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Mumbai weather report today: Rain threat at Wankhede big over Indies vs New Zealand series-decisive 2nd Test



Apart from the return of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s place in the XI, Mumbai’s weather is one of the most talked-about topics ahead of the India vs New Zealand series-deciding second Test at the Wankhede Stadium. It has been raining for the last two days ahead of the Test match and Friday’s promise is no different. India and New Zealand’s training sessions were washed out due to rain on Wednesday while the Indian team trained indoors on Thursday. The pitch remained under cover as the rain continued to dampen the enthusiasm till the evening.

The weather forecast for Friday morning is not at all promising. According to AccuWeather, there is more than a 40% chance of rain from 7 am to over 50% around 9 am, right around the time when the toss is due for the second Test.

Considering that the pitch has barely been sunny over the past two days and the weather forecast for Friday, a timely start is unlikely.

The weather promises to improve significantly as the day progresses and the chance of rain is likely to reduce to around 19% at around 11am. But what is worrying is that the threat of rain throughout the day is likely with little or no play.

If it rains on Friday morning, the toss will become extremely important as both teams will know that the damp pitch can give something extra to the bowlers who hit the deck hard.

India skipper Virat Kohli, who is making a comeback to the team after being ruled out of the first Test, said the weather could affect the team selection.

“The weather is changing and we have to keep that in mind and choose the combination accordingly,” Kohli said on the eve of the match. He indicated that the three-spinner strategy could be modified for this game.

This may clear the way for the inclusion of Mohammad Siraj in the playing XI.

“At the end of the day, you cannot assume that weather conditions will remain like this for five days.

Kohli said, “So, we need to see which bowling combination should be picked which can tackle different situations. If we reach a common understanding and if everyone agrees, then we go with that combination.” Huh.”

While New Zealand’s Tim Southee did not give a definitive answer, it looked like the conditions in Mumbai warrant Neil Wagner’s presence in the playing XI for the second Test at the Wankhede.


Asked how much it would help fast bowlers who pitch under cover due to heavy rain, Southee said: “It’s something we don’t know too much about. We need to know about it then.” Will have to wait till we get up there.

“It’s something we have to adopt. You try to assess the conditions as quickly as possible. With cover, it might offer more swing, but who knows,” he said.

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