21:06 local, 11:06 GMT Its official - the match has been called off. Two points each and India take on Sri Lanka day after tomorrow.

An unfortunate end to what was shaping up to be a cracker. Brett Lee was the star of the day with his seventh five-wicket haul in ODIs but three wickets between the annoying showers had India sniffing a win. Thats all we have for you today. Do come back and join us on February 5 (13:15 local, 03:15 GMT) for India v Sri Lanka.

I'd like to thank Binoy George for scoring this game and Nagraj Gollapudi for his helpful input from the Gabba. Until next time, on behalf of all of us at Cricinfo, this Jamie Alter signing off. Cheers!

21:03 local, 11:03 GMT Puddles are forming in the outfield. Not fun. If the special screening of this humdinger is canceled both teams will get two points each.

20:54 local, 10:54 GMT The rain is back and everyone's going off. I don't think they will come back on. Its happened once too often. Harbhajan patted Clarke on the bum as he walked away. Clarke just smiled, but then of course the cameras were on him. Symonds didn't see it, as he was already walking off. Don't tell me we will have another incident. Its raining and the covers are back on. Cue the violins. And Milli Vanilli.

Sreesanth to Symonds, 1 run, sharp movement back in, clipping him high over the stumps and the ball races through gully and down to third man, off the inside-edge
Sreesanth to Symonds, FOUR runs, top shot, just crunched from the crease but so hard that it flies past cover
Sreesanth to Symonds, 1 wide, short of a length, just down leg stump, and wide is the call

7 | 2 Runs | AUS: 45/3 (96 runs required from 18.4 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 5.05)

  • MJ Clarke2 (8b)
  • A Symonds0 (4b)
  • I Sharma2-0-7-1
  • S Sreesanth3-0-11-2
I Sharma to Clarke, 2 runs, almost! Clarke reaches out a wider one and gets off the mark with a streaky two runs, nearly dragging back on to his stumps
I Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a length and wider, allowing Clarke the time to leave it be
I Sharma to Clarke, no run, short again, sitting up and he gets surprises, almost playing it back to Ishant
I Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length, he gets back and cracks to Rohit in the covers
I Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off, comes back in, he gets in line and defends
I Sharma to Clarke, no run, full delivery outside off stump, Clarke gets to the pitch and drives to cover

6 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 43/3 (98 runs required from 18.4 overs, RR: 7.16, RRR: 4.90)

  • A Symonds0 (4b)
  • MJ Clarke0 (2b)
  • S Sreesanth3-0-11-2
  • I Sharma1-0-5-1

It really is all happening at the Gabba.

Sreesanth to Symonds, no run, yowza! Thats a peach to end an aggressive over, as he changes the pace and pitches it up, forcing Symonds to feel for it as the ball holds its line and narrowly misses kissing the outer edge of his bat
Sreesanth to Symonds, 4 byes, thats a waste, as he bounces him over leg stump and the ball sails away, going over Dhoni as well, at some speed, and Sreesanth apologizes

Three slips come in

Sreesanth to Symonds, no run, good length, nipping in again and Symonds defends from the crease
Sreesanth to Symonds, no run, good ball first up, pitching on a length and coming in, he takes one hand off the bat and leaves it be

That dismissal was similar to Ponting's against Ishant in the third Test at Perth, in the first innings. In comes Andrew Symonds to a hostile environment.

Sreesanth to Ponting, OUT, and he's gone for a duck! Sreesanth gets his man, hitting a great length and getting the ball to lift and seam away ever so sharply, sucking Ponting into a fatal prod and Sehwag, from second slip, plucks it in front of Tendulkar at first

RT Ponting c Sehwag b Sreesanth 0 (12m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Two slips in place ...

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, back of a length on off stump, getting Ponting pinned in his crease as he defends it towards midwicket
Sreesanth to Ponting, 1 wide, full and wide, swinging away sharply outside off stump, called a wide

More sawdust for the bowler's crease as Sreesanth marks his run-up.

5 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 38/2 (103 runs required from 18.4 overs, RR: 7.60, RRR: 4.90)

  • MJ Clarke0 (2b)
  • RT Ponting0 (0b)
  • I Sharma1-0-5-1
  • S Sreesanth2-0-10-1

Top delivery to clean up Hopes. Ishant looks good. India have taken out two.

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, good ball, good leave, Clarke shouldering arms to another that zips up from nowhere
I Sharma to Clarke, no run, sharp movement again, this one jagging back off a shorter length, 137ks, and catching Clarke on the hop, smack in the midriff

India are buzzing now. Here's Clarke.

I Sharma to Hopes, OUT, bowled 'em! Thats a peach, the ball pitching back of a drivable length and seaming back in sharply through the huge gap between bat and pad to disturb the stumps ... Hopes plays forward and is simply beaten by an immaculate seam position

JR Hopes b I Sharma 17 (28m 12b 4x4 0x6) SR: 141.66

I Sharma to Hopes, no run, back of a length on off stump, good stuff, Hopes gets behind to defend
I Sharma to Hopes, no run, beaten as he fishes at a length ball outside off and gets done in by height

Some poor chap runs out with a bucket of sawdust ... the crowd is bored now

I Sharma to Hopes, no run, swing and a miss from Hopes, backing away and flashing the bat at it

Plenty of sawdust being applied to the bowler's mark...

I Sharma to Hopes, 5 no balls, sharp one, sits up and jags into Hopes' ribs, he's in a mess but Dhoni doesn't back up his bowler, instead fumbling and giving away runs ... its a no-ball to boot, so we have a free hit

4 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 33/1 (108 runs required from 18.4 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 4.90)

  • JR Hopes17 (7b)
  • S Sreesanth2-0-10-1
  • IK Pathan2-0-23-0

20:30 local, 10:30 GMT Time for tee-off. Players are back out. Ishant has the ball. One more downpour and we will have to call this show off. Hopes is joined by Ponting. Australia need 141 from 132 balls now.

20:20 local, 10:20 GMT The ropes are clearing the dew on outfield, says Nagraj now, and the covers are completely off. Play should resume at 8.30 local time. Thats ten minutes from now.

As much as I hate to pry you away from my commentary, there's also an ODI going on in Jo'burg. Its Shaun Pollock's final international appearance. Sniff, sniff.

20:09 local, 10:09 GMT The covers are coming off but there is quite a bit of dampness surrounding the pitch, informs Nagraj, who's quite enjoying his time Down Under. More importantly, the main pitch has still got a thin layer on it.

You've got to feel for all the spectators who are sitting out there during all this drizzle and stop-and-start, especially having paid for tickets. At least for their sake lets get a game in. By the way, for all of you out there in the office or who can't get live feed, and those playing online poker (you know who you are) thanks for tuning in to Cricinfo. Hope the commentary hasn't been too painful. I'll be here all week (NOT).

20:02 local, 10:02 GMT See, I've gone and done it - the commentator's jinx - because the rain has stopped! The covers remain on, but the fact that the rain's let off is heartening. And according to what I see online, the rain will break up later on. Whoop-dee-doo.

Lo and behold, here come the two umpires, Davis and Koerzten, to have a look at conditions out in the middle. Duckworth/Lewis, Davis/Koerzten, the Brothers Karamazov, its all happening at the Gabba tonight, folks. All we need is David Hussey in the Australian XI, to go with brother Mike, and its a shindig.

19:56 local, 09:56 GMT This rain doesn't look like going away. I'd be surprised if we resumed. Just looking for weather forecasts online. Like I said at the start, rain is expected throughout the night. Not promising.

Meanwhile, in other news, I've just read that about 2.5 tonnes of cocaine - Liberia's largest ever haul - has been seized from a ship off the Atlantic coast. Thats my bit of information broadcasting to all of you who've diligently logged on. Cricket purists, all abuses my way.

19:28 local, 09:28 GMT There need to be 16 more overs bowled to constitute a game and the cut-off time is 9.45pm local. Undoubtedly all the D/L nerds will be calculating cut-off times, par scores and what not, but that can change given the inconsistent weather.

This is the time to go and check on your Fantasy League teams. Play now. Also, allow me a moment to go and get a cappuccino.

19:18 local, 09:18 GMT The covers are called on so we have another delay.

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, OUT, and he walks! Gilchrist chases a short one down leg stump, there's deviation before Dhoni takes it to his right ... appears he gloved it ... Sreesanth semi appeals but there's no reaction from Steve Davis ... but Gilchrist puts his head down and heads inside, so India have an early wicket ...thats not something we see in these times, a batsman walking.

AC Gilchrist c †Dhoni b Sreesanth 14 (21m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

1st33AC GilchristJR Hopes
2nd5RT PontingJR Hopes
3rd1RT PontingMJ Clarke
4th12A SymondsMJ Clarke