Despite the rain stopping and covers coming off, the 4th one-day international between Australia and Sri Lanka was abandoned because of a wet outfield much to the disappointment of the large crowd at Sydney Cricket ground on Sunday.
Sri Lanka were 14 without loss in 3.2 overs with Tillakaratne Dilshan hitting Clint McKay through the covers in the only boundary of the innings so far before rain stalled their run chase of 223.
A brilliant unbeaten half century by Mitchell Starc (52 off 37 balls) lifted Australia to 222 for 9 in their 50 overs after batting first in the 4th one-day international against Sri Lanka at the SCG on Sunday.
"As you can hear the crowd is very disappointed, it was nice of them to stick around. Having said that we wanted to play, have a crack at winning the game. We have to take the umpires' judgement, it was completely up to the umpires. We thought there was going to be enough in the wicket," said Australian skipper Michael Clarke.
The Sri Lankans now head to Hobart for the final match of the series leading 2-1.
"Due to the poor condition of the outfield the match has been abandoned," says the message on the large screen at the SCG.
Starc led a magnificent rearguard action hitting seven boundaries including three in the last over from Thisara Perera to end the innings with a flourish.
Australia were in danger of being bowled out inside 50 overs for the third time in a row.
But Starc took charge after Australia collapsed to 145 for 7 in the 39th overs to hold the innings together with some brilliant strokeplay.
David Warner top scored with 60 off 73 balls with six boundaries while Mathew Wade chipped in with 31.
But Australia were put on the back foot by the twin dismissals of Warner and Henriques for dubious LBW decisions.
Nuwan Kulasekera was once again the tormentor for Australia claiming 3 for 30 while Lasith Malinga (2 for 33) and left arm spinner Rangana Herath (2 for 37) also impressed.
Thisara Perera went for 64 in his 10 overs although picking up two wickets.
Australia go past 200 with a streaky boundary from Mitchell Starc off Lasith Malinga in the 49th over.
Australia are 206-9 after 49 overs having opted to bat first in the 4th one-day international against Sri Lanka at the SCG on Sunday.
Left-hander Mitchell Starc continues to defy the Sri Lanka attack slamming Lasith Malinga past mid on for his fourth boundary in the 47th over.
Australia are in danger of being bowled out inside 50 overs for the third time in a row after losing their ninth wicket in the 46th over.
Clint McKay attempts an ambitious shot only to see his stumps scattered by Nuwan Kulasekera who returns to claim his third wicket.
Mitchell Starc has hit some lusty blows to the boundary off Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews to bring some useful runs for Australia.
Australia lose their eighth wicket as Mathew Wade cuts a delivery from Thisara Perera straight down the throat of Nuwan Kulasekera at third man.
Wade made 31 off 43 balls with one boundary as Australia expose their tail.
Australia make just 13 runs for the loss of Mitchell Johnson in the batting Powerplay overs with one hit to the fence.
Mitchell Starc hits Lasith Malinga over midoff for the only boundary in the batting Powerplay overs.
Lasith Malinga has struck a deadly blow as Mitchell Johnson is trapped plumb in front with low inswinger as Australia lose their seventh wicket.
There was no doubt about Johnson's dismissal who is undone by a vicious inswinger from the slinger.
Rangana Herath has completed his spell of 10 overs at a stretch claiming 2 for 37.
There is no powerplay from Australia yet with Lasith Malinga returning to send down a maiden in the 37th over.
Australia seem to reeling after the unfortunate dismissals of David Warner and Moises Henriques to poor umpiring decisions.
Rangana Herath has struck trapping Moises Henriques leg before in the 32nd as Australia collapse to 130 for 6.
Australia suffer a double blow as Moises Henriques is adjudged leg before despite appearing to have got an inside edge similar to the dismisall of David Warner.
Thisara Perera gets the big wicket of David Warner trapping him leg before though the left-hander had appeared to get an inside edge.
Warner has to go after a fighting knock of 60 off 73 balls with six boundaries adding 32 for the fifth wicket with George Bailey.
Mathew Wade hits his first boundary stepping down the track and cracking Rangana Herath through extra cover in the 28th over.
Left hander David Warner is holding the Australian innings together with a pugnacious knock while four wickets have fallen at the other end showing no qualms against both pace and spin at the halfway stage of the innings.
David Warner reaches his half century off 57 balls with an exquisite cover drive off Rangana Herath to bring up the 100 of the Australian innnings in the 24th over.
Sri Lanka are tightening the screws with Angelo Mathews bowling a maiden over to new batsman Mathew Wade.
Left arm spinner Rangana Herath strikes in his second over inducing George Bailey to step out and miscue a drive straight to Thisara Perera at mid on.
It is a major blow for Australia as Bailey was getting on top of the Sri Lanka attack after surviving some testing deliveries caressing Angelo Mathews through extra cover in the previous over.
Bailey is gone for 22 after facing 39 balls having added 40 runs for the fourth wicket with Warner.
David Warner attacks Thisara Perera blasting him over mid on for his fourth boundary in the 18th over.
George Bailey hits his first boundary driving Thisara Perera straight down the ground on the off.
George Bailey breaks the shackles by clipping Lasith Malinga to long on and getting four all run in the 15th over.
Sri Lanka are on a roll with Michael Clarke and David Hussey departing in quick succession with Lasith Malinga on fire bowling a wicket maiden in the 13th over.
Lasith Malinga gets into the act with a beautiful outswinger which David Hussey edges to Lahiru Thirimanne catches at first slip after a bit of juggle.
Australia race to their 50 in 58 balls but lose Michael Clarke.
Nuwan Kulasekara brings back memories of Gabba trapping Australian skipper Michael Clarke leg before with a inswinger as the batsman moved across in the 10th over of the match.
Australia are also unsuccessful with the decision review with replays showing the ball going on to hit the stumps as Clarke caught on the back foot.
Clarke goes after a fluent 20 with two hits to the fence having added 46 for the second wicket with Warner.
David Warner has hit an incredible uppercut over the keeper to third man boundary off a rising delivery from Lasith Malinga in the 9th over.
David Warner blasts Nuwan Kulasekara past mid off for his second boundary in the 8th over of the innings.
Lasith Malinga comes into the attack after Angelo Mathews goes for 27 in three overs.
Sri Lanka are unsuccessful with the decision review failing to overturn the not out verdict for a leg before against David Warner off Nuwan Kulasekera in the sixth over.
It was a wasted review with the ball going down the leg side.
Left-hander David Warner also goes after Angelo Mathews cutting him to point for his first boundary in the fifth over which went for 12.
Michael Clarke has launched a counter attack despite the early loss of Hughes with two fluent cover drives to the boundary off Angelo Mathews in the third over.
Nuwan Kulasekera seems to be the bogey man for Australia as he continues from where he left off at Brisbane.
Australia lose Phillip Hughes caught behind by Dinesh Chandimal for 1 in the second over in the 4th one-day international against Sri Lanka at the SCG on Sunday.
Australia have won the toss and Michael Clarke has elected to bat in the 4th one-day international against Sri Lanka at Sydney on Sunday.
Sri Lanka are leading the five-match series 2-1 following a nervy four-wicket win at the Gabba after skittling out the hosts for 74.
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Australia have retained the same side though Jackson Bird was drafted into the squad as cover.
Sri Lanka have made two changes bringing in Rangana Herath and Dinesh Chandimal.
Herath comes in at the expense of Shaminda Eranga as Sri Lanka strengthen their spin attack while Kushal Perera who kept wickets has been retained in preference to Upul Tharanga.
Australia: David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (captain), David Hussey, George Bailey, Mathew Wade (wk), Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahire Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kushal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath.
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