Ranchi, Sept. 21: The JSCA grounds looked majestic, but nagging rains throughout the day cast a wet shadow on tomorrow’s matches for the ongoing Champions League T20.
The Sunday line up is tempting with Trinidad and Tobago taking on Birsbane Heats from 4pm while M.S. Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings matching wits against South Africa’s Titans at 8pm.
On the eve of tomorrow’s big day, Ranchi played host to Brian Lara, the West Indian legend who is mentor to T&T.
“I arrived late last night and didn’t get time to see the city. But the weather seems pleasant,” the swashbuckling left hander told The Telegraph.
How did he like the stadium?
“Must say impressive,” he smiled.
Local favourites Chennai Super Kings are hoping to kick off on a winning note. But coach Stephen Fleming was keeping his fingers crossed about the weather.
“It’s been raining for the last couple of days and the weather could be a great factor tomorrow,” he said.
The Super Kings have been enjoying themselves in Dhoni’s hometown. Fleming said as much.
“The last few days have been refreshing for all our boys, including our skipper (Dhoni). We even hitched few rides in his vehicle the other day and had a good time,” he smiled.
Will the Dhoni factor draw crowds to the stadium on Sunday? Jharkhand State Cricket Association is hoping so. However, ticket sales haven’t been that encouraging so far.
There’s a question mark on the weather, too. Tomorrow’s forecast said it all: generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain and thunder showers.
But, there was hope of some respite since the low pressure trough in Bay of Bengal that’s been causing the rains had started to move towards Odisha and Chattisgarh.