Rain once again caused the players to leave the field © Getty Images
Rain once again caused the players to leave the field © Getty Images

The fifth One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) continued to be marred by rain, as the players were made to come off after 16 overs of India’s innings. Earlier, Ambati Rayudu was out for 23. Rayudu came out swinging, hitting Mitchell Marsh for a straight six early on in his innings, but fell by the sword, trying to hit the same bowler out of the park. Ajinkya Rahane and Rayudu took India past 50. Shikhar Dhawan fell for just eight off the bowling of Mitchell Starc. Dhawan guided the ball to Aaron Finch at slip to continue his poor form as Ambati Rayudu made his way in at No. 3 for India.

The match was reduced to a 44-overs per side contest after rain delayed the toss and then caused an interruption less than three overs into the match. Rahane and Dhawan opened the innings for India, while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood started things off for Australia. India are in a must-win position, with a loss here meaning that they will not make it to the final. If the match is washed out they will get two points, which would make their equation much simpler; whoever wins the next match meets Australia in the final.

Earlier, George Bailey won the toss and elected to field first as both teams made a number of changes to their sides. David Warner, Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, and Xavier Doherty came in for Australia. While for India Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma replaced Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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