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Final ODI at Mumbai abandoned due to rain

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The seventh and final ODI that was supposed to be played at the newly built DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai was abandoned without a single ball bowled due to persistent rain. Australia therefore go home with a series win of 4-2. Their last tour of India also saw one of the 7 ODIs get washed out due to rain. All-rounder Shane Watson was named as the Player of the Series for his consistent performances with both the bat and the ball.

The DY Patil Stadium was to host its first ever One Day International today. It is the third international cricketing venue in Mumbai after the Brabourne Stadium and the Wankhede Stadium. This new stadium has a capacity seating of around 55,000 which is next only to the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

The seventh ODI was always a non-starter as Mumbai City had received a Cyclone threat for the evening. The match was called off at 5:00 PM and even at that time it was still raining. The stadium otherwise has excellent drainage facilities and it needed 3 hours to get back in shape for an international match had the rain stopped at some time. Mumbai was also hosting two other high profile cricket matches in the Board President’s XI Vs Sri Lankans and the Ranji Trophy game between Mumbai and Orissa which also saw no play at all.