Wednesday, November 11, 2009

India-Australia 7th ODI delayed due to rain

Betting Online - The seventh and final One Day International between India and Australia was delayed due to persistent rains in Mumbai on Wednesday.

With heavy rains showing no signs of relenting, the match is unlikely to go ahead.

The final decision is expected at 5 p.m. IST, which is the cut-off time. Both the teams have been instructed to stay inside the hotel.

The square and the surrounding areas have been put under cover and the wet field is soggy.

If the match is abandoned, Australia will win the series 4-2 after coming back strongly from a 1-2 deficit and went on to win three consecutive matches to pocket the series.

The unrelenting rains have been lashing Mumbai from Tuesday night and converted the D Y Patil stadium, the venue of the match, into a water pool.

The Indian morale hit a low following successive losses at Mohali, Hyderabad and Guwahati against what is essentially a very inexperienced Australian bowling line-up.

A victory in Mumbai could have be the ideal tonic for India before they lock horns with Sri Lanka in the longest format of the game from November 16 in Ahmedabad, but that would be possible only if weather gods do not play spoilsport.

The rains, which started just past noon on Tuesday, did not allow the Indian team to practice while the Australian team managed to do theirs in the morning.

The main reason for India's slump against an injury-ravaged Australia is lack of consistency in both batting and bowling. - Sports Gambling

While the Indian top order has fired only in fits and starts, with the blazing hundreds from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, who also completed 17,000 ODI runs in the process, being the shining beacons, the bowling too has not performed in total.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 ODI Schedule(Timetable)- Logo- Host: Inidia, Srilanka & Bangladesh

Betting Odds - Bangladesh will host India in the first match of the 2011 World Cup, the International Cricket Council have announced.
India, set to stage 29 of the 49 matches across eight venues including a quarter-final, a semi-final and the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, will tra-vel across the border for their first match on February 19.

Sri Lanka, the other co-hosts, will stage 12 matches – including a quarter-final and a semi-final – while Bangladesh will host the opening ceremony on February 17 and the remainder of the matches, including two quarter-finals.
The 2011 tournament will be a week shorter than the 2007 tournament in the Caribbean.
Sri Lanka will unveil two venues during the course of the tournament – Hambantota and Pallekele – and will take on Canada in their first match at Hambantota on February 20.

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara is of the opinion that the two new venues would boost cricket in Sri Lanka. - Gambling Online

“Everybody in Sri Lanka is excited about the new venues,” he said.

“Pallekele [situated in the hill country of the Central Province] is just outside Kandy, and Hambantota is situated close to a beach.”
Pakistan, stripped of hosting rights over security concerns, will play their group matches in Sri Lanka and travel to India only if they reach the knockout rounds.

Click to download the schedule for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup