India v Australia 4th ODI: Thunder showers in Bangalore could hamper the game
The 4th ODI of the series will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Updated - Sep 25, 2017 4:56 pm
The threat of rain has been travelling with the two teams India and Australia as they fly through the country. It rained in Chennai leading into the game and also hampered the play to reduce the second innings to 21 overs. Rain was also predicted for Kolkata since it is a coastal city there was a short spell of showers but didn’t affect the proceedings. The action moved to central India, for the third ODI and the forecast at Indore was also for some rain.
It didn’t pour down in the city and the game was a completed as a full ODI. Now as the teams make their way to Bangalore the Metrological Department has predicted thundershowers. The match is scheduled for 28 September and it has been raining in Bangalore as 55 mm of rainfall has been recorded in most parts of the city in the last 24 hours.
The weather report
The weathermen expect more rain and thundershowers in the upcoming 24 to 48 hours. As per the weather report, Bangalore will continue to witness moderate to heavily intense rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours.
A shower during the game in Bangalore wouldn’t concern the groundsmen of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium as the venue has the best technology in place to flush out the water and play can resume 30 minutes after the downpour stops. The pitch curator though is taking every possible measure to keep the wicket dry and in the shape he wants it to be for the match.
The Indian team has played 19 ODIs at the facility and won 13 matches. Being a small ground it has always aided run-scoring but during the previous season of the IPL and a T20I played between India and England the pitch assisted the spinners and life was difficult for the batters. Yuzvendra Chahal picked the best bowling figures by an Indian in a T20I in that match with a six-wicket haul.
Team India leads the five-match series 3-0 and though they have already won the series Virat Kohli made it clear that they want to continue playing ruthless cricket. They have the option of experimentation open but that will not be at the cost of a victory and the team will only make safe changes. The aim for the Men in Blue here on will be to whitewash the Aussies 5-0.