19/03/2016 7:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Rain Threatens To Play Spoilsport In Indo-Pak World T20 Showdown

Indian groundstaff sit on tarpaulins over the playing surface as rain falls ahead of the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Pakistan at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on March 19, 2016. / AFP / DIBYANGSHU SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Thunderstorm and heavy showers that lashed the city today hours before the high-voltage India- Pakistan World Twenty20 clash have subsided, raising hopes of the match going ahead here.

Rain in the morning was followed by a thundershower around 4:30pm, three hours before the highly-anticipated encounter between the two traditional rivals.

Groundsmen were busy with mopping up operations overseen by Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly, a former India captain. Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan was also seen at the ground with Ganguly.

The iconic Eden Gardens has a new drainage system now and has also brought high-quality covers from the UK to ensure that rain disruptions don't damage the outfield.

Already, a number of spectators have thronged the ground expecting and are hoping that there will be no curtailment in the overs for the crucial must-win tie for India.

As per ICC regulations, the curtailment of overs will start only if one hour is lost to rains and umpires will wait till at least 11:15pm for a minimum five-over game.

If the match is washed out completely, both teams will get a point each.

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