Wet outfield forces IND v AUS T20I series to be shared

Match summary: India vs Australia 3rd T20

Wet outfield, and not rain, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, forced the abandonment of the 3rd T20I between India and Australia, with the three-match T20I series being shared 1-1.

The toss was scheduled to take place at 18:30 IST, but even before the toss time, the umpires scheduled an inspection at 19:00 IST to relook the soggy outfield. But even at that time, the state of the outfield had not improved and if the match went ahead, the players will have been at risk of suffering serious lower-body injuries. This aspect, as is always the case when the outfield is wet and naturally dangerous, must have been of concern to the match officials, who spoke to the two captains, Virat Kohli and David Warner, for lengthy periods every time they inspected the ground.

After the 19:00 IST inspection, they scheduled one more at 19:45 IST. Before the two umpires could come out, a slight drizzle forced the pitch to be covered and the condition of the outfield didn’t improve either. At around 20:20 IST, the 3rd India vs Australia T20 was called off.

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