Melbourne: India were denied another day of valuable match practice ahead of the opening Test against Australia after the final day of their tour match against Victoria was abandoned through rain here Saturday.
Umpires Paul Reiffel and John Ward abandoned the third and final play without a ball being bowled because of a wet field and overnight and morning rain at Junction Oval.
India finished with just 48 overs from the match from which they made 133 for four.
Sourav Ganguly top scored with 59, Rahul Dravid finished 38 not out and Allan Wise took 4-37 for Victoria.
The rain has forced the Indians to rely on indoor practice for the Boxing Day Test although the forecast is for improving weather conditions.
India's players spent much of Friday and Saturday in the indoor nets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to try to make up for the play they have lost in their only hit-out before the first Test.
|India 1st innings||(110 for 3 overnight)|
|W. Jaffer||c Finch b Wise||0|
|R. Dravid||not out||38|
|V. Laxman||c Wade b Wise||1|
|S. Tendulkar||b Wise||19|
|S. Ganguly||c Blizzard b Wise||59|
|Y. Singh||not out||6|
|Total||4 wkts, 48 overs||133|
|Fall of wkts: 1-3, 2-10, 3-38, 4-121|
|Bowling:||Siddle 15-1-43-0 (6nb)|
|Wise 15-4-37-4 (3nb)|