India vs Pakistan Weather Updates: Match Resumes as Rain Stops in Manchester, Overs Reduced
It has been forecast that light showers are on the cards throughout match hours on Sunday, thus affecting the marquee clash between the arch-rivals
Rain threat looms large over the India-Pakistan match in Manchester. (Image: BCCI)
India vs Pakistan: The rain in Manchester has returned with India well on their way to get the win against Pakistan. Before the stop in play, Pakistan have lost 6 wickets so far, as Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each. India posted 336 runs from the quota of 50 overs.
Pakistan had been set a revised target of 302 to win from 40 overs. The equation is 136 from 30 balls.
The much-anticipated encounter had started on time despite the rain forecast and the weather gods were largely kind during the Indian innings after Virat Kohli's men were put into bat by Sarfaraz Ahmed, who won the toss and chose to field. There had been a brief spell of showers ahead of the toss, but the sky remained clear afterwards.
Cricket fans across the globe have been praying that the rain gods stay away from Old Trafford on Sunday, and allow a full math to happen.
But the forecast for the rest of the day now doesn’t look good at all. The chance of rain was 60 per cent at 2 pm in Manchester and according to UK MET department, this will rise up to 70% by 4pm local time. And by 6pm, the chances of rain will astronomically rise up to 80%, further increasing to 90% by 8 o’clock. The only respite will be at 5pm, when the chance of rain will drop to 30 per cent.
So far, four matches have been abandoned in the ongoing World Cup, including India's last fixture against New Zealand. The game in Trent Bridge was called off without a ball being bowled.
Two days before the India-Pakistan clash, Manchester received heavy rainfall. The pitch was under the hover cover and the square was covered by sheets. However, few hours later, the rain went away and there was bright sunshine. This has raised hopes of the cricket fans who have come in from all parts of the world to witness one of the greatest cricket rivalry.
It was forecast that light showers are on the cards throughout match hours on Sunday, thus affecting the marquee clash between the arch-rivals.
Clearly, the teams will have to keep it in their plans for the game as a curtailed game and the Duckworth-Lewis equation are very much on the cards.
Considering the unpredictability of the English weather, anything is possible.
As per the weather forecasting website, Accuweather, the conditions will remain overcast throughout the day with the temperature hovering around 17 degree Celsius.
Out of 45 ODIs at the Old Trafford in Manchester, only 18 went in favour of the team batting first. In the last five List A games, the average score was 260. The team that wins the toss should opt to field first, bearing in mind the adverse weather conditions.
Key Stadium Facts:
This is the first ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match at the venue. Also known as Emirates Old Trafford, it was first established in 1857 and can easily accommodate up to 19,000 people.
Hosting Tests since 1884, this is the second oldest Test venue in England. Its Pavilion End was recently remained as 'James Anderson' after England's leading Test wicket-taker.
This is not the first time, that this venue is hosting ICC Cricket World cup. Earlier it was used in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions of the tournament.
If we take a look at ODI statistics, then this venue has hosted 46 matches so far. Out of these, 25 matches were won by home side, 12 by touring side while neutral side triumphed only 8 times.
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