India v Australia, 5th ODI, Cuttack October 26, 2013

Fifth ODI called off due to rain, wet outfield

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The fifth ODI between India and Australia in Cuttack has been called off due to a wet outfield. The conditions were bright and sunny on Saturday morning and match referee Roshan Mahanama had an inspection at 11 am, 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 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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  • GrindAR on October 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great: It happened so many times in Aus in various test matches to save Aus from Ind. Ind end up either drawing or loosing the series because of that. It happened in Ind very rare, and Aus cries for that also.

  • gyanesh.dan on October 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    India v Aus at Cuttack - Oct 26,Match abandoned without a ball bowled India v Aus at Ranchi - Oct 23, No result...... which indicates that the rules should be changed for the unfavorable conditions to urgently shift the match to nearby stadium or the next day to nearby stadium...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 28, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great. Dude, no visiting teams won matches in India at that margin (6-1) even when India were an average team. so, just forget about that now. If they where that strong, it would have been 3-0 now. Do not come up with lame excuses.

  • gyanesh.dan on October 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    OMG! why there is not any rule to place the Match to a different place...

  • BustIPL on October 27, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    BCCI incur loss to CSA and Rain Gods to BCCI. I dont what is the amount of income lost by BCCI. Should be significant.

  • on October 27, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    ICC should consider an Alternate venue for every match ...

  • prakash_mishra on October 27, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I cannot understand one thing. When it was raining continuously at Motera during champions league, Organizers (BCCI) immediately shifted matches to other venues and now two matches have been washed out without a result and these are international matches.Well it is well understood fact that BCCI cares a lot about money but now we come to know that they only care about money. When it came to Mumbai Indians which is one of the most expensive clubs in IPL, BCCI immediately changed the venue so that MI had no problem in qualifying for the Semis. So BCCI takes those decision that suit themselves and their Sponsors and Financers it seems.The rain in Cuttack has been there for almost a week and the Local Cricket board and Groundsmen had already stated that it was not possible for them to host a match. This match should have been shifted to other venue.Now its already a truncated series,but I feel for those spectators who had paid so much money and were excited to see this match.god save BCCI

  • Cobra0077 on October 26, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Now Indian fans feel the same as the SA fan's, after BCCI changed plans of the number of test matches that were to be played.

  • robbieg2011 on October 26, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Why aren't there no reserve days for these matches

  • on October 26, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Australia has wonderful chance to win the series, just one match to win out-off 2 match remaining in india.

  • GrindAR on October 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great: It happened so many times in Aus in various test matches to save Aus from Ind. Ind end up either drawing or loosing the series because of that. It happened in Ind very rare, and Aus cries for that also.

  • gyanesh.dan on October 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    India v Aus at Cuttack - Oct 26,Match abandoned without a ball bowled India v Aus at Ranchi - Oct 23, No result...... which indicates that the rules should be changed for the unfavorable conditions to urgently shift the match to nearby stadium or the next day to nearby stadium...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 28, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great. Dude, no visiting teams won matches in India at that margin (6-1) even when India were an average team. so, just forget about that now. If they where that strong, it would have been 3-0 now. Do not come up with lame excuses.

  • gyanesh.dan on October 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    OMG! why there is not any rule to place the Match to a different place...

  • BustIPL on October 27, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    BCCI incur loss to CSA and Rain Gods to BCCI. I dont what is the amount of income lost by BCCI. Should be significant.

  • on October 27, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    ICC should consider an Alternate venue for every match ...

  • prakash_mishra on October 27, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I cannot understand one thing. When it was raining continuously at Motera during champions league, Organizers (BCCI) immediately shifted matches to other venues and now two matches have been washed out without a result and these are international matches.Well it is well understood fact that BCCI cares a lot about money but now we come to know that they only care about money. When it came to Mumbai Indians which is one of the most expensive clubs in IPL, BCCI immediately changed the venue so that MI had no problem in qualifying for the Semis. So BCCI takes those decision that suit themselves and their Sponsors and Financers it seems.The rain in Cuttack has been there for almost a week and the Local Cricket board and Groundsmen had already stated that it was not possible for them to host a match. This match should have been shifted to other venue.Now its already a truncated series,but I feel for those spectators who had paid so much money and were excited to see this match.god save BCCI

  • Cobra0077 on October 26, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Now Indian fans feel the same as the SA fan's, after BCCI changed plans of the number of test matches that were to be played.

  • robbieg2011 on October 26, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Why aren't there no reserve days for these matches

  • on October 26, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Australia has wonderful chance to win the series, just one match to win out-off 2 match remaining in india.

  • BustIPL on October 26, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Is it a honeymoon. 4 days b/w ODIs reserve day is possible. BCCI seems to have only IPL money not for other cricket.

  • INDSlider on October 26, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    It was a close call for India that they won't loose No. 1 position to us. Aus was unlucky that rain helped Ind.

  • on October 26, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (October 26,2013 Having known well in advance about the likely abandoning of today's match,BCCI must have taken proactive steps in shifting the match to alternate venue.

  • Arrow011 on October 26, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Even when it was raining in Ranchi many experts & even Australian players had tweeted that it is raining in Cuttack. Easily this match could have been shifted to some other city, but BCCI would not think out of the box. It is a shame, this match got ruined, anyway who cares there is no Sachin Tendulkar playing ODI so the interest in the series is less. When Sachin was playing it was very frustrating to miss even 1 ball of a match but nowadays even a match not being played does not cause so much.

  • Englishmanabroad on October 26, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Amazing. After reading all the comments on the Aus/NZ series in England this summer, I had reached the conclusion that England was the only place in the world where matches were lost due to rain. Must be more widespread than I thought, huh??

  • on October 26, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    If the total pitch is covered then there is possible of match,because today morning,no rain.So BCCI focus on that issue on rainy day cover the total stadium,So when rain stops immediately match starts with in some times...........

  • on October 26, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    If we know the weather condition , why we cant change the vanue???? Think something ICC

  • on October 26, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Ausies in a do or die situation for No.1 position in ODI RANKING, but in the other end its MSD and his match plans..wont be eazy to young "kangaroos"

  • class9ryan on October 26, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    So the Aussies, if they lose can only by 3-2 now, thats not a bad series between no1 and no 2. Aus might win the series but I believe Ind of today play better in pressure than the Aussies, so I still expect Ind to get the series win.

  • dsscreen on October 26, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I remembered 2010-11 odi series 2 matches washed out but India still won the series 1-0.Hope this series india get that type of result 3-2.

  • Vinay0511 on October 26, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Aussies cant be No.1 now, even if they win the series 4 - 1.

  • deeplongon on October 26, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    So the games are scheduled in the tropics in monsoon season but there is no alternative option in case a ground is obviously going to be unplayable. Who cares really. Only the viewers lose and who cares about them.

  • sidh78 on October 26, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    why not change the venue if there is high chances of rain in odhisa due to cyclon.they can change the venue well before.one thing it is not hard and expencive to have roof on ground in this highly technically advance world if you have money like bcci

  • BustIPL on October 26, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Aussies must be happy as they have to play less matches to clinch top ODI spot. They had to win 6-1 to have it before but rain gods helped them as target has been made easier. Let's see how much they win now.

  • SOGALE on October 26, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    I stay in Cuttack , I has been raining cats & dogs since last sunday, the conditions are totally unfit for an international match............. hope to see another international match in Cuttack soon....

  • on October 26, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Now the series is more intersting looking forward to it.....

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Why no reserve days...Is there any conditions to have reserve day?

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    2 matches left, both has to be won. Indian bowlers will be in sever pressure #IndVsAus

  • dunger.bob on October 26, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @ Re┼čat Obaidullah : More than just difficult, almost impossible. Cricket is one of the few games that are still played exclusively on grass. Golf is another that comes to mind. Please don't anyone say Indoor Cricket or mini-golf, they don't count as the same game as their outdoor versions.

    One of the problems with playing on turf is that it's not just the players you have to worry about. If you play on a really wet ground you run the risk of cutting up the outfield or worse, destroying the pitch. In terms of game play, a wet cricket ball on a wet pitch is either going to stick where it lands or knock your head off. It's way too dangerous. .. Sorry mate, you just can't play cricket if it's really wet. It's a fact of life cricket lovers have to live with.

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    BCCI is not putting the required efforts to improve the situation, despite making a lot of money from the game....its a shame

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    so now its a 5 match series. India 2-1 behind. if India wins in Nagpur then we have a perfect final in Bangalore.

  • Iceman29 on October 26, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Lmaotsetung: lol...this is rainy season in India.lol...but in England there is no such season..lol...it rains 365 days a year...lol...before commenting...lol...you should educate yourself about the weather in India...lol...

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Though Bcci have been made a lots of money for cricket but basic structure is quite dull.. It needs to improvise

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Why called off? Cant u arrange it again in another venue? 4 years ago I can remember a Test series between ENG & WI, where due to poor sandful outfield it wasnt possible arrange d game, bt they arranged it in another venue...

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    BCCI should get weather updates before choosing venue.

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Its a case of poor planning from officials, last week in the duleep trophy matches held in kochi, many days of play was lost, its now the season of monsoon, rains are almost sure in places like kochi, cuttack etc.. Also Phailin had hit orissa recently, so it was a bad thinking to make such a place host. During these monsoon seasons matches should be hosted where monsoon is least affected such as in north india. Another option is like what Aus & SA does, host matches during summer and go for tour in the winter and give rest to players in rainy season. But here BCCI wants to host matches all over the year and wants all players to play in all of them

  • Captainman on October 26, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    What a pointless series anyway. Too many India-Australia games. Guess the weather gods were even tired of it.

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    International venues should be well logged with international technology.....BCCI is just ignoring the venues where matches could be organised more efficiently.Cuttack for this crucial match in my opinion was a bad take for the organisers.Hope indian team makes a comeback in nagpur.Well fed up with these rains!

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    now india team must be need to balance two match won becouse now is more presar india team ao i wish you best of luck india team

  • Lmaotsetung on October 26, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    LOL...where are all those experts who said England should never host an international cricket competition because of their lousy weather? So far 2 matches down the drain...LOL!!!!!

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    very sad. .waiting fr 6th odi b3st of luck to Australia

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    i think that there should be another spare day kept for an abandoned match and that also at an another ground.

  • CrICkeeet on October 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Why called off? Cant u arrange it again in another venue? 4 years ago I can remember a Test series between ENG & WI, where due to poor sandful outfield it wasnt possible arrange d game, bt they arranged it in another venue...

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    poor planning by BCCI,NOW IT'S TOUGH COMEBACK FOR TEAM INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DJROCKS_347 on October 26, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Im from Navi Mumbai ..iI dont know why DY PATIL stadium is always ignored when it comes to international one day matches or IPL..its one of the best stadiums in India..disgusting to c such a interesting tournament go this way..Sick !!!

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Wrst plannin frm bcci..everyone knws phila crossed odisha last week..so it should hve been shifted to Indore well before..

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    i totally agree with VJ For U.. BCCI has to act sensibly to avoid disgrace when it comes to international matches like these.. With one more match scheduled for Vizag, this series could see another abandonment..

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    India will be under more pressure now... they have the ability to bounce back... lets see how they approach the two matches...I wish Indian cricket team all the best...

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    cricket is like a midaeval game now... why dont the ICC implement some technology to play in rain like football...

    we need new type of pitches balls and outfield... is it that difficult???

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    BCCI! For God Sake,try to Organize matches where there is no Rain. Get the Weather Updates before You schedule any tour.This is just so Disgusting! Heavens Showing no Mercy on BBCI since the SA Tour has been Shortened! :)

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    why choose this kind of ground where rain will be threat the match.in india more playable grounds with good weather why not choose that,senceless ground selection!

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Rarely Indian fans get a chance 2 competitive cricket that 2 INDIA..at the start of tour r even before that there was threat of floods in east coast region..BCCI should have shifted this match 2 another venue long back...

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  • on October 26, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Rarely Indian fans get a chance 2 competitive cricket that 2 INDIA..at the start of tour r even before that there was threat of floods in east coast region..BCCI should have shifted this match 2 another venue long back...

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    why choose this kind of ground where rain will be threat the match.in india more playable grounds with good weather why not choose that,senceless ground selection!

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    BCCI! For God Sake,try to Organize matches where there is no Rain. Get the Weather Updates before You schedule any tour.This is just so Disgusting! Heavens Showing no Mercy on BBCI since the SA Tour has been Shortened! :)

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    cricket is like a midaeval game now... why dont the ICC implement some technology to play in rain like football...

    we need new type of pitches balls and outfield... is it that difficult???

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    India will be under more pressure now... they have the ability to bounce back... lets see how they approach the two matches...I wish Indian cricket team all the best...

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    i totally agree with VJ For U.. BCCI has to act sensibly to avoid disgrace when it comes to international matches like these.. With one more match scheduled for Vizag, this series could see another abandonment..

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Wrst plannin frm bcci..everyone knws phila crossed odisha last week..so it should hve been shifted to Indore well before..

  • DJROCKS_347 on October 26, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Im from Navi Mumbai ..iI dont know why DY PATIL stadium is always ignored when it comes to international one day matches or IPL..its one of the best stadiums in India..disgusting to c such a interesting tournament go this way..Sick !!!

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    poor planning by BCCI,NOW IT'S TOUGH COMEBACK FOR TEAM INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CrICkeeet on October 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Why called off? Cant u arrange it again in another venue? 4 years ago I can remember a Test series between ENG & WI, where due to poor sandful outfield it wasnt possible arrange d game, bt they arranged it in another venue...