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Wet oufield plays spoilsport in India-Aus series decider

Last updated on: October 13, 2017 20:50 IST

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper David Warner have a chat with the umpires. Photograph: BCCI

The third and final Twenty20 International between India and Australia was called off without a ball being bowled because of a wet outfield in Hyderabad, on Friday.

As a result of the abandonment, the three-match T20 series ended tied 1-1.

 

The two captains Virat Kohli and David Warner, umpires and match officials decided that no play could be possible because of a damp outfield at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.

According to the umpires, the outfield was so sodden that there was no real chance of play despite the fact that it did not rain for quite a while.

The outfield was inspected three times but despite all efforts from the groudstaff play was not possible.

IMAGE: Match referee Richie Richardson inspects the outfield along with the umpires. Photograph: BCCI

Hyderabad has been receiving heavy rains for more than a week now and the Met office had predicted rain on Friday as well.

India won the rain-hit opening match in Ranchi by nine wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis method before Australia thrashed the hosts by eight wickets in Guwahati in the second T20I.

India's next assignment will be the limited overs series against New Zealand, with the opening ODI to be played in Mumbai on October 22.

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