Ranchi: Rain played spoilsport as the fourth one-day international between India and Australia was called off on Wednesday, with the visitors still leading the seven-match series 2-1.
Riding on quick-fire half-centuries by captain George Bailey (98) and Glenn Maxwell (92), Australia once again posted a good total (295 for 8) in 50 overs.
In reply India reached 27 for 0 in 4.1 overs when rain stopped play. With persistent rain lashing down in Ranchi, there was no possibility of any further play and umpires decided to abandon the game after an inspection at 8.35 p.m..
Australia made 295, but only 4.1 overs of the Indian chase could be bowled when heavy rain forced the umpires to call off the match. Australia lead the seven-match series 2-1.
The match was stopped at 6.18 pm because of light drizzle which later intensified to frustrate both the teams. There was some hope in the middle as the rain had stopped after one hour and the groundsmen and super soppers were pressed into action.
The match was called off after the umpires found out that the ground was too water logged to continue the proceedings.
The fifth ODI between the two sides will be played at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Saturday.
Light drizzle had interrupted the game for about 30 minutes when Australia were 28 for two after 7.2 overs.
Earlier, Australia rode on a record 153-run partnership between Bailey and Maxwell to recover from a jittery start and post a challenging 295 for 8.
Skipper Bailey and Maxwell missed their respective centuries but ensured that Australia recover from a difficult 71 for 4 to 224 for 5 through the team's highest partnership against India for the fifth wicket.
Brought in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami's fiery first spell (6-1-21-3) ripped apart the Australian top order after India put the visitors into bat.
(With PTI inputs)