India, Australia cricket teams arrive in Kolkata

Doug Mendoza
September 20, 2017

Former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones was trolled for his remarks post India's win in the first one-day worldwide (ODI) against Australia in Chennai. "The wicket will help both batsmen and bowlers".

Kolkata is receiving frequent showers and Kolkata Met director Ganesh Das has blamed it on circulation over South Bengal. "The low pressure will pass by tomorrow (Wednesday), but there are chances that it could rain Thursday", he added.

On Sunday, India rode on Hardik Pandya's all-round brilliance to thrash Australia in a rain-truncated opener of the five-match ODI series at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

"If it pours, the way it did today (Monday), and we have to keep the pitch under covers, the ball will come onto the bat slow."

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India were slated to train in the evening session but seeing the ground reality they were quick to cancel the session.

There was a spell on Monday that resulted in the pitch being under covers in the afternoon and another on Tuesday morning, forcing the groundstaff to cover the entire outfield.

At the time, the ground authorities had failed to clear the puddles caused by a 30-minute downpour that occurred five hours before the scheduled start. He is working hard in order to get the ground ready for the game on Thursday. "There are still more than three days to go and we expect around 12,000 to 17,000 tickets to be sold if the weather holds on", a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official said about ticket sales. We are well-equipped, we are keeping our fingers crossed. "The good thing is we still have two days", East Zone curator Ashish Bhowmick told this agency.

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