Brisbane weather forecast for Australia vs India 4th Test, Day 5: More than 50 per cent chances of rain

AUS vs IND, 4th Test, Day 5, Jan 19 Brisbane weather forecast: It is being feared that the rain gods may play a major role in deciding in whose favour the balance could tilt in the series-decider.

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Groundsmen cover the Gabba pitch during a brief spell of showers on Monday.   -  Getty Images

The Brisbane weather was the topic of discussion even before the first ball was bowled in the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Gabba on January 15.

While rain was predicted on days two, four and five, India batting coach Vikram Rathour, while addressing the media ahead of the match, had said, "As far as we are concerned, we are looking for a full game."

The third session of day two was washed out after a downpour, prompting an early start [30 minutes] on days three and four.

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A steady, but not heavy, spell forced an early Tea on Monday. Though play resumed, there was an interruption again immediately after the start of the fourth innings. With the downpour heavy this time, the umpires called it a day.

As the fascinating battle enters its climax on Tuesday, there is a likelihood of rain. However, the excellent drainage system at Gabba could prove a saviour for Paine's men who are seeking revenge for the loss at home in 2018-19. 

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According to The Weather Channel, Tuesday could witness, "Scattered thunderstorms. High 30°C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15km/h. Chance of rain 50%." The sunset is expected at 18:46.

The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology's weather forecast, however, presents a more worrying picture. It says there is an 80 per cent possibility of showers, with "chances of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening". The possible rainfall is expected to be between 8mm and 10mm with light winds.

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BBC Weather says there are going to be "thundery showers and light winds" on day five, with a prediction of precipitation almost throughout the day.

"Humid with times of clouds and sun; a thunderstorm in the afternoon," reads AccuWeather.

India only needs a draw to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, while nothing less than a win on Tuesday will suffice for the host. The four-match Test series is level on 1-1, with the result of the Gabba Test also likely to impact the standings of both India and Australia on the ICC World Test Championship points table.

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