Mohali Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Will rain interrupt the match?
Mohali Weather Forecast, India (IND) vs South Africa (SA) 2nd T20I: (AP Photo)
India's home season was scheduled to begin in Dharamsala but persistent rain in the city did not allow even coin toss at HPCA, thus reducing the 3-match T20Is series to a 2-T20I affair, the first of which will be played in Mohali on Wednesday.
With T20 World Cup to be scheduled in Australia, next year, both India and South Africa would wish to play every T20I game before the showpiece event in order to try every combination in order to get an ideal one.
As the T20I series move to Mohali, both the teams and cricketing fans could breathe a sigh of relief as full interrupted 40 overs are expected to be bowled with weather in the city to be in sharp contrast to that of Dharamsala.
With the match scheduled to begin at 7 pm on Wednesday, the weather is expected to remain clear during that time with temperature hovering around 30°C and humidity around 70-75%) that could make it feel a few degrees hotter.
While Dharamsala was said to be a good batting pitch, the track at Mohali would be well backed under sun that could prompt the teams to add another spinner into the sides.
With two T20 World Cups being held between 2020 and 2021, India have a golden opportunity to improve their reputation in the shortest format of the game. Currently ranked No, 4, India would want to climb the ladder on the ICC charts with some success in the coming months.
India have not picked wrist-spin specialists Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav but have handed an extended run to the likes of Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the T20I squad. It is evident that India are looking to add more depth to their batting by picking all-rounderers over specialist spinners.
Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar will be hoping to shine in the upcoming T20Is after getting the first taste of international cricket in West Indies.
With the big boys of Indian pace unit getting more time away from T20I cricket, the team management will also be closely monitoring the progress of the likes of Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed in the shortest format.