Chances for Kochi ODI bleak, as rain plays spoilsport

Published: Monday, October 1, 2007, 20:51 [IST]
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Kochi, Oct 1: After rain played spoilsport in the first ODI between India and Australia in Bangalore, chances of the second ODI being staged in Kochi seem bleak as heavy rains lashed the city on Monday morning. However, Australian skipper Adam Gilchrist inspected the pitch today and was hopeful of a good match against India. "They are working very hard, hopefully if there is no rain there is a good chance of playing but it's hard to predict what the weather is going to do," said Gilchrist.

The outfield had already taken a lot of beating from persistent rain in September and the grounds men had no time to restore it. Rain over the last couple of days has made it practically impossible to work on the outfield.

Meanwhile Indian Team manager, Lal Chand Rajput, has said that former skipper Sourav Ganguly would not be able to play the second ODI as he requires rest due to an injury.

"Our scan is not showing any tear, its only stiffness hopefully he should be okay for the next game. John Gloster has said if he is given rest in one match he would be much better in the next game," said Rajput.

Ganguly had limped off the ground while fielding during Saturday's first match in Bangalore which was washed out with India on 9-1 chasing Australia's 307-7.



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