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ICC rates Indore's Holkar stadium 'poor', venue gets 3 demerit points

Rating to remain active for five years rolling period

Travis-head-afp Travis Head (second right) greets Umesh Yadav (right) and Australia's Marnus Labuschagne (left) greets Virat Kohli (second left) after Australia beat India in the third Test match in Indore | AFP

The ICC on Friday rated the pitch used for the third Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test match at the Holkar Stadium as "poor" after Australia beat India by nine wickets in a little over two days.

The poor rating also earned Indore, three demerit points and will remain active for five years rolling period.

India was all out for 109 and 163 in their two innings while Australia managed 197 in their first essay before knocking off the required 76 runs for a win on the third morning.

"ICC Match Referee Chris Broad submitted his report to the ICC expressing the concerns of the match officials and after consulting with captains of both teams. Following the assessment, the venue has received three demerit points," the release issued by the global body stated.

The report has been forwarded to the BCCI, who now have 14 days if they wish to appeal against the sanction.

Broad said, "The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start.

"The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface providing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match."

India had lost seven wickets in the first session itself with the ball turning square during the opening half an hour.


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