There was rain and thunderstorm forecast for the match day, but even as neither made an appearance, the condition of the outfield wasn't good enough for the match to start. The third T20 match will be a decider as India and Australia are tied at 1-1. The match has been called off with the umpires deeming the damp ground beyond fix in time for a five-overs-a-side match.
The third and deciding Twenty20 global between India and Australia was abandoned without a ball being bowled after officials called off play due to a wet outfield in Hyderabad Friday. Virat Kohli and David Warner are having a chat with with match officials. The pitch inspection has been further delayed from 7:00 Pm to 7:45 Pm IST.
This is the second time the Men in Blue shared a T20 series with Australia. The city has been consistently receiving rains through the week, throwing normal life out of gear. India and Australia have won one match each in the three-match series. According to sources, pedestal fans had been used on the eve of the match to dry the outfield. However, Curator YL Chandrasekhar said the recent rain has not affected the wicket.
However, more than 29,000 spectators who came to watch the match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium had to go back without witnessing any cricket.
The T20 series was preceded by a five-match ODI series which India won 4-1.
The action has shifted to the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad today for the series-deciding clash.
The hosts will heavily rely on their hard-hitting batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.