India vs Pakistan is one of cricket’s most storied rivalries, and the two Asian giants are set to clash once again at Melbourne to kick off their respective campaigns in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. The weather in Melbourne had earlier raised concerns about the match being shortened due to rain, but latest reports suggest that the rain gods might set aside their duties for the day.

Although there is a 70% chance of rain in Melbourne today, forecasts by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology say that the expected rainfall is around 2-5 mm, which is unlikely to play a spoilsport during the match. The chance of thunderstorms in Melbourne on Sunday evening (local time) is only 8%. Cloud cover is expected to be 92%.

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When asked about the Melbourne weather in the pre-match press meets, Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, said, “I’ve been hearing about Melbourne weather for a while now, and it keeps changing. In the morning when I woke up, a lot of the buildings when I opened my hotel were in clouds, and now we certainly see the sunshine”.

Sharma also said that his team will be prepared if the match is shortened due to the weather: “If the situation demands that it’s a shorter game, we will be ready for that, as well. A lot of the guys have played such kinds of games before, and they know how to manage themselves in a situation like that where you are getting ready for a 40-over game, and then suddenly it’s a 20-over game, or five overs each”.

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Babar Azam, on the other hand, revealed his humourous side when asked about the weather affecting the match. In the press meet, when a journalist asked the Pakistan captain if their players were singing “Rain rain go away” ahead of the clash, Azam replied that the Pakistan team is not singing lullabies for babies. He further added that as a player and captain, he wishes that the match is not shortened due to rain.