India opened their account in the Carlton Mid ODI Tri-series with two points from the washed out game against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The MS Dhoni-led side will now have to beat England to qualify for the final against the hosts who are already through. The fifth match of the series had to be called off due to heavy showers after only 16 overs of play.
Earlier, asked to bat, India opened the batting with Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of Rohit Sharma after a delayed start due to rain. But after just 16 balls of play a steady drizzle interrupted play and when it resumed, the match was reduced to 44 overs-a-side. And couple of overs later, India lost their first wicket. Done in by the extra bounce extracted by Mitchell Starc, Dhawan departed edging it to the slips leaving India on 24/1.
Rahane who was timing the ball beautifully was then joined in the middle by Ambati Rayudu. The No 3 bat took his chances as he helped to add to the total. The pair took the team past fifty and were looking to lay a platform for India when Rayudu departed for 23. His mis-cued shot off Mitchell Marsh was caught by David Warner running from cover.
However, the overcast skies didn’t allow play to continue for too long. Rahane and Virat Kohli had added seven runs to the score taking India to 69/2 when players were forced off the field again by rain.