India are set to host South Africa in a three-match ODI series beginning on Thursday, March 12. However, the first IND vs SA Dharmasala ODI is under the threat of a washout. The HPCA (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association) in a desperate attempt to stop rain from playing spoilsport, offered their prayers at the Indru Nag (Snake God) temple.
The followers believe that the local deity Indru Nag fulfils the wishes of the person who has his blessings. Dharmasala hardly gets the chance to host an international match and the unpredictable weather makes it worse for the venue. The last international game scheduled at Dharmasala was also an IND vs SA contest, albeit a T20I, which was washed out without a ball being bowled.
The Dharmasala ODI is the first IND vs SA ODI of the series and fans would ope that a full contest is on the cards. An HPCA official confirmed that some of his fellow officials visited the Indru Nag temple seeking divine intervention for a full IND vs SA match. According to Accuweather, there is some rain expected during the Dharmasala ODI, and the officials hope that their 'Snake God' can help them tackle the threat of rain. Incidentally, in 2013, when Dharmasala hosted it’s first ODI, HPCA had sought the blessings of the Snake God and barring the stadium, there was a downpour in other parts of Dharamkot and McLeodganj.
The IND vs SA live streaming for the Dharmasala ODI will be on the Star Sports Network in India. Fans can also watch the IND vs SA live streaming on Hotstar and Jio TV. The match commences at 1:30 PM (IST) on Thursday, March 12. Fans also check the IND vs SA live scores on the social media handles of BCCI and Cricket South Africa.