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5th ODI between India and Sri Lanka abandoned due to ‘dangerous’ playing surface


Tillakaratne Dilshan collapses after taking a blow to the elbow on a dangerous pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, 2009.

The fifth and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka has been abandoned due to an unfit playing surface after 23.3 overs.

Steep, uneven bounce produced unplayable and dangerous conditions for the batsman.

Several Sri Lankan batsman including Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya took serious blows to the body before play was eventually called off.

A full house at Delhi could be heared jeering and booing in disappointment.

The umpires and officials at the ground are currently inspecting the adjacent pitch. That too however looks under prepared with blotches of unshaven grass.

The broadcasters who are wired into the current pitch also face issues if the officials decide to play on the adjacent surface.

Scores: Sri Lanka 83/5 (23.3 ov) – Thilina Kandamby 12 not out, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara 7 not out.

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