Rain threatens to derail the Twenty20 World Cup when big guns enter the fray this weekend, with Australia’s opener against New Zealand and an India vs Pakistan blockbuster both at risk of being washed out.
Parts of Australia are facing a third straight La Nina weather event with a wetter-than-average summer expected, and downpours are forecast for Sydney and Melbourne from Friday through to next week.
Aaron Finch’s Australia begin their title defence against New Zealand at a sell-out Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday evening — a repeat of the 2021 final in Dubai where Mitchell Marsh’s unbeaten 77 powered them to an eight-wicket win and maiden crown.
High chance of showers
But the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a “very high (90%) chance of showers” and potentially thunderstorms, with no reserve days for group games. They only come into play for the semi-finals and final.
It looks equally gloomy for Sunday in Melbourne where India face Pakistan in a hotly-anticipated clash with up to 100,000 fans in the cavernous MCG and tens of millions more tuning in to watch.
A minimum of five overs a side is required to constitute a match.
The weather could also cause havoc in Hobart where games are scheduled for Friday and Sunday, although England’s opener against Afghanistan in Perth on Saturday has a fine weather forecast.