India Vs Australia 3rd T20I Called Off Due To Wet Outfield
The 30,000-odd spectators at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium were expecting cracker of a India Vs Australia T20I Match.
Instead, they remained witness to the T20I series decider getting called off because of wet outfield, despite no rain during this a part of the city on Friday.
Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team therefore shared the Twenty20 International series 1-1 with the Australian cricket team, led by David Warner.
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This can be the second time the boys in Blue shared a series with Australia, having drawn a series in Australia in 2011-12.
No Rain From 2 Days
The cancellation proved to be a bad advertisement for Hyderabad Cricket Association, WHO couldn’t get the ground prepared despite no rain for the major part within the last 2 days.
There was one inspection at 7:00 pm by match referee Sir Richie Richardson and the second inspection was at 7:45 pm. The match was ultimately called off at 8:15 pm.
After a delayed begin on Friday, groundsmen might be seen frantically spreading sawdust on wet patches on the outfield. a day before, pedestal fans were used on the same spots to dry those patches in time.
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Richardson, throughout his outfield examination, dabbed his feet on those patches it appeared to go deep. there have been 2 rounds of examination as the match got delayed as the full house crowd waited in expectation.
An official who was present at the ground, throughout the inspection, said some spots on the outfield looked terrible. In fact, throughout the preparation once Virat Kohli hit a ball and it landed on the wet patch, it failed to bounce. The severity of the wetness can be gauged by this.
Lack Of Preparation
Though the city has been receiving rain this past week, Hyderabad Cricket Association officials said that they took each precaution to protect the field of play, adding that the inner circle and pitch didn’t have any problem.
However, a groundsman, who didn’t need to be quoted, had said on Thursday that the damp spots on the outfield were quite serious.
The Outfield received bright sun for majority of Thursday as well as Friday. It rained for an hour within the evening on Thursday, however Pitch curator YL Chandrasekhar had said they are assured of getting the field ready.
This is the second time in 2 years that a match has been called off in India as a result of poor outfield. Last time a match was called off in India because of wet outfield was at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2015 when India took on South Africa.