Hyderabad: The cricket fans and the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials are keeping their fingers crossed for the crucial third and final T20 international between India and Australia to be held on Friday night.
The extended monsoon this year is threatening of a rain that could dampen the spirits of fans who would throng in huge numbers in the sell-out 39,000-capacity Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.
There is a forecast of thundershowers for late in the evening on Friday. So there could be a possibility of a rain for the 7 pm start match. Though the HCA officials are praying for an uninterrupted match, the groundsmen and the curator are nervous and bit apprehensive of the weather.
Nevertheless, over 120 groundsmen, led by curator YL Chandrasekhar, will be on high alert of any showers that may stop the match.
The preparations for the match have been hampered because of the inclement weather as rains, particularly in the evening, have been pounding the city.
The lush-green ground has been fully covered with adequate covers and Chandrasekhar said they have ensured that there is no water seepage into the playing area.
However, there was good news as there was bright sunshine on Thursday with both India and Australia teams having a solid practice session at the stadium.
The weather will be the X-factor in Friday’s match. If it rains, the groundsmen will have a tough time.
The calculators will be out if it rains before or during the match. For instance in Ranchi, the 20 over match was reduced to five-over game with India romping home by nine wickets.
However, in the second T20 match in Guwahati, there was a rain threat but in the end the match was started on scheduled time and Australians leveled the series with a convincing eight-wicket win.
This match has generated a lot of excitement and the fans, if there is no weather interruption, could be in for an exciting contest. All roads will lead to Uppal Stadium on Friday.
Will rain gods listen to the prayers of the fans or play a spoil sport?
Come Friday, all eyes will be on the sky. If there is an abandoned match, India and Australia will share the trophy.