AUSTRALIA: On October 23, India will face Pakistan in Melbourne. However, if reports are to be believed, rain may ruin the big event.
The first game between bitter rivals India and Pakistan will be played this weekend at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), but according to sources, Melbourne, Australia, will see damp weather starting on October 21.
A wetter-than-average summer is predicted in some areas of Australia, which is now experiencing its third consecutive La Nina weather period.
As a result, rain is expected to fall in Sydney and Melbourne starting on Friday and continuing through the next week.
In such a scenario, there is a good chance that the eagerly anticipated India vs. Pakistan encounter will not feature a single ball being played.
Accuweather predicts that Melbourne may experience drizzle on Thursday night. But over the following three days, rain is anticipated.
There is a 96% likelihood that it will rain on October 21 (Friday), and the same conditions may persist on October 22 (Saturday), but the sun may shine in spots.
“There is a very high chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms,” according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Therefore, it is quite likely that the game will be called off, but if it doesn’t rain badly and the game goes on, there will be full cloud cover, which might enable the seamers to make use of the Melbourne track’s swing and seam.
While the India-Pakistan match might be postponed while fans wait for the rain to stop, there are also dark clouds hanging over the Australia-New Zealand game.
On Saturday, October 22, at Sydney Cricket Ground, the Super 12 opening will include the T20 World Cup finalists from the previous year.
It should be remembered that group matches do not have reserve days. Therefore, if the India vs. Pakistan game is postponed, the two sides won’t play. Reserve days are available for the semifinals and championship games only.