Rain disrupts Mumbai, Kolkata net practice

Kolkata players had to skip practice die to rain ahead of their IPL match against Mumbai at Eden Gardens in Kolkata AFP

Kolkata: May 21, 2011

Rain and thundershowers in the evening forced Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians to abandon their respective net sessions ahead of their clash in the Indian Premier League in Eden Gardens on Sunday.

The Met department in its 48 hours bulletin has forecast chances of rain that meant there is a cloud of uncertainty over the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.

“Partly cloudy sky … thunder cloud could develop towards afternoon and evening,” the Met predicted.

Heavy rains accompanied with thunderstorm lashed for about half-an-hour as the wicket was put under thick cover.

Eden curator Probir Mukherjee said if the sun shines then today’s rain would not affect the play.

“If sun stays bright then the match would go on as per schedule. But what can we do if there is rain again,” Mukherjee said.

The Knight Riders had already checked in to the ground before the rain-storm and their coach Dav Whatmore addressed the media even as the team stayed indoors without any practice.

Mumbai Indians did not come to the stadium and stayed at the team hotel.

Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians have advanced into the last four after King’s XI Punjab lost to Deccan Chargers in Dharamsala on Saturday.

The winner of Sunday’s match will hence grab the second spot in the team standings.