Pune Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 2nd Test Match: Will bad weather play spoilsport?

first_imgIndia kick started their home Test season with a convincing 203-run win in the opening Test against South Africa at Visakhapatnam, courtesy an all-round effort from the hosts.In his new avatar as an opener in Test cricket, Rohit Sharma notched up twin centuries while his opening partner Mayank Agarwal registered a historic double ton in the first innings. South Africa, too, showcased some fine batting with Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock scoring hundreds to reduce the lead significantly in the 1st innings.Mohammed Shami picked his 5th 5-wicket-haul in Test whereas the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin shared 15 wickets among them.With a 1-0 lead in the series, Virat Kohli-led India would look to lock the Freedom Trophy when the two teams face-off in the 2nd Test at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) on Thursday. However, that would be possible only if rain does not threaten to ruin the fun in Pune.While the opening Test witnessed minimal interruptions, with only the post-tea session on Day 1 being washed out due to rain, the weather forecast for the 2nd Test doesn’t look promising.Also Read | India vs South Africa: Pune pitch in focus as curator Pandurang Salgaonkar gets ready for 2nd TestPune region has suffered with heavy flooding in the recent days due to an extended monsoon. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has further issued a four-day warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Maharashtra, including the Pune district.According to Accuweather, it will be mostly sunny till10 AM and will turn cloudy after that. Thunderstorms are expected around 2 PM with precipitation going up to 52 per cent. The weather prediction for Friday is further bleak as it is expected to be cloudy throughout the day and intermittent thunderstorms predicted.advertisement The forecast is expected to be similar for the rest of the days of the 2nd Test, but the Sun is finally expected to make an appearance on the last day.The last time a Test match was played at MCA, the Pune pitch got a ‘poor’ rating from the International Cricket Council as the game between India and Australia ended inside 3 days during the 2017 Border-Gavaskar series with the home team losing by a massive margin of 333 runs.Also Read | All the experience Rohit Sharma has accumulated over the years came to the fore in Vizag: Virat Kohlilast_img

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