IND vs PAK weather update: Signs of relief from rain god at Melbourne cricket ground

Devendra Pandey, our reporter from Melbourne notes: There have been signs of relief with reports predicting it will be a cloudy evening ahead of the match between India and Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

There has been a rain scare for the past few days and many fans have been praying for the weather gods to take a Sunday off. The stadium is expected to sell out and all tickets have been sold out for the clash in the T20 World Cup marquee.

The captain speaks

India are set to face Pakistan in their first game of the T20 World Cup 2022 at a sold-out Melbourne cricket ground on Saturday. But the talk around the game in recent days has focused on the weather and how Melbourne’s climate could play spoilsport.

Over the past few days, weather forecasts had indicated that rain would most likely affect the game, with over 90% chance of precipitation in the city. India and Pakistan’s preparations ahead of this game were also hampered by rain with Pakistan’s warm-up match halfway through, while India were unable to face or throw a ball in their warm-up against New Zealand.

On the eve of the game however, a few things changed. First, weather forecasts have improved dramatically. After a period of rain in the late evening, there was no more precipitation in the morning. And second, the chance of rain has been reduced to 70% and that too is a weak spell. But this period of 2-5.5mm rain is most likely to hit the city in the late afternoon and evening when the game is due to take place.

Captain Rohit Sharma said India had faced such conditions before and had the experience to adapt to a shorter game, should rain come into the equation.

“Fortunately we played a game in India against Australia which was an eight-man game. come here very well prepared and think it will be a 40+ game,” Sharma said at the pre-match press conference.

In that shortened eight-man game against Australia, India had chased a 91 goal, with four balls to spare. This match was held in Nagpur on September 23.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam had a message among similar lines when he said the weather was not in their hands but their attempt would be to make the best of the situation.

“As players, we would like to play and play a full game. A lot of people are waiting for this match. We want it to be a 40 win game, but whatever happens we are prepared for it,” Azam said in the pre-match press conference.

Babar had a hilarious answer to a question about rain. “Are all the players chanting ‘Rain, rain go away?’ a journalist had asked Babar Azam.

“‘Hum baccho ko lori nahi suna rahe hain,” Babar said with a smile. “We have no control over the weather. But I want the game to happen. We will give our 100 per cent whatever the situation.

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