Cuttack: After disrupting proceedings in Ranchi, rain, it seems, is all set to play spoilsport in the fifth ODI at the Barabati Stadium on Saturday. Rain washed out the fourth ODI in Ranchi on Wednesday as skies opened up in the second half, forcing match officials to abandon the match four overs into the Indian innings.
Rain has the final say in Ranchi
Orissa Cricket Association media manager Anjan Khuntia, however, sounded confident, saying that while things weren’t looking too good as of Thursday, they were expecting a clear sky in the next two days.
“It has been raining on and off for the last three days and things are not looking too bright to be honest. But we are expecting a change in the weather from Friday. The drainage system isn’t an issue at the Barabati Stadium and the ground has already been covered. If there is a clear sky from Friday, it will allow the groundsmen to carry out their job of drying up the field after removing the covers. We are keeping our fingers crossed and expecting the weather to change by tomorrow so that we get a full game on Saturday,” he said.
On being asked about the weather forecast, Khuntia did confess that there are chances of thundershowers. “Yes, the met department has said that Cuttack might witness thundershowers right through the week, but we are optimistic,” he said.
Orissa has been in the news in recent times thanks to the turbulent weather.
First cyclone Phailin caused a lot of damage and now unseasonal rainfall has hit the region.
If the rain gods prevail, things will only get tighter for India as they will need to win both the sixth and seventh ODIs in Nagpur and Bangalore respectively to win the series.