India’s second ODI encounter with Australia in Visakhapatnam© AFP
Rains may play a role in the second ODI between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam. The second ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA cricket stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. But the weather could disrupt sport and disrupt the gathering of millions of cricket fans who will be watching the game live from stadiums or via electronic media. Earlier, the weather forecast indicated that Visakhapatnam could see rain on Saturday and Sunday, with multiple rains reported on Saturday night. SR Gopinath Reddy, secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Cricket Association, said on Saturday that the stadium’s super-absorbent and underground drainage systems were well placed.
“The superabsorbers and underground drainage in the stadium are well laid out. We also cover the entire outfield, not just the pitch. The field is well drained. If it only rains for a few hours, then the ground will be dry. The game can start after it dries. But if it rains for a long time, it will affect the game. After the rain stops, we can prepare the field within an hour,” Reddy told ANI.
India currently leads the three ODI series 1-0.
In the first match, spells by Mohammed Shami (3/17), Mohammed Siraj (3/29) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/46) helped India beat Australia by 35.4 runs to 188. Only Mitchell Marsh (81 for 65) was able to contribute significantly with the bat.
In the chase for 189, Mitchell Starc’s (3/49) opening spell cut India’s odds to 39/4, with Marcus Stoinis also Two scalps were taken, but 108 runs between KL Rahul (75*) and Ravindra Jadeja (45*) helped India to a five-wicket victory with over 10 overs.
Jadeja was named “Man of the Match” for his all-around performance.
The third ODI will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 22.
Earlier, India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia after winning 2-1 in the red-ball stage of the series. With this victory, they have qualified for the ICC World Test Championship and will face Australia at the London Oval from 7 June.
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