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

Fifth ODI called off due to rain, wet outfield

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Jo 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 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...

  • Manesh 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 on October 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

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

  • Tahir 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.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2013, 8:27 GMT

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

  • Prakash 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

  • Jon 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.

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

    Why aren't there no reserve days for these matches

  • Dummy4 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.

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