Match abandoned over poor pitch

Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 12:35 [IST]
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Match abandoned over poor pitch

Delhi: The final ODI between India and Sri Lanka ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi was abandoned after 24 overs because of an unfit outfield conditions. India win the series 3-1.

After talks between the players, umpires and the match referee, the match called off with Sri Lanka 83/5.


Right from the start, occasional deliveries alarmingly reared up and one such hit Tillakaratne Dilshan on his forearm, leaving him in pain and needing on-field treatment.

But play continued till the 24th over when a Sudeep Tyagi delivery kicked off the pitch and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni struggled to collect it.

Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Kandamby first had a word with Dhoni before he approached the umpires. Umpires Marais Erasmus and Shavir Tarapore soon conferred and Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara was seen gesturing to his teammates from the dressing room.

Subsequently, Match Referee Alan Hurst also walked in and they were joined by Kotla curator Vijay Bahadur Mishra and BCCI Pitch and Grounds Committee chairman Daljit Singh.

Sangakkara also joined them, along with India coach Gary Kirsten and his Sri Lanka counterpart Trevor Bayliss also walked out.

After 70 minutes of deliberations it was finally decided that the match be abandoned.

The last time a game was called off in similar circumstances in India was more than 12 years ago in Indore. Sri Lanka were the visiting team that time, too.


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