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India win ODI series after Goa match is called off

Last updated on: October 24, 2010 12:56 IST

The third and final One-Day International between India and Australia, at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Goa, on Sunday, was called off because of a wet outfield.

The umpires, along with match referee Chris Broad, made three inspections of the ground before deciding that the match could not be staged because of the bad outfield conditions.

The result means India win the three-match series1-0. The opening match in Kochi too was also called off due to rain, while India won the second ODI in Visakhapatnam by five wickets.

The umpires had earlier inspected the ground at 0845 and 1100 IST, but decided against calling off the match in the hope of the outfield drying up following bright sunshine in the morning after incessant rain in Goa over the last week.

In the absence of proper drainage and drying facilities, it was nearly impossible for the groundstaff to get the outfield ready despite their best efforts.

There was bright sunshine since morning and fans thronged to the stadium hoping for some action later in the day, but all had to return disappointed.

Earlier, after the second inspection, the game suffered a further setback when the sightscreen at the press box end collapsed. However, quick work by the groundstaff saw re-erected in a matter of 30 minutes.

The Goa Cricket Association had promised to refund ticket-holders if the match is washed out.

"In case it rains and the match gets washed out without a ball being bowled, we will refund the money to the ticket holders. The match is insured for Rs 1 crore," Goa cricket association's president Dayanand Narvekar had said on Saturday.

This is Australia's first ODI series loss in India in over two decades after the the 0-2 drubbing in the Test series.

- For pictures of the sightscreen collapse click here.