Third India-NZ T20 In Doubt Due to Rains in Thiruvananthapuram
Monday saw heavy rains lashing the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, the venue for the third and final T20 between India and New Zealand.
The local meteorological office has predicted more rains on Tuesday as well.
The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m and more than 40,000 tickets have been sold. Incidentally, this is the first time in close to three decades that the city is hosting an international match, after Vivian Richards-led West Indies beat India, who were led by current head coach Ravi Shastri.
Both teams landed in the city late on Sunday night and cancelled their practise sessions on Monday due to heavy rains and instead went around the beach side hotel.
Shastri, accompanied by his deputy and former India player Sanjay Bangar however took time off in the morning and visited at the famed Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in the heart of city to offer prayers.
India Captain Virat Kohli and two of his colleagues arrived at the Chandrasekheran Nair stadium to take part in a programme of the Kerala government, 'Say yes to Cricket, No to Drugs' in which Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also took part.
Kohli read out the pledge to the hundreds of school children who were present.
Sanju Samson, the local boy who has played for the country and a hugely successful Indian Premier League (IPL) player has played a Ranji Trophy match in the stadium recently.
Samson said the clay wicket which will be used for Tuesday's match is going to be one which batsmen will find easy.
"So whichever team bowls well, will do well," said Samson.
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