India’s practice session had to be cancelled for a second consecutive day due to rains in Kolkata. However, according to PTI, the showers subsided soon after India left the team hotel and thus raised hopes for the second ODI that is to be played at the Eden Gardens. Australia also were forced to cancel their training session.
India meanwhile, went and played a game of footvolley, as was evident from a BCCI tweet. Just after India left for team hotel, sun shone over the iconic stadium as Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly was seen inspecting the pitch and ground. “It looks good,” said Ganguly.
The local meteorological department also gave a positive weather forecast for the match.
“There is no more affect of low pressure. There are some chances of rain tomorrow but the weather will clear up towards the afternoon and there will be sunshine,” IMD director Ganesh Das is quoted as saying by PTI.
— BCCI (@BCCI) 20 September 2017
A similar pattern was observed today as there was a brief spell of rain in the morning, forcing the Australians to train indoors for the second successive day, while it remained hazy in the afternoon when Virat Kohli and Co checked in, and towards the evening the sun was out in full glow.
When it was raining, India made use of the dressing room lawn to play some football.
Earlier, Kohli along with chief coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun took a close look a the pitch, which had a bit of grass and some visible bowling marks as BCCI allowing a Bengal pre-season practice match exactly a week ago.
India lead the five-match ODI series 1-0 after a 26-run win over Australia in a rain-curtailed match in Chennai.