Rain threat to Afghanistan’s Test debut

On the second and third days of the game — Friday and Saturday — the chances of rain, it is believed, is higher.

If the forecasts by the Meterological Centre in Bengaluru are to be believed then the city has chances of ‘one or two spells of rain or even thundershower’ in the match days.   -  THE HINDU ARCHIVES

 

Rain threat looms over Bengaluru as Afghanistan gears up for its Test debut against India at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium from Thursday.

If the forecasts by the Meterological Centre in Bengaluru are to be believed then the city has chances of ‘one or two spells of rain or even thundershower’ in the match days.

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On the second and third days of the game — Friday and Saturday — the chances of rain, it is believed, is higher.

But then, with the installation of the SubAir subsurface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage system, the Chinnaswamy Stadium, too, is well-equipped to host the historic Test. The technology helps preventing water logging in the outfield during rain and allows for quick resumption of the match as the system is capable of draining water 36 times faster than normal standards.

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On Sunday, the Afghanistan players arrived at the National Cricket Academy to practice from 2pm, but the session had to be curtailed an hour and a half later, following heavy rain. As the batsmen — Ashgar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shazad, Mohammad Nabi and Rahmat Shah — batted at the nets, the spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran too bowled a few overs.

With continuing rains posing a challenge for the groundsmen, it would be interesting to see how the wicket behaves. With Afghanistan stacking its side with four spinners, the visiting team could pose a threat to a star-studded Indian batting line-up. And days before the Test, the mind game has begun with Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai claiming that his team has better spinners than India.

The stage looks set, eyes on the sky now.