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India’s second match against Australia is under threat

Aalyan Ali

Rain interrupted the series opener between India and Australia in Chepauk at the M Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday, and it might well have a role to play in the 2nd ODI.

The weatherman has not ruled out any possibility of irregular showers, mainly in evening hours on Thursday in Kolkata, where the 2nd ODI of the series will be played.

Moreover, with a constant rain threat, the Eden Gardens was under the covers ahead of the 2nd ODI.

It was India who took a 1-0 lead in the 5-game series after winning a rain-affected opener by 26 runs on Sunday.

Kolkata has had regular showers and Kolkata MET director, Ganesh Das has placed the blame on the circulation over South Bengal.

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“By 21 September, the circulation will be gone but in this month rain is a possibility especially in the evening. It may not however continue for too long,” Das spoke to PTI.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) was seen not taking a lot of risks, after hosting the world champions for the first time since 18th November, 2003.

Sourav Ganguly, former India captain and president of CAB, was seen at the ground inspecting the conditions at Eden Gardens and passing out instructions to the groundsmen.

“The pitch and ground conditions is just perfect. It’s an ideal condition what’s required for an One-Day International contest but I cannot say whether it will rain or not,” the pitch curator of CAB, Sujan Mukherjee spoke.

Even though he did not predict the score, he insisted that it will be a competitive wicket.

“Who would thought India to score 281/7 from being five down for 87 in the 22nd over. I cannot say they will make how many runs but the wicket will help both batsmen and bowlers,” he said.

When questioned about the possibility of rain on Thursday, Mukherjee spoke: “We are equipped to cover the entire ground and there is enough machinery to clear up even if it rains but it depends on the intensity and duration.

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