India, Australia 3rd T20I match called off

Even before the match, there were speculations of rain and thunderstorm.

A solid week of rain had left the outfield sodden an unsuitable for play with most at the ground resigned to the match being abandoned nearly as soon as they arrived. The frustration was palpable around the stadium as the spectators threw bottles on to the ground the moment the giant screens flashed "Match called off" around 8.23 pm. The match scheduled to begin at 7 pm is likely to be threatened by possible light to moderate showers as per weather forecasts.

The third and final Twenty20 worldwide between India and Australia at Hyderabad was abandoned due to wet outfield.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Australia s stand-in captain David Warner shared the honours with the series ending drawn 1-1. Though there were no showers in and around Uppal stadium, the wet outfield, caused due to overnight showers, proved to be a dampener. The city has been consistently receiving rains through the week, throwing normal life out of gear.

India won the rain-hit first T20I after overcoming Australia by nine-wickets in Ranchi. A day before, pedestal fans were used on the same spots to dry those patches in time.

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 T20I series is locked 1-1 after Australia defeated India by eight wickets in the second match at Guwahati on October 10.

Though it has been a regular venue in the IPL, it will be the first time that a T20 worldwide will be played here.

India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.


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