By Saloni N
It was already predicted that the rain Gods would play spoiler in the 4th ODI between India and Australia and that is exactly what happened. The match got halted around 6 pm and failed to resume again, which resulted in the match being called off.
The match had immense promise to be another thriller with Australia setting for India, a competitive target of 296 to chase after a not so good start. By the end of the day, Indian openers seemed to be in good form. Here’s what happened…
In his hometown Ranchi, Indian captain MS Dhoni finally won the toss, electing to bowl first, putting his faith in the Indian batting line-up while making two changes to the team, swapping last match’s much debated players Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Jaidev Unadkat and Mohammad Shami.
Put into the playing eleven, Mohammed Shami came through, taking the wicket of Aaron Finch (5) , Philip Hughes (11) and Shane Watson (14) with Australia at 32-3 in 8 overs. Adam Voges (7) was soon dismissed by Ashwin. After which the match was interrupted by rain for a while but resumed again. Dropped catches of Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey proved costly for India with both players guiding Australia to 211-4 in 36 overs. Finally, Rohit Sharma took a catch of skipper Bailey (98), who fell two short of a century but built a crucial partnership for Australia and the birthday boy Brad Haddin was quickly bowled out too scoring just 3 runs.
With the scoreboard reading 238-6, Maxwell (92) was dismissed, bringing India back into the running and letting Australia finish at 295-8 setting India a target of 296 to win.
The Indian opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a good start but the rain interrupted the match again, with only 27 runs on board and MS Dhoni saying that they could have chased 296, but we’ll never know!