George Bailey missed out on a well-deserved century as he fell for 98, as Australia reached 224/5 in 37.1 overs against India in the fourth One-Day Internaitonal at Ranchi on Wednesday.
Bailey clobbered seven boundaries and three sixes to score 98 off 94 balls. At the other end, Glenn Maxwell was unbeaten at 81 off 68 balls.
The fifth-wicket stand between Bailey and Maxwell was of 153 runs.
Bailey got a lifeline in the 20th over of the game when R Ashwin spilled a catch off R Vinay Kumar when the Australian batsman was batting on 36.
After crawling to 69 for three from 14 overs, Australia had lost their fourth wicket in form of Adam Voges, in the 15th over when the right-handed batsman was declared out LBW.
This was after Shami Ahmed rattled Australia with three wickets early on in the fourth ODI. Australia were for three after 10 overs.
After cleaning up Finch early, Shami got Hughes caught by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni on the fourth ball of the sixth over in the match. Watson was bowled by the right-arm India seamer in the eighth over of the game, after a rain interruption for a short span of time.