Kolkata, March 19: While supporters of both India and Pakistan
were eagerly waiting for the high-voltage World Cup T20 clash at
the Eden Gardens, the rain gods were hinting at damp day ahead.
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The city witnessed light rain since morning on Saturday and the Met office predicted thunderstorm in the evening. The news has left the fans worried. [India have never lost to Pak in WC; Pak have never lost to India in limited-overs at Eden]
What if the match is washed out?
In case the match is abandoned because of rain, the points will be split between both teams. India, who lost their first match against New Zealand, will hope for a full match as the loss of a point could place them at a disadvantage. Pakistan, with two points in their kitty, will be less affected by a washo-out.
Efforts on to keep the pitch dry
Eden officials put to use modern equipment to keep the ground and the wicket dry. Sambaran Banerjee, a former Bengal cricketer, told a local news channel that moisture in the wicket could help the Pakistani pacers extract swing during the match. The new cover brought from England should keep the wicket dry, he said.