India vs Australia: Rain likely to play Spoilsport in second ODI in Visakhapatnam

India take on Australia in the second ODI tie in Visakhapatnam©AFP

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh):

Rain is likely to play a role in the second ODI between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam. The second ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. But the weather could spoil the party and ruin the celebration of millions of cricket fans who will watch this match live from the stadium or via electronic media. Earlier, a weather forecast had suggested the likelihood of rain on Saturday and Sunday in Visakhapatnam, where rain was reported several times on Saturday evening. Andhra Cricket Association Secretary SR Gopinath Reddy said on Saturday that there was a good arrangement of super soppers and an underground drainage system in the stadium.

“There is a good arrangement of super soppers and an underground drainage system in the stadium. We also cover the whole outfield, not just the pitch. The drainage system in this pitch is good. If it’s not raining only for a few hours, then the game can start after the ground is dry. But if it rains for a long time, it will affect the game. After the rain stops, we can prepare the pitch in an hour,” Reddy said. at ANI.

India currently leads the ODI three-game series by 1-0.

In the opener, spells from Mohammed Shami (3/17), Mohammed Siraj (3/29) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/46) helped India eliminate Australia for 188 in just 35.4 overs. Only Mitchell Marsh (81 of 65) was able to make a big contribution with the bat.

In pursuit of 189, Mitchell Starc’s (3/49) opening spell cut India to 39/4 and Marcus Stoinis also took two scalps but a 108-point stand between KL Rahul (75*) and Ravindra Jadeja (45*) helped India seal a five-wicket victory with over 10 overs to spare.

Jadeja was named “Man of the Match” for his overall performance.

The third ODI will take place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 22.

Earlier, India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia after sealing a 2-1 win in the red leg of the series. With the victory, they qualified for the ICC World Test Championship and will face Australia at The Oval, London, from June 7.

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