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Heavy rains lash Kochi, ODI under cloud

cricket Updated: Oct 16, 2010 23:49 IST
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Heavy rain in Kochi since Thursday has raised concerns about the fate of the first one-dayer between India and Australia here on October 17.

The practice sessions of both the teams were cancelled due to the rains, the Kerala Cricket Association said.

The Australian team was to practise this morning and the Indian team in the afternoon, but due to the rains both the practice sessions were called off, the association said.

"The ground condition is very bad. There is lot of water on the ground," an official said. "However, if the rains clear by Saturday afternoon and there is sunshine, we will try our best to clear the water," he said.

Though the ground has been covered with the plastic covers, water has seeped through

them. According to the Met department, Saturday will be cloudy with showers expected. The clouds are likely to clear by Sunday.

India to protect No. 2 ranking

New Delhi: India would want to beat Australia in the three-match ODI series for more than obvious reasons. While a series win will strengthen India's hold on the No. 2 spot in the ICC ODI Championship, a loss will send them hurtling to the fourth spot.

As of now, India, South Africa and Sri Lanka are locked on 115 ratings point behind Australia, who are entrenched at the top with 132 ratings points. India are, however, placed second ahead of South Africa and Sri Lanka by a fraction. Alongside the India-Australia contest, South Africa will take on Zimbabwe in a three-match series.

Besides team rankings, these two series will also see MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers fight for the top spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. De Villiers claimed the top spot from Dhoni on August 29. The lead he enjoys is slender and the India captain has a good chance of regaining the top spot. Australia's Mike Hussey, who is third, could also take a shot at the top slot.