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No Play Possible In Sodden Cuttack

Wet outfield
©REUTERS/Mike Hutchings. Picture Supplied by Action Images

India v Australia
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Fifth One-Day International, Cuttack

The fifth One-Day International between Australia and India, scheduled to be held in Cuttack, has been abandoned without a ball bowled due to a waterlogged outfield.

Heavy rains over the past week at the venue left the outfield sodden and patches of it covered in mud, with the Odisha Cricket Association taking the unusual step of notifying the world’s media yesterday that it was unlikely that the game would go ahead.

Today dawned bright and sunny, but that did little to improve the condition of the outfield and play was called off after an inspection at 1100 local time.

Australia currently lead the seven-match series 2-1 after the fourth match in Ranchi was also rained off. The teams will meet again on Wednesday for the sixth match in Nagpur.

Cuttack’s hosting of the three-day warm-up game against the West Indies, scheduled to begin on 31st October, will also now not take place as “the outfield won’t be ready in time for the game”. Instead, it will be moved, most probably to Mumbai, according to ESPNcricinfo.

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