Rain threat looming large on the final T20I in Hyderabad

India and Australia will lock horns for one final time on Friday.

Hyderabad groundstaff
Groundstaff cover the field. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The third and final T20 International between India and Australia is under the serious threat of rain as it is pelting down in Hyderabad. The series is deadlocked at 1-1 after the visitors won the second match in Guwahati by 8 wickets. Earlier, the hosts had pocketed the rain-marred first game by 9 wickets when they had to chase 48 in just six overs. However, the match needs to take place in order to claim the winner of the intriguing series so far. It will mark an end of the tour for Australia who would love to take the trophy with them.

Currently, a  cyclonic circulation is hovering over the southeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal while a trough is extending up to Telangana across coastal Andhra Pradesh. Hence, the winds from the Bay of Bengal will continue to impact the state resulting in cloud formation and subsequently rainfall. Though the rain has largely stayed away from the venues throughout the tour and it would be interesting to see if it allows the game to happen on Friday.


Wet outfield of the Stadium

Since the last week, Hyderabad is continuously receiving heavy rainfalls and it has been reported that the rain gods won’t relent until the end of this week. Also, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium which will be hosting the decider of the series has taken a lot of beating from the rain that the outfield is still wet despite not raining for a couple of days. No sunshine at all has resulted in the groundsmen being forced to use the table fans in order to dry out certain areas.

Groundstaff uses fans to dry the wet outfield. (Photo Source: Twitter)

However, there are still hopes of the match to take place if the rains relent in the city. All the other venues where rain was predicted have done an excellent job so far and the officials in Hyderabad would also love to stage an all-important game of the tour.