IND v AUS: Rain forces India to cancel practice

Australia, however, had the luxury of afternoon training in Ranchi and went through its paces without being hampered by rain.

Groundsmen cover the pitch as dark clouds are seen over the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Thursday.   -  PTI

Heavy downpour forced India to cancel its first practice session ahead of the first Twenty20 match against Australia here on Saturday.

Having arrived in batches, Virat Kohli & Co. were to train at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here this evening but showers for about 45 minutes forced them to stay put in the team hotel.

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Australia, however, had the luxury of afternoon training and went through its paces without being hampered by rain. A local JSCA official, however, assured there was no threat of a washout for the match on October 7.

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“Such passing showers are normal this time. But the good thing is rain comes and goes and is not prolonged this time of the year. We have adequate measures to prepare the ground for the match,” the official said.

Following its 4-1 win in the ODI series, Kohli’s team will be eyeing to put up yet another dominating show.