Rains could mar Bangalore test

Published: Monday, October 4, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Sourav Ganguly-led Indians and visiting Australian team of stand-in Captain Adam Gilchristwould no doubt try to be fiercely competitive in the first test commencing here on Wednesday but the weather god might be unkind and threatens to be a dampener.

Weather forecast for the five-day match is not encouraging and Meteorological department officials say "rain intensity can be pretty high."

"October is the second wettest month in Bangalore, and weather is not conducive for playing cricket. Normal rainfall for the month is 180 mm", Director of the Department'sBangalore Centre Anand L Koppar told PTI.

"Frequent rain spells (during those five days) are likely; probability of rain spells is high. There could be spell of sharp showers," he said.

According to him, even if the current depression that's now very close to Andhra coast crosses the region, it would still have influence over the next four-five days.

But the scenario is not without silver-lining. "In Bangalore, it (skies) normally opens up in the afternoon...anytime after 4 pm", Koppar added.

Meanwhile, it rained heavily late afternoon here today,upsetting Australian team's net practice schedule.

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