India vs Australia: In last ODI at Kotla, dew could play crucial role

India will take on Australia in a series decider at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium today. Both sides have dew factor to consider in this game as with all the day/night matches with weather conditions like this.

Written by Newsroom Staff March 13, 2019 12:41

New Delhi: India will take on Australia in a series decider at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium today. Both sides have dew factor to consider in this game as with all the day/night matches with weather conditions like this.

Presence of dew in the evening makes the ball wet and increasingly difficult for bowlers and fielders alike to get a good grip. India have borne the brunt of being unable to read the conditions twice in this series. The hosts batted second in Ranchi keeping in mind the dew factor.

However, it never came into play and the ball kept low, making life difficult for the Indian batsmen and the top order was blown away within the first six overs. India eventually lost the match by 32 runs.

In the 4th ODI, India failed to defend a target of 359 as the ball skidded off the surface. Fielders missing catches towards the end of the Australian innings also did not help India’s case.

In Delhi however, presence of dew seems unlikely at the moment with cloudy weather and a steady breeze blowing throughout the day. “With temperatures still on the lower side. and hardly any sun on Tuesday, dew seems unlikely to settle in. So it shouldn’t really impact the match,” a Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) official said. “However, all that could change if there is ample sunlight on Wednesday morning. Because that could help the dew set in after sunset.”

Having said that one cannot rule out dew factor and in that case toss will also be very crucial.

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