Final ODI abandoned
India clinch series 3-1:
The fifth and final one day match between India and Sri Lanka was
called off after 23.3 overs as the pitch in Ferozeshah Kotla was deemed
dangerous and unfit for play.
Sri Lanka which had already lost the series 3–1 were put in to bat
and were 83 for 5 when a ball from debutant seamer Sudeep Tyagi bounced
alarmingly and almost cleared wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Sangakkara then gestured to the two batsmen in the middle Kandambi
and Pushpakumara to speak to the umpires. Subsequently match referee
Alan Hurst of Australia walked to the middle and spoke to the umpires,
Marais Erasmus of South Africa and Shavir Tarapore of India. Sri Lankan
captain Kumar Sangakkara too joined and after Indian skipper Dhoni was
also summoned for a mid field discussion play was abandoned.
Suggestions to re play the game in the adjoining pitch with a reduced
number of overs did not materials as that pitch too had too much of
grass in it, leaving some 40,000 home fans at the stadium disappointed.
Earlier two Sri Lankan batsmen, Tillakaratne Dilshan was hit in the
elbow from a delivery from Nereh in the 10th over while Sanath
Jayasuriya, who made the highest score of 31 in the match were hit on
the body by balls that rose after pitching, while some other deliveries
Incidentally Jayasuriya was yesterday completed 20 years of playing
Sri Lanka suffed a major blow in the first ball itself when inform
batsman Upul Tharanga was bowled round his legs by Khan. Dilshan
followed him being adjudged LBW to Harbhajan for 20.
More disaster was in store for the visitors when skipper Sangakkara
drove apishly towards cover for Raina to take catch giving the first
international wicket to Tyagi.
Tilan Samaraweera hesitating and gong for a run found his ground
short to a super direct hit from Kohli. With half of the side gone for
63 Pushpakumara and Kandamby added 20 runs.
Kandamby was unbeaten on 12 and Muthumudalige Pushpakumara was on
seven when play was stopped. Khan once again impressed taking two
wickets while Harbhajan also was among the wickets.
Due to groin injury Jayawardane was replaced while out of form
Malinga was not considered in place of Welegedara and debutant
Pushpakumara. In a1997 too a one day match was abandoned between the two
teams in Indore, India due the same reasons. Just three overs of play
were possible in that ODI and the venue was banned for two years from
hosting any international match. The DDCA-governed Feroz Shah Kotla
could also draw the same penalty from the International Cricket Council
With over an hour’s delay and no play, the crowd started to shout
slogans against the DDCA and threw seat covers and water bottles into
This is the second successive embracement the Indian cricket
suffered. In the previous match at Eden gardens which was partly shut
for renovations was halted for more than 20 minutes as the flood lights