Looking for 1-0 lead, teams fear washout

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Kochi, Oct 1 (UNI) Amidst the fear of rain playing spoilsport again after the abandonment of the first ODI in Bangalore on September 29, India and Australia go into the second match in the seven-match Future Cup series hoping for uninterrupted play and a 1-0 lead to gain psychological advantage, at the Nehru stadium here tomorrow.

Not just the host Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) and curator P V Ramachandran, who had been fighting against the weather since the four-month-long rains at last stopped five days ago, but also India pacer S Sreesanth, longing to play before his homeground, was keeping his fingers crossed.

The match, undoubtedly, was at the mercy of the Rain God.

However, the forecast was only showers at a few places.

Mr Ramachandran and curator Parthasarathy from M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai have prepared what they described as a hard wicket and fought bravely to keep the ground conditions to the satisfaction of the BCCI, whose pitches committee member Tapos Chatterjee expressed dissatisfaction at the pitch after his first inspection.

''If there are just showers and a let up, we are fully prepared to make the ground fit for play, but if it rains for two or three hours heavily then we cannot do anything,'' the curators said.

The response to the match was commendable, with tickets for the galleries only remaining to be sold, according to KCA officials.

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