Rain threat looms over series decider

With the Twenty20 International series between India and New Zealand locked at 1-1 and the fans in Thiruvananthapuram are eagerly waiting for the third and final match of the series on Tuesday (November 7). However, rain threat looms large over the contest and is likely to interrupt the game.

While there have been couple of stray showers in the city, the northeast monsoon poses a significant threat. The meteorological department are expecting windy conditions with a few spells of showers and thunderstorms. The newly built Greenfield International Stadium is set the host its first international game and the authorities seemed confident that there will be a full game.

“The drainage facilities at the Sports Hub are very good. We have three super-soppers ready. The entire ground can be covered if necessary. Even if it rains during the match, it can be re-started within 15 minutes once the rain stops,” Jayesh George, the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) secretary, said.

India won the first T20I by 53 runs in New Delhi but New Zealand bounced back to level the series 1-1 in Rajkot with a 40-run victory after a century from Colin Munro. The fans will hope the series doesn’t meet the same fate as the Australia T20I series. After India won in Ranchi and Australia won in Guwahati watch full cricket highlights, the third and final game of the series was called off without a ball being bowled in Hyderabad due to wet outfield.