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Organizers use helicopter to dry field

A helicopter was used to dry the wet Nehru Stadium outfield for the fifth ODI, but it became apparent the ground needed sunshine to be rendered playable.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 15:31 IST

Organizers called in a helicopter on Sunday in a bid to dry the wet Nehru Stadium outfield for the fifth limited-overs international between India and England, but were frustrated as it became apparent the ground needed sunshine to be rendered playable.

The start of play could not be decided even after four inspections by umpires Rudi Koertzen from South Africa and Arani Jayaprakash of India.

The wet outfield was caused by persistent rain over the past week.

The helicopter was brought in as the grounds staff's work was not enough to make the pitch ready for play.

"There are several wet areas in the outfield that make it risky for the players. We'll wait and watch how things go," Koertzen said. "Play must begin at the halfway stage to accommodate the minimum 25 overs each side."

Jayaprakash said the soil in this part of India did not dry quickly.

"The helicopter can only help to a certain extent, but the ground seems to require sunshine," said Jayaprakash. The rain stopped Sunday morning, but the sky was overcast and thundershowers were forecast in the afternoon.

India lead 4-0 in the seven-match series.