Mohali:Gale and heavy rains in the early hours on Wednesday once again affected the ground preparations as the PCA ground here, which will host the second Test between India and Australia on Friday, was left flooded.
"The sudden change in weather has somewhat affected our preparations. Our covers were blown up and outfield was left flooded," Chairman of BCCI Grounds and Pitches Committee and PCA curator, Daljit Singh said.
He said the practice pitches were also left wet though luckily "the match wicket was saved".
"We are putting in our best efforts to give a good wicket for the upcoming game," Singh said.
"The north westerly gale which lasted for over 30 minutes had maximum wind speed of 76 kmph. It was accompanied by heavy rains and hailstorm," Director of the Chandigarh based Meteorological Department, Chattar Singh said.
The positive side was that a bright sun shine had come out during the day today raising hopes that the weather was holding good, Daljit said.
However, Chattar Singh said that there were a few weather systems that were active over the region which could again result in a few spell of rains until on Thursday.
"There was a Western Disturbance over north J&K and neighbourhood, north east Afghanistan and adjoining north Pakistan. An induced Upper Air Cyclonic Circulation lied over Central Pak and adjoining south west Punjab," he said.
Daljit Singh had yesterday said that heavy monsoon rains that lasted until two weeks back may affect the bouncy nature of the Mohali track but seamers sticking to good line and length can expect to trouble the batsmen.
With the first Test match between India and Australia ending in a draw, both the teams would be looking for a result at Mohali.