Cricket lovers may have doubts over the fate of the sixth ODI between Indian and Australia, after back-to-back washouts at Ranchi and Cuttack. However, it seems players will get to sweat out at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur on Wednesday, with the weather expected to be dry and humid.
Wednesday (30 October) is expected to be sunny in Nagpur, with minimum temperature at night set to drop as low as 14C to 15C and maximum temperature during day expected to be between 32C and 35C, according to Accuweather.
Rain played spoilsport at Ranchi after the fourth ODI was stopped just when India started their innings, dumpening the craze built in the series, following a close contest in the thrid game. The sixth ODI scheduled at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack was also abandoned due to bad weather with not even a ball being bowled.
The seven-match series has now turned into a mini series after the contest was shortened to five games, following the two abandoned meetings. The heat is still very much on, as both the teams will try to clinch the series, and the next match could decide the winner.
Australia lead the series 2-1 and are just a win away from clinching the series. They will come into the Nagpur game with less pressure, as they will still have one more chance to win the series. However, pressure will build up if they loss the sixth ODI.
India, on the other hand, will come into contest, well aware of the fact that another loss would mean a series defeat. They need to win both the remaining games to avoid a series loss and it won't be easy, despite boasting a strong batting line-up.
The sixth ODI at Nagpur is expected to be a great contest with both teams having players with good form. They are expected to score big, like in the previous games, and no total seems to be too big for these teams, which has been the beauty of this series.