Rain threat looms over final India v New Zealand T20I in Trivandrum
KCA official said if they get 30 minutes the ground will be match ready.
Updated - Nov 5, 2017 10:39 pm
India’s first real chance of winning a Twenty 20 International (T20I) series against New Zealand could be spoiled as rain threat looms over the match on Tuesday (November 7). As the new international cricket stadium in Trivandrum is set to host the final match rain is the main concern.
Heavy showers have been observed for the last three days in the Kerala capital and on Sunday the city continued to witness persistent downpour, which kept the central part of the Greenfield International Stadium’s ground under the covers.
“These are not seasonal rains but yes it has been regular for the last three days. Importantly, rain has been forecast for the next three days too which could put the match in jeopardy,” a Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) official told Hindustan Times.
Good drainage system
On Sunday the sky was mostly covered by clouds with heavy showers in the afternoon. But, KCA officials are ready. If the rain stops before play the match will be set up in no time as they have a very good drainage system. KCA official said if they get 30 minutes the ground will be match ready.
“The sky on Sunday mostly remained under cloud cover with heavy showers in the afternoon. But KCA officials are prepared. On Sunday they had a very good rehearsal. We have plans to clear rainwater,” KCA secretary Jayesh George was quoted as saying.
Another official also had the same views. “Even if it rains the entire day, the drainage here is so good that we can have the ground clear of rainwater in no time,” said the official on condition of anonymity.
Earlier this year, India’s T20I against Australia had also suffered due to rain. Like this series, India and Australia heading into the decider were tied at 1-1 only with the Hyderabad game getting washed out without a ball being bowled due to a wet outfield.
In the ongoing series, Team India won the first T20I in Delhi while New Zealand fought back in Rajkot to level the series. So, now all eyes will be now on Trivandrum.