Do join us for the next time in Cuttack on the 26th of October where currently, it was pelting down but hopefully, should clear up as time progresses. Till then, farewell!
Here is the final nail in the coffin. THE MATCH HAS BEEN ABANDONED DUE TO RAIN. Australia still lead the series 2-1 and there are still 3 games to go. Australia still have a chance of having a go at the number 1 spot in the ODI rankings. It would have been an interesting chase. Never know what could have happened as India had got off to a good start with Dhawan and Rohit, chasing 296.
2020 local time - The latest news from the centre is that the covers are coming off in 15 minutes and there will be an inspection.
1930 local - Better news in terms of the rain but not much in terms of the conditions. The rain seems to have lightened to a drizzle but there is plenty of water on the covers. Also, the ground staff trying to take the water out are doing it personally, rather than using the super sopper. Hmmm.. That will take a lot of time. We need to start by latest 2115 IST for a 20-over game. So, one suspects that the ground needs to be ready at least 30 minutes before. Stay tuned for updates.
1851 local time update - News coming in is that it is raining heavily as of now in Ranchi. We'll have to wait for further updates.
Well, it's raining ever so slightly and the umpires have given the marching orders for the PLAYERS TO WALK OFF THE FIELD. Hopefully, should be a small delay.
Mitchell Johnson to Shikhar Dhawan
FOUR! Short of a length on the body, Dhawan pulls it fine to the leg side and finds the boundary to fine leg.
Clint McKay to Rohit Sharma
FOUR! Off the edge this time! Full length and wide, Sharma has a push and the outside edge finds the third man fence.
Well, that's a confusion. Rohit defends a full ball towards mid off but does not want the single. The throw from Faulkner is dangerously close to him and he attempts to get off the line of it. Haddin could not collect and it finds the fence. The Indians are looking for a boundary but the umpire signals that the ball is dead as Faulkner had not attempted to run Rohit out and neither did the batsmen attempt to take a run.
Full length delivery on the pads, Rohit clips it uppishly towards mid-wicket.
Full length and quivering inwards outside off, Rohit allows it through.
Clint McKay to Shikhar Dhawan
Targets the pads on a length, Dhawan flicks it behind square leg and takes one.
FOUR! Up and over with ease and class, that's Dhawan for you. Length and wide, Dhawan charges out and thrashes it away over covers with class.
Mitchell Johnson to Rohit Sharma
Banged in short, Rohit opts for the pull but has top-edged it behind square. Falls safely in the deep and they take two.
Back of a length and quick on the body, Rohit is cramped up for room and gets hit on the glove, falls safely towards short leg.
Short of a length and darted wide outside off, Rohit looks to slash hard but misses it.
Short of a length on the pads, tucked towards square leg.
Sharma has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
Full and wide, Sharma with a good-looking drive but finds cover.
Good length delivery down the leg side, Dhawan charges out to try and flick but misses. The umpire must have seen some deflection as wide is not signalled.