Greenfield faces possible drainage exam

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The newly completed Greenfield International stadium in Thiruvananthapuram could be put to the test with rain threatening the final T20I of the series between India and New Zealand.

The match will decide the series after New Zealand beat India by 40 runs in the second match in Rajkot to square matters.

Meteorologists have predicted showers and high winds for Tuesday but administrators are confident a result will be possible, backing the new stadium’s drainage system.

The third match of the T20I series will be the first international at the venue in the Indian state of Kerala.

Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) secretary Jayesh George said: “The drainage facilities at the Sports Hub are very good.

“We have three super-soppers ready. The entire ground can be covered if necessary. Even if it rains during the match, it can be re-started within 15 minutes once the rain stops.”

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New Zealand need to win the series in order to retain their number one ranking in the ICC’s T20I team rankings.

Should the match be rained off it will be the second successive T20I series hosted by India to end 1-1 with the third match abandoned with the clash with Australia reaching the same conclusion.

The series against New Zealand will be followed by the visit of Sri Lanka for India while the Black Caps will return home to prepare for the visit of the West Indies in December.