Rain and wet weather have followed India and New Zealand in their T20I and ODI series in recent weeks. The second ODI between India and New Zealand on Sunday (27 November) was the second match to be wiped out by rain, apart from the first T20I in Wellington.
Shikhar Dhawan’s Team India will be praying for some clear weather on Wednesday (November 30) ahead of the third ODI against New Zealand at Christchurch’s Hagley Park to help them tie the three-match ODI series at least. Kane Williamson’s side lead the ODI series 1-0 after beating the Indians by seven wickets in the first ODI last week.
With the second ODI wiped out, the home side cannot lose the series and the Black Caps have not lost an ODI at home since the 2019 World Cup. All eyes will be on the weather radar for the cricket fans and they hope that Team India can at least level the ODI series 1-1 with a victory in the last game.
The weather forecast from the MET department does not look promising. Rain is predicted for Wednesday evening with high humidity of more than 88 percent.
“High clouds, then showers develop from the afternoon, possibly heavy. Westerly winds turn fresh south in the afternoon, strong around the Banks Peninsula,” the MET department predicted for Wednesday.
Temperatures are expected to drop below 10 degrees Celsius and the game will progress into the afternoon. A minimum of 20 over must be completed between the two sides to officially constitute an ODI match. With rain on the horizon, it’s going to be an interesting toss-up between Dhawan and Williamson and what they choose to do as DLS will definitely play a big role in the game.