Tri-Series: Rain Abandons Australia-India Clash; Virtual Semifinal All Set

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 | 0

The 5th One-Day International match of the ongoing triangular series between Australia and India has been abandoned due to unremitting rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.

Earlier, the match took off after a delay of 40 minutes due to bad weather. Home skipper George Bailey won the toss and decided to field first, keeping in mind the natural condition around the stadium.

Put in to bat, India lost out-of-form opener Shikhar Dhawan (8) early on in the game off left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc. No. 3 batsman Ambati Rayudu also gave away his aggressive start, falling for 23 to Mitchell Marsh in the 13th over of the game.

Ajinkya Rahane (28*) and Virat Kohli (3*) were in the middle at the end of 16th over, when the clouds started to open up and never went off thereafter, forcing the officials to discard the match after various inspections.

With Australia already through to the finals, India and England will lock horns in the ultimate preliminary match on Friday, which would be nothing but a virtual semifinal: the winner of which advances to meet the hosts in the title-clash.

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