Margao, Oct 24 (PTI) The third and final ODI between India and Australia was today abandoned without a ball being bowled due to wet outfield caused by overnight rains to give the hosts a 1-0 series victory, their first in over two decades.
With the abandonment of today's ODI, the second such case in the three-match series, Australia returned home without winning a single game in their tour of India. They had lost the two-match Test series 0-2 before the ODI series.
India had beaten Australia by five wickets in the second ODI at Visakhapatnam on October 20 while the first match in Kochi on October 17 was washed out.
India thus notched up their first ever whitewash of Australia in both Test and ODI series in the same tour.
This is also the first time that Australia failed to win a single match in the same tour against any country in their history.
India had last won a bilateral ODI series against Australia in 1986-87 when they won 3-2 at home.
Umpires Billy Bowden and Amish Saheba made two inspections of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium ground at 11 am and 12:15 pm before deciding to abandon the match because of the wet conditions in the outfield that persisted despite the sun shining brightly.
In between these two inspections rival skippers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michael Clarke also came out to go around the outfield and were seen having a long discussion with the umpires.
The match was later called off without a ball being bowled, thus making it the second time it has happened at this venue.
The wicket looked in perfect condition but the seepage of rain water through the covers left outfield damp and slippery.
The morning though began with the prospect of a curtailed match being played with the sun shining brightly.
The ground was covered by tarpaulins overnight which protected most parts of it but still there were some seepages at the outfield. Super sopper was employed to suck up the water from the covers.
The match organisers, Goa Cricket Association, have already promised to refund the entire ticket amount through branches of Federal Bank all over India from October 28.
The capacity crowd of 27,000 sat through the entire rigmarole before trooping home disappointed.