<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India vs Australia T20: Rain threat looms large at Rajkot" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131008202919.jpg" title="India vs Australia T20: Rain threat looms large at Rajkot" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> The Saurashtra Cricket Association said that the match isn't likely to be affected as the ground has good drainage system © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Rajkot: Oct 8, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Inclement weather could threat <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a>-Australia T20 international match on Thursday with the Met Department forecasting rainfall over the next 48 hours in Rajkot.<br /> <br /> There was a heavy downpour this afternoon and unseasonal showers could disrupt the one-off T20 game to be held at the newly built SCA Stadium on the city's outskirts.<br /> <br /> However, Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) sources said the match isn't likely to be affected, as they have a good drainage mechanism in the stadium.<br /> <br /> "It had rained heavily for three days last week but the outfield and wickets were not affected," they said.<br /> <br /> "Even if it rains two or three hours prior to the start of match, we can have the match with a slight delay, provided it doesn't rain too heavily tomorrow."<br /> <br /> Almost 80 per cent of the tickets have been sold, and the stadium has a capacity to seat 28,000 people.<br /> <br /> Seven Indian players — comeback man <a href="/tags/Yuvraj-Singh/post" target="_blank">Yuvraj Singh</a>, <a href="/tags/Virat-Kohli/post" target="_blank">Virat Kohli</a>, <a href="/tags/Bhuvneshwar-Kumar/post" target="_blank">Bhuvneshwar Kumar</a>, Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra and local boy Jaydev Unadkat — had net sessions for over two hours.<br /> <br /> The other players, including skipper <a href="/tags/MS-Dhoni/post" target="_blank">Mahendra Singh Dhoni</a>, were scheduled to arrive tonight.<br /> <br /> The Australian team, who practiced in Mumbai's Cricket Club of India after landing in the country last Saturday, was also slated to reach the city by the same flight.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, BCCI Curator for Western Region <a href="/tags/Dhiraj-Parsana/post" target="_blank">Dhiraj Parsana</a> said the Rajkot pitch was full of runs.<br /> <br /> "This is a good batting track and the wicket is full of runs. It will help batsmen to score runs freely," he said.<br /> <br /> "It's a flat wicket and therefore any score over 170 would be a fighting total."<br /> <br /> The first four to five overs of the match would help seamers and then the wicket will become flat and easy for batting, Parsana said.<br /> <br /> But local pitch curator Rasik Makwana said even 200 runs would not be safe total on this track. "This is a batting paradise and even 200 plus runs would not be easy to defend."<br /> <br /> Both teams are scheduled to practice tomorrow morning, SCA Media Manager Himanshu Shah said.