The rain continues to haunt Team India in the ongoing World Cup. It has already costed the Men in Blue one point and is still playing spoilsport for them. Last week, India’s game against New Zealand was washed out. Rain had interfered in the game against Pakistan too but fortunately the match happened and India won it by 89 runs (DLS method).
What is worrying for India is that wherever they are going, rain is following them. After playing spoilsport in Nottingham and nearly ruining the game against Pakistan, rain has now followed Team India to Southampton. The rain has already cancelled several practice sessions.
According to The Times of India, India’s net sessions were again hit by rain on Wednesday and on Thursday too. While the weather forecast was promising, rain made its presence felt and interrupted India’s sessions. It was densely cloudy when they left the stadium after practice and soon, it began to drizzle even as the Afghanistan squad started warming up.
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The ground staff promptly covered the pitch and the square. It continued to rain till late in the evening. Given the facilities available in ground for the World Cup, wet outfield could be a bad news for Team India. They will next play Afghanistan in their fifth league match in Southampton on Saturday. The Indian team has decided not to have any practice on Friday.
The forecast for Friday and Saturday rules out any major interruptions and a full game should happen. However, given the unpredictability of English weather, one cannot believe the weather forecasts completely.
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India, meanwhile, will be looking to continue their winning start to the World Cup against Afghanistan. The two-time winners have won three of their first four games while one was washed out. India are definitely the favourites for the game against Afghanistan. The game will also be an opportunity for them to improve their net run-rate further.