Australia 295-8 (Bailey 98, Maxwell 92) v
Fourth One-Day International, Ranchi
Australia were able to retain their lead in the seven-match series against India as the fourth ODI at MS Dhoni’s home ground in Ranchi was abandoned due to rain early in the Indian run chase.
The home side had reached 27 for none in the fifth over of their pursuit of Australia’s 295 for seven when a heavy rain shower forced the match to be called off.
There had been rain early in Australia’s innings as they struggled early on after being asked to bat. However, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell both fell just shy of centuries to lead the tourists to another impressive total. Whether it would have been enough if the rain hadn’t arrived we will never know.
Australia slipped to 32 for three either side of the initial rain break as Mohammad Shami removed Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes and Shane Watson in his first spell. Shami was one of two changes to India’s side as they looked to strengthen their beleaguered bowling attack. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the out-of-sorts Ishant Sharma had their places in the eleven taken by Shami and Jaydev Unadkat.
Adam Voges made it 71 for four in the 15th over when he was trapped in front by R Ashwin, but from then on it was pretty much all Bailey and Maxwell. The pair scored at a fair rate throughout their stand of 153, bringing up the 50 partnership off 62 balls and the 100 off 103.
Bailey was first to his half-century, off 57 balls, and would go on to take his series runs tally to an impressive 318 at an average of 106. Maxwell, meanwhile, was slightly more aggressive and brought up his fifty off 45 balls. In all, the pair hit eight sixes between them, with Maxwell contributing five of them.
Bailey’s innings was ended at 98 off 94 balls by Vinay Kumar in the 38th over, with Maxwell falling a couple of overs later to the same bowler for 92 off 77 balls. James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson then added some useful runs for the eighth-wicket to ensure that Australia didn’t waste any of their overs. They put on 43 in 53 balls, with Faulkner ending not out on 23 off 29 balls and Johnson being stumped off Ashwin for 25 off 31.
Besides the impressive Shami, India’s bowling effort was, on the whole, an improved one. Unadkat conceded only 31 runs from six overs, while Vinay Kumar and Ashwin both went for little more than a run a ball and took a brace of wickets each.
Unfortunately, India and Dhoni were unable to give the Ranchi crowd much entertainment with the bat as the rain arrived, with India having made a promising start to their run chase.
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