Only rain had a say on the first day of the Mohali Test match between India and Australia on Thursday, so much so that the teams couldn’t even toss the coin, effectively making this a four-day match.
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So much so that even the toss wasn’t possible, effectively making this a four-day encounter.
What this definitely does is to allow an extra day of rest for Matthew Wade, who was effectively ruled out of the contest if the game had started today.
But with the match now beginning on Friday – subject to better weather – the Australian management may be tempted to bring in the keeper.
It all depends on whether they have already announced the line-up within the team and if they want to make any last-minute changes to it.
If Wade continues to remain unfit, online reports had suggested that Glenn Maxwell was the player expected to miss out with Australia deciding to go in with Nathan Lyon yet again – despite the coach Mickey Arthur’s assertions about Lyon’s loss of confidence.
India were so confident of the rains abandoning the first day’s play that they did not even venture outside their hotel rooms.
Having won three matches in a Test series only three times before this, India will hope for the game to start tomorrow given the kind of confidence they will have going into this encounter.
The pitch was expected to play not too differently from the first couple of Tests but it will be interesting to see what effect the rain has had on the surface.
Sometimes the extra moisture helps the spin bowlers in the first session of play and that will be something that the likes of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will hope for if India bowls first again.
The good news for all fans is that 60 out of the 90 overs of lost play can be made up by bowling an extra over on each of the following four days.
Again, that will be subject to how the weather holds up at Mohali. Play will begin half hour early for the remaining four days in an attempt to compensate for the lost time for day one.
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