India vs New Zealand: Fans throng Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram ahead of third T20I
The possibility of the third T20I between India and New Zealand actually happening has now come under a question mark due to incessant rains that have been lashing the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Rains have been reportedly forecasted on the day of the match and there have been concerns over whether the ground can withstand the heavy showers. Despite the threat of rains, fans have been thronging the stadium hours before the match is scheduled to start. It is the first international cricket match to be held in Thiruvananthapuram in 29 years. In October, the final T20I between India and Australia had to be cancelled because of the ground in Hyderabad being rendered unplayable. Green Field stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, the venue for the match between India and New Zealand, is said to have a better drainage system than Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad. India would be particularly disappointed if the match does get washed out as it will be the second time that a T20 series had to be ended on level terms due to rains. The hosts had won the first match of the series New Delhi comfortably. It was the first time India had won a T20I against New Zealand and that loss effectively cost New Zealand the top spot in the T20I rankings. But the Blackcaps bounced back in the second match beating India by 40 runs.