Final T20 called off over wet outfield

Frederick Owens
October 14, 2017

Even before the match, there were speculations of rain and thunderstorm.

The 3-match series will now be shared 1-1 and the trophy as well so far. Despite eastern Hyderabad remaining dry during the match, it was the first to be called off.

The final and series decider Twenty20 global between India and Australia was abandoned due to sodden outfield without a ball being bowled at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad.

Hyderabad: Team India captain Virat Kohli will once again lead his side during their decider against David Warner-led Australia in the final T20 here on Friday. Next inspection will take place at 7: 45 pm.

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Earlier, the match referee Richie Richardson was seen having inspection in the company of the two umpires - the outfield especially the wet patches near the boundary. India won the first match of the series by 9 wickets at Ranchi via D/L method. It rained for an hour in the evening on Thursday, but curator YL Chandrasekhar had said they are confident of getting the field ready. The T20I series is locked 1-1 after Australia defeated India by eight wickets in the second match at Guwahati on October 10. Last time a match was called off in India due to wet outfield was at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2015 when India where supposed to play South Africa.

It was a painful wait for the spectators who turned up for the first ever T20 worldwide at the venue.

India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

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