Rain delays start of Mohali Test match

Mohali: Rainfall accompanied by strong winds, after fresh snowfall occurred in parts of Himachal Pradesh, delayed the start of the third Test match between Australia and India at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium on Thursday morning.

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The rain, which started late Wednesday night, continued in the morning, and the ground staff of the stadium covered the pitch and the main square. The match (March 14-18) was to begin at 9.30 am.

The toss for the match was also delayed.

The skies were overcast with thick clouds.

Met officials here said intermittent showers could continue throughout on Thursday.

Both teams had been practicing here till Wednesday with bright and sunny conditions prevailing over the region.

The squads:

India (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Australia (from): Michael Clarke (capt), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Moises Henriques, Xavier Doherty, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin.