IND-AUS: Play called off due to rain
24 October, 2013
RANCHI: The fourth One Day International (ODI) between India and Australia has been abandoned due to unseasonal rain at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on Wednesday, Our Sources reported.
Rain has washed out the Ranchi ODI after 4.1 overs of India's chase, ensuring the series moved 2-1 in favour of Australia to Cuttack.
There had been a brief shower soon after the match began, but it dissipated to allow Australia to complete their innings.
But the second installment was heavier and prolonged, and though it relented with enough time to squeeze in a 20-over chase, the umpires ruled the outfield had been rendered too soggy to allow any play.
India after winning the toss invited Australia to bat first and Rightarm fast bowler Mohammed Shami with his opening burst dismissed the top order of visitors leaving them at 32 for 3.
George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell revived Australia after early collapsed adding 153 runs in 22.4 overs to lift the score but after both fell in their nineties to Vinay Kumar, Australia's lower order was able to add only 57 in the last ten overs.
Captain Bailey scored 98 runs while Maxwell played a handy knock of 92 runs that came on just 77 balls.
Bailey and Maxwell hardly allowed the spinners to settle, and were also presented with regular long hops. India weren't able to exert pressure at all on the duo, who turned the strike over consistently.
But the lower order wasn't able to improvise their efforts and was able to add only 57 runs in the last ten overs.
James Faulkner, who punished Ishant Sharma by scoring 30 runs in his over played a watchful inning of 23 off 29 balls and remained unbeaten.
Indian openers went off to a quick start and scored 27 runs in just 4.1 overs before the rain stopped the play and umpire called off the play due to rain.