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Cricket: Australia frustrated as rain dampens Gabba decider

Prime Sports, International (Brisbane), January 16:- A heavy downpour frustrated Australia on day two of the fourth test decider in Brisbane on Saturday, with play abandoned after tea and India spared from resuming on 62 for two in reply to the home side’s first innings 369.

India number three Cheteshwar Pujara was eight not out, with stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane on two at the tea break before a storm broke over the Gabba.

With more rain forecast over the remaining days, Australia may have little time to bowl India out twice and seal the series 2-1.

Home captain Tim Paine betrayed his displeasure in an animated discussion with the field umpires after they inspected the field and called off proceedings.

“No doubt disappointing to the spectators,” Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald told reporters.

“It would have been nice to get some play there…but the decision was made by the officials and that’s their role.”

India will have been more than happy to turn in early.

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To emerge with a tied series would be a massive achievement for Rahane’s side, which has battled a mounting injury toll throughout and lacked a single first-choice bowler to call on in Brisbane.

They are already a man down in their pace attack, with Navdeep Saini having suffered a groin injury on day one.

Australia, thwarted by India’s wounded batsmen in the drawn test in Sydney, are likely to ponder another lost opportunity on day two, having resumed in the morning on 274 for five.

Paine (50) and all-rounder Cameron Green (47) were in good shape to help set a platform for a much bigger total but surrendered in a collapse when three wickets fell in four runs.

Paine was caught in the slips by Rohit Sharma off paceman Shardur Thakur, with Green following after being bowled by all-rounder Washington Sundar, one of two test debutants in the Indian side.

Pat Cummins (2) became the third victim when trapped lbw by Thakur. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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