The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 has started with India vs. Pakistan. This match is likely to be rained out. The ICC will not schedule the next match if this match is rained out. The semi-finals and the final match will have reserve days. If the match between India and Pakistan is rained out, it will not be played on those days.
Rain forecast for India vs. Pakistan T20 World Cup 2022 in Melbourne
The India vs. Pakistan T20 World Cup clash is one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament, but the weather can pose a huge threat. According to the Australian Meteorological Department, the rain will likely fall in Melbourne on Sunday. The rain is expected to begin during the early evening but will become heavier throughout the day.
Despite the rain forecast for the match, it’s unclear whether the game will go ahead. The match will start at 1:30 PM IST on October 23 and end at 7 PM local time. The weather is cloudy, and the temperature is expected to be around 13 degrees Celsius. The rain chances are 79% during the day and 97% at night. Moreover, as the match is scheduled for the evening, the humidity will increase to 87%.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicts a chance of two to five millimeters of rain on Sunday. The game will be played if possible, as the two teams are among the highest-profile teams in T20 cricket. Moreover, rain is expected to affect both teams’ chances of winning the tournament.
While India and Pakistan were able to secure a spot at the MCG, the rain was the main obstacle for the match on Sunday. While rain was predicted earlier this week, the rain gods have resisted, and the chance of rain is now low. A heavy shower on Friday night is expected to last just a few hours, and a lower chance on Sunday will mean the game can go ahead without rain.
The Melbourne weather has been cloudy but not too gloomy. The forecast is still a bit optimistic. There is a good chance both teams can play the full match. Earlier, the two teams trained at the MCG, and India captain Rohit Sharma said the match would be a “challenge” for him.
The match will start at 1:30 pm local time and conclude at 7:00 pm IST on Sunday. The MCG is equipped to handle heavy rain, but rain can affect the game. Fans would rather see the match shortened than have it be a washout.
Pakistan beat India in the last T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai so India will be ready for revenge. Rohit Sharma, India’s skipper, said that Pakistan’s strong bowling would create a lively atmosphere, making the match more interesting.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is underway in Australia, with eight teams competing to reach the Super 12 stage. Namibia has already beaten Sri Lanka in their opening game and is in contention to progress through the Super 12s.
Australia is the defending champions and currently sits sixth in the official ICC team rankings. They’re the heavy favorites, with their home ground as a bonus. But England has shown some firepower on home soil, and their batting lineup is packed with stars like Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, and Alex Hales.
India is not expected to play Shami in the opening game of the 2022 tournament, but they will play the arch-rivals in the second match, which will be played at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground. India will be paired with Pakistan at the Super 12 stage and face Bangladesh.
Rain has been a concern for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia. There have been numerous cancellations of games due to heavy downpours during the tournament, and the Australian Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rain.
Australia is the defending champions, and their only defeats were against England in the home series and India in their warm-up match. However, they have a strong team line-up. But they’ll be missing Josh Inglis for the opening match, which is why Cameron Green has been called up.
India has a strong chance of qualifying. The Indian team is number one in the ICC’s rankings for the shortest format. However, they had not won the title since 2007, when MS Dhoni won the inaugural T20 World Cup. However, this year, the Men in Blue have emerged as one of the most successful T20I teams. They have also broken Pakistan’s record for most T20I victories in a calendar year. In Hyderabad last month, India defeated Australia by six wickets to seal the three-match series.
In terms of television coverage, the tournament will be aired on PTV and ARY Digital Networks in Pakistan, while Gazi TV and Rabbithole will air the games in Bangladesh. Sky Sports and Fox Sports will also broadcast the games in the United Kingdom. In India, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be broadcasted on Star Network, and Hotstar will stream the games.
Predictions for rain in Melbourne
The ICC T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan in Melbourne could be spoiled by rain. According to Accuweather, there is a 70 to 80 percent chance of rain in Melbourne today, with rain likely in the morning and early evening. This could significantly hamper the match.
With the recent rains, the weather in Melbourne has been less than favorable for cricket. However, a few forecasts for Sunday’s match against India have been positive. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is an 80 percent chance of rain. This means the match may end in a washout. The other match between India and New Zealand is also at risk of rain.
Despite the rain-prone Melbourne climate, heavy rain is still possible during the match. Although the ground and drainage staff at the MCG are fully equipped to handle heavy rains, there’s no guarantee that the match won’t be shortened or canceled. However, fans would prefer a shortened match if possible.
Although the weather is not conducive to cricket, the fans should still be able to watch the match without rain. The teams have already trained at the MCG before the game, and India captain Rohit Sharma said they would treat the match as a challenge. The captain also said that Pakistan is a good team.
Pakistan-India is the first match of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Having won the Asia Cup earlier this year, both teams will have their eyes set on winning the first match. This match has already become a box-office sensation. It will surely be a cracker if the match does not see rain.
Rain has already affected the first warm-up match between India and Pakistan, which was postponed on October 19. The India-New Zealand match was also canceled without a result, as was the Afghanistan-Pakistan match. The other matches, as postponed, are not in the group stage.
It’s a great opportunity for India to gain revenge for their 10-wicket loss to Pakistan in the UAE last year. Unlike last year, the Indian bowling unit looks rejuvenated. With the addition of Shaheen Afridi to the team’s batting order, Pakistan will be a strong contender for the title.