England tour of India - Cricket: Play abandoned, India wins series 1-0
Published: Sunday, December 23, 2001, 16:55 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Scorecard of Test 3
Bangalore: India won the home series against England 1-0 after the rain-hit third and final Test ended in a draw without a ball being bowled on the fifth day on Sunday.Heavy overnight rain left the outfield at the Chinnaswamy Stadium wet and slippery, forcing umpires A Jayaprakash and Asoka De Silva to abandon the match at 11:00 hrs (IST).The umpires had initially indicated they would wait till 02:00 pm local time, but decided to call it off three hours early after rain set in.More than 10 hours of play was lost due to bad weather on the first four days, frustrating England's hopes of squaring the series. When play ended on Saturday, England was 131 runs ahead with all 10 second innings wickets standing.India won the first Test at Mohali by 10 wickets while the second at Ahmedabad ended in a draw.England flies home later on Sunday for a Christmas break and return to India on January 12 for a series of six One-day Internationals.