India v Australia, 5th ODI, Cuttack October 25, 2013

Play highly unlikely in wet Cuttack

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Match facts

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

The cricketing gods seem to have had enough of batsmen ravaging helpless bowlers, and have called up a friend. The weather gods have swooped in, washed out the Ranchi ODI - 312 in 54.1 overs before their intervention - and now pose an even bigger threat to the game in Cuttack.

The organisers already sound resigned. An Odisha Cricket Association release said: "We deeply regret to mention that the sunny weather that we have been expecting has failed to come true. The ground is completely water-logged and the chances of its drying up are extremely remote."

It has rained in Cuttack for five continuous days in the lead-up to the match, and the forecast for Saturday is similar. More than two balls and new field restrictions, the words that have been uttered regularly in Cuttack has been: helicopters - to dry the ground should it stop raining; wells - being dug up around the ground to help drain the ground; and of course Duckworth-Lewis.

The helicopter, too, didn't prove 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."

Ravindra Jadeja - although he added his side was prepared to play whatever the duration of the match presented to them - was candid enough to say in his press conference, "It doesn't look like there will be a match tomorrow." Shane Watson was less optimistic about the game, and already seemed to be thankful the rain might have cut short the series significantly. "A five-match series is a bit more enjoyable anyway," Watson said. "The rain has sort of made it that way."

For the Cuttack groundstaff and locals, this isn't a matter of relief. They badly want the game to happen. The challenge for the groundstaff begins once it stops raining for a considerable period of time, signs of which have been scarce ever since Cyclone Phailin crossed Odisha earlier this month. The outfield isn't quite submerged like the Indian roads in rain, but it gives the impression you will sink ankle deep once you step on it. The water level in the drain outside the stadium is pretty high too, which is why the wells are being dug.

If the game indeed is abandoned India will be left with a more difficult task in the series. Down 1-2 after four games, they will need to win the remaining two matches to win the series.

Form guide

Australia WLWWL (most recent games first, completed matches)
India LWLWW

In the spotlight

Ravindra Jadeja loves the Barabati Stadium. One of his fabled three first-class triples came here, he took four wickets in an ODI against Sri Lanka here, and is quick to remind that he even scored a quick fifty in an Deodhar Trophy match in Cuttack. Even in this series so far, Jadeja has bowled all his 40 overs at 4.85 an over, by some distance the best economy-rate among the specialist bowlers in this high-scoring series. And he says he doesn't even care if you use one ball or two balls; if there is turn in the pitch, he will extract it.

Before the start of this series, we knew George Bailey as the nice Tassie bloke with a Paul Collingwood-like game who could fight it out and make crucial if not big contributions in tough conditions, but we didn't expect him to be anywhere near the highest run-getter in a series played on flat pitches surrounded by quick outfields in India. After four matches, Bailey stands at the top, with more runs at a higher average and a higher strike-rate than even Virat Kohli. The lack of centuries, though, will irk the Australia captain, who could be getting close to an Ashes ticket with his performances.

Team news

The changes in the bowling combination seemed to work at the start of the Ranchi ODI. Mohammed Shami took the wickets, Jaydev Unadkat was tight, ad for the first time in the series India kept Australia to under 300. The two quicks could retain their places, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar possibly replacing the profligate R Vinay Kumar.

India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ R Vinay Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Mohammed Shami

Australia have played the same XI in the first four games, and are likely to do so again.

Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey (capt.), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty

Stats and trivia

  • The last - and the only - time India and Australia decided to play in Cuttack, rain joined in, and the captains couldn't even come out for the toss.
  • If he scores another 196 runs in his next three innings, Virat Kohli will be the fastest man to 5,000 ODI runs. He has played 111 innings so far; Viv Richards reached 5,000 in his 114th innings.

Quotes

"We are 2-1 behind, so we want to win a match whenever we get an opportunity. It's a home series, so obviously everyone wants the match to happen and for us to do well."
Ravindra Jadeja

"Doesn't look good at the moment. That's for sure. We will be very surprised if we get on tomorrow after seeing how wet the grounds were even when coming from the airport to this hotel."
Shane Watson

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KK_Cricket on October 25, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    If its already clear by Thursday morning, that the game on Saturday cannot go ahead, why can't the organisers go back to a venue like Pune and set the game there for Sunday as the 6th game is on Wednesday and Nagpur is pretty close to Pune, which in turn doesn't effect the players/schedule too much. Really not sure if this cannot be done within 48-72 hours gap as it was very obvious on Wednesday night itself that play wont be possible in Cuttack. No backup plans in such a big country by the richest board in the world.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @landl, then what about the match between mumbai indians and highveld lions they moved the match from Ahmedabad to Jaipur when only 3 days were left for the match.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Play called off

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    according to me series was too lengthy lack of management from the money minded boards 5 was more than enuff ..... and so is. with SA Tour very very short 2 test is a joke fr cricket min was to b three.... simply pathetic.

  • landl47 on October 25, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: Yes, the players, officials, TV company and equipment can be moved. Now all you have to do is get tens of thousands of people into the ground, sell them tickets, provide security, arrange for all the services they will need and staff all the facilities to cater for them. Piece of cake? You try it.

    The alternative is to play in front of an empty ground. Since all the original spectators have to be refunded their ticket price, who pays for all the costs involved in moving everybody?

    It's one of those ideas that sounds good until you look at what's involved.

  • dunger.bob on October 25, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    From the sound of it there's been a massive amount of rain and there's nothing anyone can do about that. It's a pity, but we humans can only do so much when we face mother nature.

    It won't happen of course, but I wish some one would call the rest of the series off here and now. Don't get me wrong, it's been an excellent series so far with some tremendous cricket from both sides, it's just that we need our boys back home, now.

    The Brits have landed in Perth and are probably out in the nets starting their acclimatisation as I write this. The way the schedule is, they'll probably get more FC cricket in then our blokes before the first Test. No disrespect to anybody intended, but I know which series (this ODI or the Ashes) I would rather win.

  • Unmesh_cric on October 25, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    I liked Watson's take on all this: "A five-match series is a bit more enjoyable anyway". Good one! This will give a much needed break to the players from both sides...especially to the bowlers. If this match is washed out, I hope India wins the 6th ODI..that way the 7th ODI would be an interesting final to look forward to.

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    BCCI knew that play was unlikely .can they use another venue ?

  • babu.fzs on October 25, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    who will win tommrw !!!!! any1 know

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    In general, this series contain more venues that are bad in statistics for India. I dont think any board would do a series with that kind of venue selection, of course except BCCI. Not sure what they intend to prove or give away for free.... but nature's call reflect majority of fans. So, I'm happy.

  • KK_Cricket on October 25, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    If its already clear by Thursday morning, that the game on Saturday cannot go ahead, why can't the organisers go back to a venue like Pune and set the game there for Sunday as the 6th game is on Wednesday and Nagpur is pretty close to Pune, which in turn doesn't effect the players/schedule too much. Really not sure if this cannot be done within 48-72 hours gap as it was very obvious on Wednesday night itself that play wont be possible in Cuttack. No backup plans in such a big country by the richest board in the world.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @landl, then what about the match between mumbai indians and highveld lions they moved the match from Ahmedabad to Jaipur when only 3 days were left for the match.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Play called off

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    according to me series was too lengthy lack of management from the money minded boards 5 was more than enuff ..... and so is. with SA Tour very very short 2 test is a joke fr cricket min was to b three.... simply pathetic.

  • landl47 on October 25, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: Yes, the players, officials, TV company and equipment can be moved. Now all you have to do is get tens of thousands of people into the ground, sell them tickets, provide security, arrange for all the services they will need and staff all the facilities to cater for them. Piece of cake? You try it.

    The alternative is to play in front of an empty ground. Since all the original spectators have to be refunded their ticket price, who pays for all the costs involved in moving everybody?

    It's one of those ideas that sounds good until you look at what's involved.

  • dunger.bob on October 25, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    From the sound of it there's been a massive amount of rain and there's nothing anyone can do about that. It's a pity, but we humans can only do so much when we face mother nature.

    It won't happen of course, but I wish some one would call the rest of the series off here and now. Don't get me wrong, it's been an excellent series so far with some tremendous cricket from both sides, it's just that we need our boys back home, now.

    The Brits have landed in Perth and are probably out in the nets starting their acclimatisation as I write this. The way the schedule is, they'll probably get more FC cricket in then our blokes before the first Test. No disrespect to anybody intended, but I know which series (this ODI or the Ashes) I would rather win.

  • Unmesh_cric on October 25, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    I liked Watson's take on all this: "A five-match series is a bit more enjoyable anyway". Good one! This will give a much needed break to the players from both sides...especially to the bowlers. If this match is washed out, I hope India wins the 6th ODI..that way the 7th ODI would be an interesting final to look forward to.

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    BCCI knew that play was unlikely .can they use another venue ?

  • babu.fzs on October 25, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    who will win tommrw !!!!! any1 know

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    In general, this series contain more venues that are bad in statistics for India. I dont think any board would do a series with that kind of venue selection, of course except BCCI. Not sure what they intend to prove or give away for free.... but nature's call reflect majority of fans. So, I'm happy.

  • Lmaotsetung on October 25, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    I thought rain was only an English thing only as many would have you believe especially Indian fans.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    @Sidharth: Funny narration. But good justification for a usekess series... which is doing no good in any front. It should have been un advertised friendly One- Day series in stead if ODI. Nature should have its final say reflecting what fans are un in their minds.

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Sidh78 I am seriously laughing are you serious about said.Ranchii had some swing and bounce helped by overcast conditions and Shami bowled well.India's lead spinner Ashwin was taken to cleaners Jaddu bowled well thats it Indian spinners havent anything great to boast about and with regard to flat tracks my dear sir remember if not for flat track India would not have chased 360 runs with ease the sole match we won and boast how good your batting had Oz bowled in the overcast conditions in Ranchi 295 and India nowayz so next you comment get your facts right.By the way I am a Indian myself

  • sidh78 on October 25, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    god save the austria team from defeat.last match shows aus can not play spin bowling. if india did not give flat wicket insted of turning pitches then it will be white wash for aus just like test series

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    cant BCCI spend some few lakhs of rupees in coving the whole outfield during monsoon seasons!!! or atleast the OCA should have taken some Pro active measurel last week when the cyclone crossed!!! Though refunding is there athuku 15 days interest enna achuu!!! :)

  • gyanesh.dan on October 25, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    oppsss! feeling sad hearing the news of rainfall prediction on Saturday..in cuttack....

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    When we know for sure that no play is possible, why can't we shift to another location? If the broadcaster need time to re-fix their equipments and cameras, shift the math to the next day; as simple as that.

    Nowadays, charted flights are available at very short notice to shift not only men, but also the equipments.

    And BCCI do have the money!

  • sapnil2000 on October 25, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    i wonder how many match india play per year. when other country get hardly 5 or 10 matches, india is playing 100 matches. its ridiculous. lorgat says something and whole BCCI is now against him.

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    BCCI should employ some stuff who have some brain and with some knowledge of cricket and indian weather rather than powerful politician. Every one knows that during these period in particular part of india there is NORTH EAST monsoon . these is not first time where incorrect cricket has been scheduled. Please Use Brain not power.

  • Nampally on October 25, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    India should have alternate choice of grounds ready where the chances of rain are remote. Moving the match to Mumbai or Hyderabad would have been an alternative in this case- as places sufficiently removed from Cuttack or Ranchi. BCCI should give serious thoughts to it. Also inclusion of built in "Rain day" alternatives to these matches should be given a serious thought. There is a 3 day gap between the ODI matches & the day after the match day could have been designated as "Rain day". Lastly covered or retractable stadiums as used in American Baseball League is the third but more expensive best alternate. Tennis match venues have included this alternative- why not Cricket follow the suit?. There is plenty of revenues from IPL to reinvest & the 8 IPL teams should give thought to this alternative. Even Crowd would be pleased to enjoy the matches fully protected from the weather. It will also allow the matches to be played at any time - day or Night. Greater crowds & revenues possible.

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Can we have a match in Mohali / Jaipur / Pune?? These grounds are already prepared..

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    bad news

  • StrangeWays on October 25, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @roopesh roy lol.. The BCCI don't want to spend money on drainage what makes you think they will invest in a roof. Can you imagine the cost of doing that and for the occasional game.

  • nainil0683 on October 25, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    BCCI has truck loads of money. Can't they make arrangements at least a week in advance to cover the entire ground where the games are scheduled. How much money will it cost? Such a shame for all the spectators who bought tickets wasting hours in line, as well as fans all over the world. Hope BCCI takes note of this.

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (October 25,2013) It is quite unfortunate to know that there will not be any possibility of match taking place tomorrow since the conditions are not good enough to conduct the match.Let us hope for the best to happen for India.

  • StrangeWays on October 25, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Goog news... This is Karma for the BCCI! Hope it rains for the 6th and 7th too!

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Whatever be the result of the series, it rises at least 2 question, 1st: that why don't the cricket board consider the weather forecast well in advance as these are monsoons times in eastern region and 2nd point why don't we consider roof covered stadiums in some if not most of them. After all our cricketing board is the richest. It will solve the washout problem of the matches. take the example of docklands Stadium in Melbourne, only one of its kind in cricketing arena. so by frequent changes in country and world climatic conditions we should consider building roof covered stadiums. after all each and every match is important for the players and the spectators. and i wish India will win this series by 3-2.

  • BigINDFan on October 25, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    7 ODI series is too long so nature is making it right by cutting down to 5 match series. 3-5 ODIs and 3 T20 series is a better balance.

    I don't care if Ind win or lose this series as long as they can settle on a good bowling combo for the 2015 WC.

    It is pathetic that Ishant and Vinay kumar are given such a long run. Shami and Unadkat should have teamed with Bhuvi after the 1st match. Ind would be leading 2-1 by now.

  • PPL11 on October 25, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Thats it its official now that match is cancled - As shown on new channels

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    dkartik dhawan pujara kohli sehwag dhoni jadeja/rahane ashwin/bhajjan zaheer umesh yadav shami ahmed irfan pathan/b kumar suresh raina/manoj tiwary

    for a sa tour that's a perfect balanced side top 16 players today

  • Temuzin on October 25, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Jadeja has bowled all his 40 overs at 4.85 an over, by some distance the best economy-rate among the specialist bowlers in this high-scoring series.

    And a few people are still calling Jadeja to be dropped. how ironical.

  • Valavan on October 25, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Seems Aussies will seal it in Nagpur. Good for ODI cricket. cricinfo please publish

  • anupkeni on October 25, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    BCCI should have hold these two matches in Ahmedabad/Vadodara or Indore/Gwalior instead of Ranchi/Cuttack at this time of the year. But it is to late now and only an afterthought. Washout in Cuttack just as in Ranchi is inevitable. India now will need to win in Nagpur and Bangalore to win this series 3-2.

  • SirViv1973 on October 25, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    To those asking why the game cannot be moved. Pitches take weeks to prepare & I doubt there is one anywhere near Cuttuck that is suitable.

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @ DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement drainage systems are never good enough to stop rains :D

  • BMDeep on October 25, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    @ drs_flawed : I dont know where u r from. If u r from Ind, U wud be able to know dat Odisha,d part of d country which d game will b played tmrw is suffering from worst flood nd cyclone in 20 yrs.Its been raining from past 15 days with exception on 1 r2 days.I would really like to enlighten u dat so called drainage systems are meant for showers which last for 2-3 hrs. Not for down pours lasting for weeks.

    @ KK_Cricket : I guess it is not so feasible as ODI's require a large amount of planning with both with man and machinery to move it to some other place at the last moment.

    Lastly,it is very unfortunate that the climate in cuttack is nt so conductive fr match at dis pt of time.I live closely to dat area nd recent disasters brought so much human loss and financial losses to the ppl. It wud have been a good morale booster for the ppl of odisha had this match been played but as I said, it was very unfortunate. But we have to praise d efforts of d officials in trying so many things.

  • blthndr on October 25, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement....hey mate its been continuos rain for 4-5 days....and there is flood situation in odisha due to rain..n u r blaming bcci for it....u just cant do anything about...nobody can beat the nature......just chill..

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    The cry of 5 match series should rest in peace now.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Knowing that the weather has been so awful jn cuttack from the very first day of this series, they could have made arrangemnets, but oh well they dont want to bend the rules and waste time after a ground that is so unlikely conduct a match.

  • ladycricfan on October 25, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Why can't they play in another venue?

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    india will win the series 3-2

  • anshu.s on October 25, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Well that will be a great pity for Cricket loving public of Odisha if if it is compleately rained out but tomorrow night there is the season's "El Classico" Madrid vs Barcelona !!!

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on October 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    bcci with huge money dont have proper drainage system in any single ground. Shame.

  • Rohit-Sen on October 25, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Cricket Gods telling BCCI - enough of this 7 series meaninglessly long serious... Better cut them into a reasonable number and play some test matches also!!!

  • Rohit-Sen on October 25, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Cricket Gods telling BCCI - enough of this 7 series meaninglessly long serious... Better cut them into a reasonable number and play some test matches also!!!

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on October 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    bcci with huge money dont have proper drainage system in any single ground. Shame.

  • anshu.s on October 25, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Well that will be a great pity for Cricket loving public of Odisha if if it is compleately rained out but tomorrow night there is the season's "El Classico" Madrid vs Barcelona !!!

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    india will win the series 3-2

  • ladycricfan on October 25, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Why can't they play in another venue?

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Knowing that the weather has been so awful jn cuttack from the very first day of this series, they could have made arrangemnets, but oh well they dont want to bend the rules and waste time after a ground that is so unlikely conduct a match.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    The cry of 5 match series should rest in peace now.

  • blthndr on October 25, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement....hey mate its been continuos rain for 4-5 days....and there is flood situation in odisha due to rain..n u r blaming bcci for it....u just cant do anything about...nobody can beat the nature......just chill..

  • BMDeep on October 25, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    @ drs_flawed : I dont know where u r from. If u r from Ind, U wud be able to know dat Odisha,d part of d country which d game will b played tmrw is suffering from worst flood nd cyclone in 20 yrs.Its been raining from past 15 days with exception on 1 r2 days.I would really like to enlighten u dat so called drainage systems are meant for showers which last for 2-3 hrs. Not for down pours lasting for weeks.

    @ KK_Cricket : I guess it is not so feasible as ODI's require a large amount of planning with both with man and machinery to move it to some other place at the last moment.

    Lastly,it is very unfortunate that the climate in cuttack is nt so conductive fr match at dis pt of time.I live closely to dat area nd recent disasters brought so much human loss and financial losses to the ppl. It wud have been a good morale booster for the ppl of odisha had this match been played but as I said, it was very unfortunate. But we have to praise d efforts of d officials in trying so many things.

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @ DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement drainage systems are never good enough to stop rains :D