World Cup 2019, Manchester weather updates: Rain stays at bay as India beats Pakistan

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2019, Manchester weather updates: As arch-rivals India and Pakistan meet at Old Trafford, we bring you the latest rain updates.

So, after all the anxiety surrounding the weather in the lead up to the marquee match, rains did stay away long enough for India to register a convincing win. That would be all from our side.

This is Ayan Acharya signing off. Night!

UPDATE: Play has stopped due to rain. The covers are back on. Here's the DLS scenario in case the match doesn't resume.

 

UPDATE: Overcast skies over Old Trafford as teams take a mid-innings break. After a sporadic drizzle, play has finally resumed.

UPDATE: It's gotten brighter and the drizzle has died down significantly. Covers are being taken off.

UPDATE: It's drizzling in Manchester, folks. It's heavy enough and the players are going off.

For those of you wondering what's up with the weather: It's bright and sunny! (Yeah you read that right) and there are a few blue clouds. So far, so good.

Great news coming in from the centre. We will have toss at 2:30 pm. So, no weather delays for now.

Our reporter Shayan Acharya sends this from ground zero.

 

 

More good news: No rains yet, gloomy with the sun occasionally peeping out.

Shayan Acharya pings from Manchester: "It's cloudy at the moment. Not raining."

 

Here's some good news to start your day: The weather will turn warmer and brighter with the return of some sunshine, very welcome after what has been a dull and wet week.  There’ll be some sunny spells on Sunday and it’ll feel warm in the sunshine, with temperatures rising to around 17 or 18 Celsius.  A few showers are likely to develop at times though and some of these could be heavy with thunder possible.

For Live Updates from the India-Pakistan match, follow our live blog here| India vs Pakistan Live Score

 

Meanwhile, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has said ECB’s lack of preparation for rain is “totally unacceptable”| Gavaskar slams ECB for lack of preparation for rain

 

Credit: Accuweather

 

India's match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday was the fourth match of World Cup 2019 to be abandoned so far, and the third to be called off without a ball being bowled.

This has already surpassed the previous highest number of washed-out matches in a World Cup - two in 1992 and 2003. Will we have another one today? Let's hope not!

 

 

While we await more updates here's a quick lowdown on the Old Trafford Pitch: It's been largely known to favour teams batting second with only 18 out of 45 ODIs ending in the favour of teams batting first. In the last five List A games, the average score was 260.

EARLY MORNING WEATHER

It's mostly cloudy in Manchester at the moment with the temperature hovering around 8 degrees celsius. Light showers are possible around 10 am (2:30 PM IST).

Following incessant showers, halogen lamps were used to dry the Old Trafford outfield on the eve of the India vs Pakistan World Cup 2019 match on June 16| Halogen lamps dry up Old Trafford outfield on match eve

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Well, well: there's hope of sunshine. Here's how the skies looked at 8 P.M. in the evening yesterday.

 

After a brief sunny spell through Saturday morning, Manchester experienced heavy showers in the afternoon. However, this was on expected lines. A British Met department official had told Sportstar earlier in the day that rains were to be expected  in the western parts of the UK including Manchester. The official said the skies were expected to be clear up by evening.

"It rained in Manchester late on Friday night, an insistent shower drenching commuters and cascading down ancient homes and dilapidated factories. The forecast for D-Day is: 'light rain showers and a moderate breeze'", writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar from Manchester.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE updates and hourly weather predictions from Manchester, where India and Pakistan will lock horns in a Cricket World Cup 2019 match at Old Trafford.