Melbourne: The first game between bitter rivals India and Pakistan will be played this weekend at Melbourne Cricket Ground, but according to Accuweather, Melbourne, Australia, will see damp weather starting on October 21. If news reports are to be believed, rain may ruin the extravaganza.
Accuweather predicts that Melbourne may experience light drizzle on Thursday night. But over the following three days, rain is anticipated to be experienced.
There is a 96% likelihood that it will rain on October 21 (Friday), and the same conditions may persist on October 22 (Saturday), but the sun may shine in spots. However, the city is anticipated to see significant rain with 60% of precipitation on the match day, which is Sunday, October 23.
There is a “very high (90 percent) chance of showers” and possibly thunderstorms, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
It is therefore quite likely that the game will be called off, but if it doesn’t rain badly and the game goes on, there will be 100% cloud cover, which might enable the seamers to make use of the Melbourne track’s swing and seam.
While the India-Pakistan match might be postponed while fans wait for the rain to stop, there are also dark clouds hanging over the Australia-New Zealand game. On Saturday, October 22, at Sydney Cricket Ground, the Super 12 opening will include the T20 World Cup finalists from the previous year.
However, Sydney has had nonstop rain. With 85% probability of precipitation and a strong thunderstorm in Sydney on October 22 in the forecast, rain is expected to fall through next Tuesday (October 25). Therefore, it appears that the prospects of the two teams playing each other on Saturday are quite slim.
Speaking of other games, the weather may also cancel the ones in Hobart on Friday and Sunday. On the other hand, the weather is expected to be largely favourable for England’s opening match against Afghanistan in Perth on Saturday.