India and England play the fourth ODI in Mohali today, but the focus is on Dharamsala, the venue for the final match, with doubts being raised whether the hill station would be able to host the match due to extreme cold.
A few days back, the town, nestled in the foothills of the Himala-yas, received fresh snowfall and there is concern whether the gro-und, overlooking the snow-capp-ed Dhauladhar ranges, would be affected by weather, with the minimum temperature dipping to sub-zero levels. However, the state association officials are confident the match will go ahead. “We are set for the match. Only last-minute preparations are left and we are confident there will be no interruptions,” said HPCA secretary, Vishal Marwaha.
Marwaha said the hill station had been getting a fair bit of sunshine, and that should better the conditions for cricket. Unlike other matches in this series, which started at noon, the Dharamsala game will start at 9am, to help the players escape the late evening cold.
“We have day temperatures hovering around 18 to 20 degrees Celsius, which are ideal for playing the game. We have consciously opted for a day match as it can get chilly in the evening. But if the weather forecast holds true, I don’t think there is any chance that the match will not happen.”
In Mohali, India did not want to leave things till the final match. “We are all aware of it,” said Virat Kohli on Tuesday. “We have to step up and put up a consistent show. It’s not certain we can have a game in Dharamsala, so this becomes all the more important.”