It seems the series against Australia is taking place at the wrong time of the year. It is monsoon in most parts of India and rain threat looms large at Kolkata, which is the venue for the second One-Day International. The first ODI that India won at Chennai was also a rain-truncated affair, where Australia got only 21 overs. India won the first ODI by 26 runs to get early momentum in the important series. Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni starred for India with the bat after India was in deep trouble at 87 for 5. Hardik Pandya also hit a hat-trick of sixes against Adam Zampa. With the latest news pouring in, it seems the rain has been less but predictions are for little showers.
But now it is learnt that there are high possibilities of rain playing spoilsport during the second ODI at the iconic Eden Gardens. On Monday, the ground was under covers.
Kolkata is receiving 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 told PTI.
“The pitch and ground conditions is just perfect. It’s an ideal condition what’s required for a One-Day International contest but I cannot say whether it will rain or not,” said CAB pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee.
“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,” Mukherjee said.
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The fans would be hoping for a full game and one thing that is good about the ground is its drainage facility, which is one of the best in the country. So even if the rains stop the match can start in half an hour, that is a big plus at the Eden Gardens.