Hello everybody and welcome to day two of the Australia v India Test match from Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. Play will get underway at 2pm – half-an-hour earlier than usual – in an attempt to make up some of the time lost to rain yesterday.

Without further ado, the all important forecast. Thundery showers are passing through southern Queensland today and it seems inevitable play will be interrupted at some point. However, most of the rain so far has fallen to the north of the Gold Coast, so we should start on time, and the chances are promising for at least a full first session. We’re in the lap of the Gods thereafter. In better news, the weekend is set fair, so there should still be plenty of time for a result.

Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld)

Continuation of widespread thunderstorms today with severe storms possible south of Mackay #wind, #hail #rain. In the red area, more dangerous storms with giant hail, destructive winds possible, including #SEQld. Check the radar and warnings: https://t.co/btZzDzicxC pic.twitter.com/pMoowAOcWr

October 1, 2021

As things stand India will be the side paying most attention to the radar in the hope no further time is lost. The tourists will resume on 132-1 after the 44.1 overs that were possible yesterday. Smriti Mandhana stole the show with an unbeaten 80 and she will be aiming to convert her highest Test score into a maiden Test century.

I’ll be back with more shortly, but if you would like to join in, you can reach me by email or Twitter (@JPHowcroft).

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana resumes on 80 in search of a maiden Test century. Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

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