Cricket

Rain hampers India's quest

2013-10-23 20:32
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Ranji - Rain has allowed Australia to maintain their 2-1 series lead over India as the fourth ODI in Ranji was called off during India's chase on Wednesday.

The supersport.com website reports that India were 27 without loss in the fifth over, when rain came down, and no further play was possible.

Earlier, Australia captain George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell starred to lift their team to 295 for eight after being inserted.

The visitors found themselves in a spot of bother on 71 for four, but Bailey and Maxwell combined for a 153-run fifth wicket partnership inside 23 overs, before Vinay Kumar removed both, 14 runs apart.

Both batsmen fell short of well-deserved centuries - Bailey went for 98 (off 94 deliveries) and Maxwell made 92 (off only 77 deliveries, including six fours and five sixes) - but their efforts at the crease ensured a total Australia had the possibility to defend.

Mohammed Shami finished with 3-30, having removed the three top-order batsmen, to put pressure on the visitors early-on.

The tour now moves to Cuttack on Saturday for the fifth match in the seven-match series.

Teams:

India:
RG Sharma, S Dhawan, SK Raina, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Mohammed Shami, JD Unadkat

Australia: AJ Finch, PJ Hughes, SR Watson, GJ Bailey (capt), AC Voges, GJ Maxwell, BJ Haddin (wk), JP Faulkner, MG Johnson, CJ McKay, XJ Doherty

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