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Ind vs SL T20I: Weather won’t play spoilsport in Guwahati: Sources

Although mercury levels will remain low throughout the day, rain is expected to stop during the latter part, say regional meteorological department officials

Abdul Wadood

Guwahati: With Guwahati waking up to a drizzly morning amid a drop in mercury levels, cricket enthusiasts of the city seemed to have developed some serious concerns ahead of the first T-20I match between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday evening.

However, don't worry, the weather won't play spoilsport, say sources. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati, although the mercury levels will remain low throughout the day, the rain is expected to stop during the later part of the day as the rain clouds are just a passing patch of cloud. The news will surely give cricket enthusiasts of the city a much-needed sigh of relief.

The weather has been playing hide and seek for the past three days. It is to be noted that the Sri Lankan team had to cancel their training session due to rain on Friday afternoon.

Fans are really excited and hopeful to witness a great start to the year by the Indian cricket team after achieving some great success in 2019.

However, as mentioned by the Meteorological department, weather conditions will remain overcast leading on to the match. This means that the quicker bowlers will look for some purchase off the pitch as well as some movement off the air early on into the match.

It might be an important toss to win as the conditions during the match will be favourable for the faster bowlers as the pitch will have some moisture allowing some movement off the seam as well some healthy swing movement in the air. This will make the captain to want to exploit these conditions as much as they can. Also, a slight amount of dew is expected to set in during the later part of the match which will make batting easier as the outfield becomes exceptionally quick once the dew sets in and making life particularly difficult for the spin bowlers to bowl with the wet ball, say cricket experts.

Overall, Guwahati is all set to experience a great game of cricket with both batsmen and bowlers to get some kind of help from the surface as well as the weather.

Speaking with EastMojo, a top Assam Cricket Association (ACA) official mentioned that the fans need not worry about the weather conditions as the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium is equipped with state-of-the-art drainage facilities and a team of skilled workers who can make the game happen within 30 minutes time if there is any kind of delay or interruptions due to rain.