India/Australia ODI washed out
The fifth One Day International (ODI) between India and Australia in Cuttack was called off, yesterday, due to a wet outfield. The conditions were bright and sunny and match referee Roshan Mahanama had an inspection at 11 a.m., but the outfield was deemed unfit for play.
Heavy rains over the week had cast doubts on the possibility of play in Cuttack. On Friday, the Odisha Cricket Association had released a statement which said that the ground was “completely water-logged and the chances of it drying up are extremely remote”.
The association had employed helicopters to dry the ground, but it did not prove too effective.
The fourth ODI in Ranchi was also abandoned after heavy rain. Australia lead the seven-match series 2-1.