21 Jan 2013

4th ODI in Sydney abandoned

5:58 am on 21 January 2013

The 4th one-day cricket international between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney was abandoned due to rain and a wet outfield but not before the hosts' batting frailties were exposed again.

Bowled out for 74 runs inside 27 overs in Friday's match at Brisbane, Australia wobbled again before reaching 222 for 9 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mitchell Starc hit a career-best 52 not out off 37 balls to lead a recovery from 130-6 and Sri Lanka were 14 for no loss in 3.2 overs before rain forced the umpires to take the players off.

The match was abandoned two hours later because of a wet outfield.

Sri Lanka head to Hobart for Wednesday's final match with a 2-1 lead.