Indian team’s practice session called off due to rain

India will now have only one day to train ahead of Sunday’s big-ticket World Cup showdown with Australia.

India will face Australia at the Oval on Sunday, but its preparations were hindered by rain on Friday.   -  AP

The two-time World Cup winner faces a formidable opponent in defending champion Australia, which is on a 10-match winning streak, which began in India where it overcame a 0-2 deficit to win the five-match series 3-2.

The Indian team woke up to a wet Friday at London. The rain, largely a persistent drizzle, continued unabated well into the afternoon before the sun peeped out at 2.30 p.m.

The inclement weather threw a spanner into the squad’s plans to train at the Oval and consequently the scheduled practice session in the morning was cancelled.

India will take on Australia here on Sunday but rains have been forecast for the weekend.

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India travelled to London from Southampton on Thursday, a day after beating South Africa by six wickets in its tournament opener.

Rain had also forced India to cancel its optional practice on the eve of the game against South Africa at the Hampshire Bowl.

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