The last two Diwali celebrations were relatively subdued thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Diwali 2022 has arrived with a promise to lighten our lives, and what better way to celebrate Diwali eve than watching India vs Pakistan cricket match? As the likes of Kohli, Rohit, and Rahul prepare to fire crackling sixers across the ground this T20 World Cup, Diwali promises to be an extravagant affair.
Unfortunately, there is a hurdle, as the rains are hellbent on playing spoilsport across the southeastern coast of Australia. As the country endures a third straight La Niña event — that brings above-normal rainfall — this year, large parts of the country’s southeastern states are under flood evacuation alerts this weekend.
While there’re fears that the much-awaited clash between India and Pakistan may get doused by heavy downpours and thunderstorms, the good news is that the probability of rainfall is lower during the match hours. The match is scheduled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for Sunday, starting at 7 pm local time and 1:30 pm IST.
According to the local Bureau of Meteorology, there is an 80 per cent chance of 1 to 5 mm precipitation. “High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the evening,” the Bureau of Meteorology stated, adding that thunderstorms are also on the cards.
However, the chances of precipitation occurring during match time are around 50 per cent. And given the impressive drainage and ground staff at MCG, the chances of a match (at least a truncated one) happening appear very high.
As far as the hourly forecast is concerned, The Weather Channel’s met team has indicated that during the first two hours of the match, the MCG area may witness a few showers (probability
The wind speed will be slightly higher at around 21 km/h during the match hours. The temperatures will likely hover around 15-18°C, providing an ideal playing condition for players if the rains allow. Moreover, higher humidity levels may result in a significant due factor, especially during the latter part of the match.
While the semifinals and finals always have a reserve day, group games follow the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in case of rain delays. In this case, the target scores achieved in limited overs are calculated to declare the outcome of the match. However, a minimum of five overs per side are required to constitute a match.
In case the rains do wash out the match, ICC may have to shell out a figure close to $7 million in refunds. But there may not be much compensation for the disappointed fans across the Indian subcontinent.
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