Ind vs Aus 4th ODI washed out due to rain
Heavy rain played spoilsport at Ranchi as the fourth ODI between India and Australia was called off after just 4.1 overs of the Indian innings, who were chasing a target of 296. There was a slight drizzle at the start of play, but it didn't hamper the Australian innings as they completed their entire quota of 50 overs.
Earlier, after being put into bat, Australia were pushed on the back foot straightaway with Mohammad Shami's opening spell that fetched India 3 quick wickets. Shami, who replaced Ishant Sharma in the side, ran through the top order that included the in-form Aaron Finch (5), Phil Hughes (11) and the dangerous Shane Watson (14). Australia were 32/3 in the 8th over. Adam Voges (7) fell in the 15th over, leaving the side in tatters.
A tremendous 153-run 5th wicket partnership between George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell in just 22.4 overs revived the Australian innings. India's bowling attack lacked the intensity and the duo cashed in on the opportunity with scores of 98 and 92 respectively, after being dropped on two occasions each. The skipper missed out on a deserving hundred, as Vinay Kumar (2/52) took him out first in the Batting Powerplay, followed by Maxwell. Haddin fell cheaply, but James Faulkner (23) and Mitchell Johnson (25) added some crucial runs to take the Australian total to 295/8 in 50 overs.
Just as India found rhythm in Shikhar Dhawan's 3 boundaries (14) that orchestrated the chase, prolonged showers robbed the spectators of what could have been an interesting 2nd innings. After a thorough inspection at 8.35 pm, play was called off, moving the series 2-1 in Australia's favour.
The 5th ODI between both teams will be played at Cuttack, which is also reportedly facing inclement weather.