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Ind vs Aus, Hyderabad

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to wet outfield (no toss)

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Nope, doesn't look like they're planning on giving out the trophy as well. The buses have apparently left the ground. Wonder who's taken the trophy with them. Only fair that we leave too. So, India have a few days to themselves before the Kiwis come over. The Aussies, a few domestic weeks before the English come over. That's all the rain updates we could bring to you..ta ta!!

The visuals coming in show a half buried ball, portions of the square dug up and a carpenter's delight - sawdust sprayed all over. The pitch was always good to go mind you, but an outfield as wet could never allow a game. The soft outfield can stop the cricket, it cannot stop us from having sermons with the captains. Stay on, the trophy is set to be shared.

20:20 Local Time: News - The match is called off. Oh dear, all the excitement that was building up for the supposed decider has evaporated. But what hasn't evaporated is the water from the outfield - the global warming floods that we witnessed a couple of days ago has claimed another casualty, a game of cricket, a series at stake. A shame for the crowds as well, who've patiently waited for over a couple of hours. Alas.

20.15 local: 29851 of them are at the ground and they refuse to budge. They're entertaining themselves with Mexican waves. The players meanwhile are bored playing football and batting wrong handed. There's only so much you can do to compensate the public without cricket. So..they are inside. And we wait. And wait some more. We're hearing there'd be an inspection shortly, brace yourselves.

19:40 Local Time: Prakash with an update - "It has suddenly got very windy. The groundstaff are bringing the covers but for some reason they are waiting. The stumps are still in place." Now the pitch has been covered. "More ground staff look ready to run in, in case rain arrives," Prakash adds.

Our 'biggest' source, Harsha Bhogle's twitter handle, sends us an update, just when the inspection should've been done - 'Serious discussion going on with the captains.' And the host broadcasters give us similar pictures. The umpires and the officials are in a circle, animated. And the inspection has been pushed over to 19.45 local time.

19:02 Local Time: When match referee Sir Richie Richardson pressed his heel to test the outfield that is close to the pitch, he dug up a big hole. It's very, very soft.

18:55 Local Time: The track, as has always been the case here, seems to have help for the pacers. Sunil Gavaskar reckons to Brett Lee in the Pitch Report that the new ball will be crucial and that the track should be good for stroke-making once the batsmen weather the early storm. That was one thing that the Indians couldn't do in the last game and it cost them dearly. No prizes for guessing what the captain winning the toss will want to do.

The groundstaff are still seen repairing the outfield. And the football continues... "Football meanwhile has shifted on the other side of the boundary line - dugout is being used as the goal which Dhoni is guarding," pings Prakash.

Both captains might be tempted to bowl first because of the weather around, but the pitch is supposedly good for batting in general. Australia's main aim would be to see off the new ball and then they have the power-hitters to post a big total. Given the conditions at the venue, will India play an extra pacer in place of a spinner? Will the soon-retiring Ashish Nehra get a game? Mind you, he's quitting all forms of cricket after India's next T20I - the first of three T20s against New Zealand on November 1.

As and when the game begins, India would want to test their middle-order. The likes of Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav need to take more responsibility and score a sizeable amount of runs to bolster the batting line-up. Meanwhile, it's been officially announced in the press box that the umpires will inspect at 19:00. Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni and Kedar take this opportunity to play some football.

We are getting news that the outfield isn't match-fit yet and we will have a delayed start for sure. The umpires are likely to hold an inspection around 19:00 local time. We will wait for the official word though. "Even now the ground staff are busy putting saw dust in a lot of those patches that I mentioned before," pings Prakash. Understandably, with all the rain in Hyderabad over the last few days, the outfield isn't looking in great shape. Let's hope that those dark clouds escape us too.

We have seen during the IPL that the pitch at Uppal generally has a bit of bounce in it. With a bit of overcast conditions, there must be some juice for the fast bowlers to enjoy. Talking about juice, how well did a bloke called Jason Behrendorff exploit a fresh pitch in Guwahati. In a matter of about 20 minutes he had four wickets against his name and left India rattled. It was a great test for the Indian batsmen, albeit they failed as a unit. They could not see off a tough phase - where the ball was seaming around and bouncing extra - post which the dew set in to make batting a lot more easier. Although they lost the game, the Indian management will be slightly happy with the fact that they were faced a solid test.

"Hello from Hyderabad. Lots of dark clouds, but no rain yet at the stadium. Saw the ground staff filling up a lot of slightly wet patches in the outfield with saw dust. Quite a few such patches," he says.

17:45 Local Time: There was a lot of excitement in David Warner's voice when asked about playing the decider in Hyderabad. Yes, the City of Pearls is home away from home for the stand-in Aussie skipper, who has helped the Sunrisers taste success a number of times at this very venue. He knows the conditions in and out and would have passed on a lot of knowledge about the oval. There is a bit of rain threat for this highly-anticipated encounter, so let's cut across to our own Prakash - who also happens to be a local lad - for more information.

Preview by Prakash Govindasreenivasan

David Warner and Australia's quest to end their India tour on a high has landed them in a territory highly familiar to the skipper. Just three days after their first meaningful victory (and second on the tour) in the context of the series, they've travelled down to a city whose affection for Warner has multiplied over the last few of years.

When the Aussie skipper uttered "hopefully the crowd gets behind us in Hyderabad" after their series-levellng win in Guwahati on Tuesday, he wasn't merely pushing his luck. In recent times, the crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium has reserved its loudest cheer for 'its' Indian Premier League captain, who has been nothing short of Sunrisers' talisman, even bringing them title glory in 2016.

Don't rule out the outpouring of love even when he turns up in Australia's yellow instead of the Sunrisers' orange, on Friday (October 13). But it's not just Warner's den where the two teams are meeting; the game will be a brief Hyderabad reunion for three other Sunrisers players - Moises Henriques, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Besides the obvious geographical connect, this game is also the exact sort of fixture that the visitors have yearned for throughout their time in India. The feeling of being on par with the home side before heading into the last fixture must be liberating, but the pressure is bound to hit crescendo in the tour finale.

Australia looked rather comfortable in their (small) chase in Guwahati, but that was purely down the performance of their bowlers - who've done very little wrong in the last four weeks. Jason Behrendorff's sensational debut performance doesn't mask the fact that Australia's middle order is still shaky. After Glenn Maxwell's failure in Ranchi, Warner had to put his Sunrisers cap on and promote Henriques to No. 3 - a move that worked on the day. Yet, there is a sense of brittleness to Australia's batting order from positions 3 to 7.

As it turns out, India don't seem all too sorted in that same department either. After a top three of Rohit Sharma, Dhawan and Virat Kohli - who happened to score his first T20I duck on Tuesday - India's next four don't inspire too much confidence either.

India and Australia have taken turns at batting poorly to gift a win to each other in the T20I series. They've both owned the exact same measly first-innings score (118) in their respective defeats and don't appear to have well-rounded plans for T20 success - as evidenced by their current standing in the ICC T20I rankings (India - 5th, Australia - 6th). Friday's game thus, doesn't just give the winner a T20I trophy, but also the chance to shine out few of the many rough edges that both teams possess.

What to expect: Rain and Thunderstorms. The entire week leading up to the game has been about bright sunshine and incredibly heavy rain taking turns. On the eve of the fixture, the stadium did not see a drop of rain in the first half of the day, while several other parts of the city received heavy downpour. The forecast for match day, particularly from 7 PM IST onwards, appears rather grim.

Team News:

India

Ashish Nehra's announcement of his upcoming departure from the game on November 1 is unlikely to force Kohli to give him a game, considering it is a series decider and the fact that Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah have formed together an able bowling pair to lead India at the start and the death overs.

One possible change that the team management could ponder over is slotting in either KL Rahul or Dinesh Karthik - both of who batted in the nets on the eve of the game. Either one of them can be slotted in at No. 4 in place of Manish Pandey to add some stability to a top order that had single digit scores in Guwahati.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey/KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Australia

Daniel Christian, who was dropped for the second T20I, got some batting practice but it seems unlikely that Australia will tinker with a combination that earned them such a clinical victory on Tuesday.

Probable XI: David Warner(c), Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine(wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

Did you know?

David Warner has scored the most runs in T20 matches in Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad - 1291 runs from 27 innings at 61.48 with two hundreds and 11 fifties.

A win in the third T20I would give India their 11th win against Australia - the joint-most by any team against any opponent.

Virat Kohli has now been dismissed for a duck in each of the three formats against Australia this year.

What they said:

"It was nice to be in a winning partnership. As batters, you want to be there and win games for Australia. And we were able to do that. With the series on the line, hopefully someone can do it. Hopefully, it's me again." - Travis Head is eager to be in the thick of the action again in the decider.

"Last two-three years has been a great journey. I always feel it is not how you start, but how you finish." - the retiring Ashish Nehra got a bit philosophical as he spoke of the second wind in his career that came at the start of January 2016.

Teams:

India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Ashish Nehra

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

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