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The outfield was deemed too wet to play on
The highly anticipated fifth ODI between India and Australia in Cuttack ended in disappointment as the match was called off due to heavy rain and a wet outfield.
Despite the weather being bright and sunny today, match referee Roshan Mahanama deemed the outfield too wet to play on after inspecting the pitch at 11am.
The match was already looking doubtful to go ahead a few days ago due to heavy rain falling over Cuttack for the past week.
The Odisha Cricket Association released a statement yesterday, which noted that the ground was “completely water-logged and the chances of it drying up are extremely remote”.
The Odisha Cricket Association even tried using helicopters to dry the ground, but it was no good.
“The operators of the helicopters visited the ground and expressed that they could dry the pitch but were unable to remove the mud that has accumulated through the playing area,” the statement said.
Australia lead the series 2-1 after the fourth ODI in Ranchi was also abandoned due to rain.