The T20 World Cup in Australia is growing enthralling by the day. With just numbered games left till the playoffs, almost 10 teams are still in contention to qualify for the next stage. The stakes and scenarios are wild though. However, this World Cup has been marred by rain making a regular and incessant appearance. The consistent rain at Australian venues has impacted 5 matches up until yet, with four of them eventually getting no conclusion.
And now, oncoming India vs Bangladesh clash is predicted to be impacted by rain in Adelaide. This is India’s penultimate game before the playoffs and holds significance for both teams. However, with a current forecast of 60% chance of rain, the crucial match stands jeopardized. Hopefully, the match is expected to bear a decisive result even if not played to the full extent.
Rain in Adelaide to affect India Vs Bangladesh Clash?
If rain washes away this match as it did with Australia vs England clash, the consequences will be heavily felt. The match if left abandoned will leave both teams with shared points. And that, in turn, will leave the group wide open. Currently, India and Bangladesh have the same point occupying the 2nd and 3rd position in the table respectively. The run rate however differs significantly. But if this match goes haywire, India’s chances for qualification will be jeopardized.
And India will have to depend on their last clash against Zimbabwe to ensure a spot in the playoffs. For a match scheduled at the heavily rain-affected MCG, it’s certainly not an ideal situation. The chances of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and even Pakistan’s qualification are still alive. And the rain washing out India’s game with Bangladesh will cause a Net Run Rate clash between the two. Moreover, it’ll give both Bangladesh and Pakistan an edge in qualification. Though Pakistan will have to beat South Africa by a big margin for that and then compete with the remaining teams’ NRR.
Meanwhile, the ongoing rain in Adelaide caused team India to practice indoors. India is expected to go for Rishabh Pant in place of Dinesh Karthik in the next clash. Karthik has suffered a minor back injury. Moreover, Bangladesh’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan has termed the possibility of Bangladesh defeating India as an upset. Shakib has his priorities set and they’re not winning the tournament as opposed to India’s aim in the T20 World Cup.