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India, Australia 3rd T20I match called off

India, Australia 3rd T20I match called off

Pitch was reportedly fine and a game could have been underway but the outfield was too soft and wet to be played on.

Ultimately they headed home disappointed, with the outfield deemed unsafe for play, to the obvious disappointment of India captain Virat Kohli. The series ends tied 1-1.

Next up for India is a three match home ODI series against New Zealand followed by three T20Is against the same opponents.

Earlier, India won the five-match one-day global series 4-1.

After the match was delayed, the ground at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was inspected three times but despite all efforts from the ground staff play was not possible. Rain can hit in anytime, groundstaff looks prepared for it. The match will begin at 7 pm IST and will be telecast on the Star Sports network. No official confirmation yet about the game.

The hosts will heavily rely on their hard-hitting batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.

Australia: David Warner (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Marcus Stoinis, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (wk), Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye.

Australia and India have had to settle for a 1-1 drawn T20I series after the deciding match in Hyderabad was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

On the bowling front, skipper Virat Kohli might also fancy playing veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, who will retire from worldwide cricket on November 1 in a T20I against New Zealand in Delhi. Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav will add depth to the Indian batting line-up. On the other hand, India might have given chance to a few players in the squad including Ashish Nehra, who recently announced his retirement.

The Indian bowling will be spearheaded by pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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