The final Twenty20 International match between India and Australia was called off without a ball being bowled on Friday due to a wet outfield at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad. As a result of the abandonment, the three-match T20 series ended tied 1-1. The two captains Virat Kohli and David Warner, umpires and match officials decided that no play could be possible because of a soft outfield. According to the umpires, the outfield was so sodden that there was no real chance of play despite the fact that it did not rain for quite a while.
After the match was delayed, the ground at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was inspected three times but despite all efforts from the groudstaff play was not possible.
The moment the match was cancelled, social media was flooded with reactions criticising BCCI for not having a proper drainage system at the stadium followed by poor infrastructure. While one tweet read, "HCA has poor Infrastructure. Administrators with no sports sense are ruining the beautiful game of cricket. Shame on @BCCI ! #INDvAUS," there were others who were critical of the scheduling of the matches during the monsoon season.
Bad scheduling. Whn monsoons stay in South till 15th Oct how could they schedule match in Hyd? Could have played it in North India #INDvAUS— Uttarabhadra (@SaysItSo) October 13, 2017
Hyderabad has been receiving heavy rains for more than a week now and the Met office had predicted rain for today as well.
With no reserve day in place, India and Australia will share the trophy. India won the first T20I by 9 wickets which was also a rain-curtailed match in Ranchi. Visitors came back strongly in the second T20I and won the match convincingly by 8 wickets at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
(With PTI Inputs)