India will be playing Sri Lanka in their second match of Group B and will be looking to make it into the semi-finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. At first, it was Edgbaston where rain threatened a washout in a much-awaited India vs Pakistan clash but somehow Rain Gods had mercy on the Defending Champions and sun came out as India beat Pakistan quite easily. But, it seems like the match against Sri Lanka is under a similar threat, the rain showers are quite persistent throughout the day. We might see a rain-curtailed match, or not a game at all at Kennington Oval, London.
Here’s the proof to substantiate the above speculation for India vs Sri Lanka clash on June 8.
First rain shower-
The game starts at 10:30 AM (15:00 IST) at Kennington Oval and the toss happens at 10:00 AM (14:30 IST). The rain showers are expected to hit London at 10:00 AM first (14:30 IST) which clearly means that the toss is going to get delayed. However, we might not witness overs being deducted at first.
Second rain shower:
If the rain is not heavy and the ground clears in time we might witness players walking out in the field but their stay at the field will be shortened as rain showers are expected to hit back at 12 PM (16:30 IST). If the rain is heavy, we might end up losing a few overs in the match.
Third rain shower:
Although there is some good news as rain is not expected to hit London at least for 3 hours. So, there is a chance that the first innings will end in that period of time. But, the rain is expected to return at 4 PM (20:30 IST). In that case, the rain might play spoilsport towards the end of the game.
Why is toss crucial in India vs Sri Lanka game with DLS method in place?
The captain winning the toss will be aiming to bowl first as DLS mostly tends to help the side bowling first. On the other hand, India were benefitted against Pakistan as they did not lose many wickets in the first innings.
Note: The above speculations are based on weather forecast and might not happen exactly like it is explained in the article.