India will face Australia in the second ODI meeting in Visakhapatnam©AFP
Rain is likely to play a part in the second ODI between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam. The second ODI between India and Australia will be played on Sunday at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. But the weather could be a bummer and spoil the celebration of millions of cricket fans who will be watching this match live from the stadium or via electronic media. Earlier, a weather forecast had suggested the chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday in Visakhapatnam, where rain was reported several times Saturday evening. Andhra Cricket Association secretary SR Gopinath Reddy said on Saturday that there is a good arrangement of super soppers and an underground drainage system in the stadium.
“There is a good setup of supersoppers and an underground drainage system in the stadium. We also cover the whole outfield, not just the pitch. The drainage system in this ground is good. If it only rains for a few hours, then the game can be be started after the ground dries. But if it rains for a long time, it will affect the match. After the rain stops, we can prepare the ground in an hour,” Reddy told ANI.
India currently leads the three match ODI series 1-0.
In the first match, spells from Mohammed Shami (3/17), Mohammed Siraj (3/29) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/46) helped India join Australia for 188 in just 35.4 overs. Only Mitchell Marsh (81 out of 65) could make a big contribution with the bat.
In the chase of 189, Mitchell Starc’s (3/49) opening spell reduced India to 39/4 and Marcus Stoinis also took two scalps, but a 108-run tie between KL Rahul (75*) and Ravindra Jadeja (45*) helped India seal a five wicket win with over 10 overs left.
Jadeja was named ‘Man of the Match’ for his all-round performance.
The third ODI will take place on March 22 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Earlier, India had won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia after winning 2-1 in the red-ball leg of the series. With this victory they have qualified for the ICC World Test Championship and will face Australia at The Oval, London from 7 June.
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