The fourth ODI, match taking place between India and Australia, was washed out due to unexpected and unseasonal rains in Ranchi. The Australian team had already made 295 for 8, and India had only just begun with 27 for 0 when the weather stopped play. India had only had a chance to play 4.1 overs.
Although there had been just a little bit of rain while the Australian team was batting, it was light rain, and did not stop play. The second rain that came down was certainly not just a brief shower, and was much longer, and much heavier, and although it relented for a short time, the umpires passed a ruling that play needed to stop because the outfield had become too soggy to play.
Before the rain stopped play, Australian batters, George Bailey, and Glenn Maxwell, had played well, with Bailey ending on 98, and Maxwell ending on 92. The team had hoped to make a total of more than 300, but they did not make it, and both the batters were dismissed before they could make centuries. While Bailey narrowly missed his century, this was his third half century during this cricket series. The Indian team certainly had a hard time in getting the duo of Bailey and Maxwell away from the bat. The occurrence of two or more batsmen to remain in the game into the nineties in the same innings is fairly rare, and there have only been seven such instances. This is the third time that Australia had two batsmen who were dismissed in the nineties.
While India managed to keep the run count down towards the end of the match, the Bailey – Maxwell duo gave the Australian team a run count to reckon with before the final players came up to bat.