India v Australia, 4th ODI, Ranchi October 23, 2013

Washout after Australia make 295

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Match abandoned Australia 295 for 8 (Bailey 98, Maxwell 92, Shami 3-42) v India 27 for 0
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Unseasonal rain in Ranchi washed out the fourth ODI after 4.1 overs of India's chase, ensuring the series moved 2-1 in favour of Australia to Cuttack, which was experiencing more inclement weather. There had been a brief shower soon after the match began, but it dissipated to allow Australia to complete their innings. The second instalment 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.

Before the damp end, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell had revived Australia from 32 for 3 with a massive fifth-wicket stand following Mohammed Shami's opening burst. However, their dismissals in the batting Powerplay robbed the visitors of a 300-plus total for the first time in the series, albeit narrowly. Bailey and Maxwell added 153 in 22.4 overs 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.

Shami's sharp first spell had challenged Australia for the first time in the series with the new ball. The attack, however, lacked the same intensity afterwards. India also put down five catches, and only a couple of them were tough takes. Bailey was put down first ball off Shami by Virat Kohli at third slip, and on 35 by R Ashwin off Vinay, both takeable chances. Maxwell was dropped on 44 by Yuvraj Singh off Jaydev Unadkat, a rather difficult diving opportunity at point, before MS Dhoni reprieved him on 69 behind the stumps off Suresh Raina.

Bailey went on to make his third half-century of the series and India were fortunate to see his back two short of a century, when he top-edged a Vinay long hop. Maxwell kicked on from the cameos he has been getting to inflict punishment on India with a 77-ball 92 before falling lbw.

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. Vinay delivered an entire opening over of gentle looseners, and Bailey drove and pulled him for three boundaries. Maxwell was given plenty of leg-side offerings to indulge in his quick-arm powerful swing. He countered Ashwin's line from round the wicket, powering him for successive reverse-swept boundaries, the first of which went for six.

After India sent the duo back, Dhoni didn't give the ball to any of his seamers, opting for spin for nine of the last ten overs before he brought back Shami for the last one. Australia 's lower order, tied down by Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, promptly took 12 off it, despite atleast three deliveries finding the blockhole.

Bowling at a testing length at pace and generating movement under some cloud cover, Shami had delivered an opening spell of 6-1-21-3. The lowest opening stand for Australia had been 68 so far this series. Shami sent back the openers by the sixth over, and also claimed Shane Watson. India's decision to play a fresh new-ball pair in place of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had paid off. They even managed to avoid leaking runs at the death, but Bailey and Maxwell caused considerable damage in the middle.

When the chase began, Mitchell Johnson sent down a couple of menacing overs filled with bouncers to let India know they were set for a testing evening. Shikhar Dhawan countered by charging and hitting Clint McKay for a couple of fours. And then the rain arrived. Dhoni said after the abandonment that India would have been happy with a 20-over chase with all wickets intact, which would have meant a target around 150. The rain, however, wasn't ready to allow an ODI to be decided by a T20 innings.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ian2208 on October 25, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    So many records being broken by this Australian side. Anyone would think they were really something special. Either that or the wickets are flat like roads and the grounds quite small ........

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 25, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Thank you Faulkner !! You did what Dhoni and our selectors could not do - get rid of Ishant Sharma. Ishant's bowling has been pathetic for last few years. We have good young pacers like Bhuvi, Shami, and maybe Ishwar, Sandeep Sharma, Imtiaz Ahmed, etc. We just need Zaheer Khan to guide and lead them for a year, or two.

  • Valavan on October 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @Iceman29, more than your arrogant comments. I am differing you here. Probably Australia were warming up on Shami, 3 more ODIs for them to expose his weakness. When you compare Kohli and Dhoni to legends , why cant others. Btw i am not an aussie or SL supporter. Speaking about test victories 4 - 0, does that mean you will conquer Aussies, English and saffas in 2014. I dont rather give them a chance as i expect ONLY PACE AND BOUNCE in contrast to your SLOW AND TURN. not just before Monty, Swanny and Andy conquered your legendary greats at your backyard in tests. Dont underestimate anyone, India is just same as Australia who win at home, India will start to face it from SA tour. Unless then enjoy your teams victories against minnows Windies. cricinfo please publish.

  • Harmony111 on October 24, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4:

    For a change I largely agree with most of what you said but one thing that irks me a bit is that when Indians do it it is a question of ethics and when Aussies do it it is a question of having the right of doing it. I am talking about playing matches on flat tracks.

    I am in no mood to open a front here with you but did Aus have young inexp batsmen in the team that was bowled out for 47 in SA? Remember they failed to chase 138 vs NZ in Hobart on a green top. That wasn't a new team either.

  • dummy4fb on October 24, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Jaydev another 125K bowler with no swing, no variety, no yorkers very disappointing. When will our Indian bowlers learn to bowl fast with some venom.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 24, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Harmony111 - Mate, give these young Aussies a break. These are not the legends of not too far back where pitch - flat,dusty,swing/seam etc. - and any bowler of any type didnt matter and was just a matter of bowlers limiting the damage vs these mighty Aus bats. As for your- 'Aus can't play on fast and bouncy wickets and are now preparing flat tracks to hide these gaps' - I just want to say . It is not only Ind and Ind batsmen who have specific rights to play and make merry on flat tracks and its being going on for ages now. For a change let the young Aus guys have some fun batting on flat pitches here in Ind or in Aus . And to add to my point , just about all young int. bats now are 'flat track bullies' as you put it with Ind being still prominent 1s - Aren't they the 1s who get to play most on these flat pitches? My opinion is dont think any thing wrong with Aus,Ind or any 1 being so as the future is t20 and ODI cricket and test cricket in to last stages,it ain't all bad after all.

  • Iceman29 on October 24, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    So we have atleast exposed the weakness in Aussies lineup thru Shami...I say lets bring back Zak and Bhuvi in the team and see how they perform...Zak's experience combined with Bhuvi and Shami may create wonders....flip Mishra for Ashwin...I see a great combination here....and then will see how the Aus team handles...Somehow I have a feeling that Maxwell, Bailey and Hughes will struggle against quality bowling....

  • Kashi0127 on October 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Is there a concerted effort to thrash Vinay regardless of what he does? He took two vital wickets of Bailey and Maxwell and if they had remained Australia would have crossed 350 or even touched 400. Couple of catches were also dropped off his bowling which seem like a regular feature.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on October 24, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Dhoni is working on the formula that no bowler has to give more than 40 runs in the spell and that is why all bowlers dont complete quota nowadays. Shami gave 21 in first six overs of his spell and then 21 in the remaining 2 overs. In his comeback overs he was clearly limping and looked struggling with dropped speed. Ritual in dropping ishant and bhuvi seems to be that when they come back then both might come good not just bhuvi. Let see. Again three precious allrounders in aussie side became crucial. Maxy was simply not controllable by dhoni tactics and foxy kept it together during death overs where aussies got 57 runs despite having only 3 wickets in hand which I will not consider very good death bowling by india. If these three keep their momentum going and Baily/Voges keep building middle order with openers and watson taking care of top order then aussies can beat india comprehensively. Just aussies will have to ensure good death bowling then.

  • SUPER_SIX on October 24, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Now India has to win all remaining 3 matches to win the series. On the current form it is like mission impossible. Isn't it?