IND Vs SA: HPCA Officials Offer Prayers To 'Snake God' In Temple For No Rain During ODI

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The IND vs SA ODI series kicks off on Thursday at Dharmasala. With the forecast predicting rain, the HPCA officials have sought the blessings of the Snake God.

Written By Sreehari Menon | Mumbai | Updated On:

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. 

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IND vs SA Dharmasala ODI: HPCA officials seek blessings from Snake God for uninterrupted match

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.

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IND vs SA Dharamsala ODI: Rain expected to play spoilsport in India vs SA 1st ODI

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.

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IND vs SA live scores: IND vs SA live streaming details

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.

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