India’s Axar Patel celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Australian captain Aaron Finch during the first T20 cricket match between India and Australia in Mohali on Tuesday, September 20.

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Friday, September 23: After an almost two-year-long break, the Maharashtrian city of Nagpur is once again set for international cricket, and what better game to host than an electrifying T20 clash between India and Australia! However, the buzz and excitement have been accompanied by worry and anxiety due to the weather, with fears of rain calling off the match on most people’s minds.

The Regional Met Centre of Nagpur has already predicted thunderstorms and lightning at isolated locations across the Vidarbha subdivision on Friday and Saturday, September 23-24. Nagpur, in particular, is likely to experience generally cloudy skies with a few spells of rains and thundershowers for the next 24 hours.

In fact, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued a minor-level yellow watch over Nagpur and its surrounding districts, thereby urging people to ‘be aware’ of the thunderstorm situation.

As far as the hourly forecast is concerned, The Weather Channel has indicated that there’s a 40% probability of light rainfall and scattered thunderstorms between 4:30 and 6:30 pm in Jamtha, Nagpur — the area that houses the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.

Thereafter, the rainfall probability will hover between 7-14% for the subsequent six hours — a positive sign, considering the sold-out T20 clash between the two cricketing juggernauts is set to begin at 7 pm.

Through the course of the game, the temperature will remain close to 25°C, while the humidity levels may reach as high as 89-91%.

Such humid and overcast conditions usually favour the bowling lineups. Fast bowlers particularly thrive on these moisture-laden pitches, making today’s match the perfect occasion for a Jasprit Bumrah comeback.

Don’t be surprised if the game ends up being a comparatively low scoring one — provided it goes ahead as planned in the first place.


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