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Inclement weather rules at Ranchi

A beautifully poised fourth one-day international between India and Australia was ruined by rain at Ranchi.

With the tourists 2-1 ahead in the seven-match rubber, India were desperate to level matters having been defeated last time out in Mohali.

But the heavens opened after the home side reached 27 without loss in pursuit of a tricky 296 and rain did not relent thereafter.

That they were chasing such a target was thanks to fine innings from George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell.

After Mohammed Shami had rocked India by ousting Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes and Shane Watson in quick succession, Bailey provided a steadying influence with a series of eye-catching strokes.

Following Adam Voges’ departure to Ravichandran Ashwin, he played freely alongside the expansive Maxwell as the pair put on 153.

Both fell short of deserved centuries, Bailey hitting seven fours and three sixes in a 94-ball 98 and Maxwell striking five maximums among 11 boundaries as his 92 used up just 77 deliveries.

The duo had departed with more than 10 overs remaining, but Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner chipped in with handy contributions.

Australia's 295 for eight seemed par on another fine surface but, after Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma started soundly, inclement weather ultimately ended proceedings early.

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