World T20: Rain at Aus-NZ match in Dharamsala could benefit India

  • Ashutosh Sharma, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2016 00:48 IST
If it rains at Dharamsala, forcing Australia and New Zealand to split points, it will be advantage India. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

All across India, teams are struggling with the dew. Towels are out as teams bowling second are trying to keep the ball dry. On Tuesday night at Mumbai, England bowlers struggled as Chris Gayle launched balls into orbit at will.

At Dharamsala, however, rains have been an added headache as was evident during the qualifiers. As the venue gets ready for the main round match between Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand, rains have begun to threaten again.

Both the teams are already prepared for a shortened game. “I think this wicket looks quite dry. There is a bit of rain expected for the next day or two, so we’ll wait until tomorrow to see how it’s going to play. We haven’t picked the team yet,” Steve Smith said.

Washout to favour India

If it rains, forcing Australia and New Zealand to split points, it will be advantage India. Having lost to the Kiwis, India’s chances rely on the misfortune of others. Although it’s too early to work out the possibilities, and the hosts have a big game coming up against Pakistan on March 19, India need to win all their matches in order to advance.

Big hitters in focus

Both teams boast of an array of impact players who are capable of turning a game on its head in the case of a truncated game.

“Glenn Maxwell is a huge player no matter what the conditions are. His array of shots is incredible. He hits the ball all around the ground. He is a bowling option as well. He’s got a lot of experience in subcontinent conditions and if he comes off in one of these games, he’s going to win it for the team,” Shane Watson said.

Despite defeating India in the opener, Kiwis are also likely to change the winning combination. New Zealand didn’t have a look at the wicket which was under covers because of the rains and had to be content with indoor practice only.

“We will have to see what the conditions are like. The boundaries are small here and even a mishit can go for six. Rains are likely to play a part. In that case, we will not play three spinners and have power-hitters come in,” Ross Taylor said.

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