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ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Rain Threatens Epic India Vs Pakistan T20 Clash

ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Rain Threatens Epic India Vs Pakistan T20 Clash

India and Pakistan are poised to reignite their rivalry as they face off in a T20 World Cup Group A match at Nassau County Cricket Stadium in New York this Sunday. India, captained by Rohit Sharma, enters the match on a high note, having secured an 8-wicket victory over Ireland.

In contrast, Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, is coming off a narrow super-over defeat against the US in their last outing of the tournament. Despite India’s recent superior form, they remain wary of Pakistan, acknowledging that their determined adversaries should not be underestimated.

Weather conditions, however, may play a significant role in the proceedings. Current forecasts predict a 51 percent chance of rain at 11 AM local time (8:30 PM IST), just half an hour after the match’s scheduled start. Although extra time could be allotted to accommodate any weather-induced delays, it is improbable that the game will be postponed until the afternoon.

Nevertheless, there remains a strong possibility that the full 20-overs-a-side match could be played, much to the fans’ delight. In preparation for the highly anticipated match, Indian captain Rohit Sharma suffered a minor injury to his left thumb during a net session.

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After being struck on the thumb, Rohit promptly received medical attention and, following a brief check-up, resumed his practice session vigorously. This incident occurred as Rohit was batting, and the medical team swiftly addressed the situation, allowing him to continue his training without significant disruption.

The Nassau County Cricket Stadium pitch has been a topic of discussion, primarily due to its uneven and slow outfield. India played their first match of the campaign on this very pitch, securing an 8-wicket win against Ireland. During that match, Rohit Sharma scored a commendable 52 runs off 37 balls with a strike rate of 140.54 before his injury curtailed his innings at the end of the 10th over.

Following critiques of the pitch’s inconsistency, the International Cricket Council (ICC) acknowledged the issue on Thursday. The ICC stated that efforts were being made to improve the pitch conditions, ensuring the “best possible surfaces” for the remaining matches of the tournament.

As both teams gear up for this crucial encounter, the focus will not only be on their performances but also on the weather and pitch conditions, which could significantly influence the outcome of this much-awaited clash.

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