India, Oz rained out...again

2013-10-26 10:08
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Cuttack - The fifth ODI between India and Australia in Cuttack has been called off due wet outfield.

Despite conditions being bright and sunny on Saturday morning, the field was still unplayable after a ground inspection at 11:00 (local time) by match referee Roshan Mahanama had been done.

According to ESPN's website, torrential rains throughout the week had already put the fate of the match in jeopardy, with th Odisha Cricket Association releasing a statement on Friday saying that the ground was "completely water-logged and the chances of its drying up are extremely remote".

The association had employed helicopters to dry the ground, but it did not prove too effective.

"The operators of the helicopters visited the ground and expressed that they could dry the pitch but were unable to remove the mud that has accumulated through the playing area," the statement said.

The fourth ODI in Ranchi was also abandoned after heavy rain.

Australia lead the seven-match series 2-1.


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