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Rain likely to wash out sixth ODI at Eden Park
Our Correspondent |
January 11, 2003 01:14 IST
Heavy rains in the Auckland region will surely wash out play in the sixth One-Day International between India and New Zealand at Eden Park, scheduled for Saturday.
This could mean the Indians' hopes of clinching the last two games in the seven-match series -- following their victory in the fifth ODI -- and getting back to winning ways before next month's World Cup competition will go down the drain.
Though the Eden Park wicket is well covered, the outfield has soaked up enough water.
Homes in Torbay and eastern Albany bore the brunt of a heavy downpour on Friday, leaving mud and debris. In Albany, the road to a cluster of homes off Oteha Valley Road was blocked for several hours and signs warning of polluted stormwater were placed at Torbay and Mairangi Bay.
Water services operations engineer Wally Potts said streams and drains could not cope with the flooding as about 30 manhole covers popped up during the heaviest downpour, spilling raw sewage on to the streets.
Though there is a reserve day for the match on Sunday, play is unlikely to start as cloudy spells of rain have been forecast for the next 24 hours.
In fact, cricket is not the only sport that is being held hostage this weekend. Yachting and tennis too have been done in by bad weather.