IND v SA 2019: Rain threatens Pune Test after heavy rain prediction by IMD

India has won the first Test at Vizag. The second and third Test are scheduled in Pune and Ranchi.

13 points will be given to each team in case of a draw | GETTY

Fans are frustrated after rain interruptions in cricket matches increased this year. From World Cup to series encounters, the cricket lovers had to suffer because of lack of action. It seems like the frustration is going to continue as the next Test match between India and South Africa may get affected by rain.

Weather forecast for the second Test at Pune isn't very satisfying. The city is expected to receive rainfall spanning 20-30 minutes with some thunderstorm activity over the next 72 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday. 

A bit of relief as IMD also added there would be a reduction in heavy rainfall between October 10 and 12. The city will continue to witness overcast conditions on October 13 and October 14.

Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD Pune, said, "Strong westerlies from the Arabia sea bringing more moisture leads to heavy downpours over Konkan, Goa and parts of Madhya (central) Maharashtra."

India has already taken 1-0 lead in the series. They have the upper hand in the series. However, every game is essential, considering the World Test Championship. A draw in three-match series means 13 points to each side.

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Rain will also play a role in conditions on offer during the game. But Indian team management isn't reading much into it.

"To us, to be a good No.1 team in the world, any conditions that come your way (abroad) you have to accept it as home conditions," said Bharat Arun, Team India's bowling coach. "We tend to assess the wicket at the last moment, but we say that we are going to look at it as home conditions and the wicket is the same for both teams. We are going to work on our bowling rather than looking at the wicket."

(With Hindustan Times Inputs) 


By Sihyeu Singh - 09 Oct, 2019

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