Final ODI between India, Australia washed out

BY foxsports • November 11, 2009

The seventh and final one-day international between India and Australia was called off without a ball being bowled Wednesday because of a water-logged ground following heavy rain from a cyclone. Cyclone Phyan had subsided over Mumbai but the umpires decided no play was possible after conducting two inspections of D.Y. Patil Stadium. Australia clinched the series 4-2 to repeat its 2007 winning performance in its last ODI series in India. This series had several close matches, including two that the Australians won in the final over. Despite losing five players to injury during the series, Australia also avenged its loss to India in last year's tri-series at home. Australia allrounder Shane Watson was awarded the best player of the series for his performances with the bat and ball. Captain Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey scored runs too, while the inexperienced Shaun Marsh and Doug Bollinger also did well. Pace bowlers Brett Lee and Peter Siddle and allrounders Moises Henriques and James Hopes broke down amid a debate over whether too much cricket is being played. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who replaced the injured Brad Haddin, was also hurt. The second-ranked India team performed poorly due to inconsistent form from its top-order batsmen and wayward pace bowlers.