In a desperate bid to get the outfield ready ahead of the third and final T20 International at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Friday (October 13), Hyderabad Cricket Association has adapted a unique method to get the ground ready.
Cricket.com.au journalist Martin Smith, on Thursday (October 12), tweeted that the outfield is ‘spongy’ following the persistent rain in the city.
— Martin Smith (@martinsmith9994) October 12, 2017
And in order to dry up the outfield, the ground officials are taking help of pedestal fans. Three pedestal fans were seen leaning by plastic chairs, aimed at a wet patch on the ground.
Meanwhile, the city has been lashed with rain this week and the meteorological department has not ruled out a possibility of thunderstorm on the match day.
There is a prediction that rain will be around 37 per cent during the match time.
Well, rain will definitely be the last thing the fans as well as the players will be hoping in Hyderabad on Friday. Australia’s crushing win in the second T20I at Guwahati has set the stage for a perfect end to the three-match series.
The visitors lost the series-opener by 9 wickets (DLS method) but squared the series in style, comprehensively beating the high-flying hosts by 8 wickets in Guwahati. Batting first, India were rocked by Jason Behrendorff‘s 4-wicket haul and were all out for a paltry 118. In reply, Australia were off to a poor start, losing both their openers cheaply but an unbeaten 109-run stand between Moises Henriques and Travis Head took them comfortably in the end.