains but it depends on the intensity and duration."
First Published: September 19, 2017, 1:02 PM IST

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