Mohammed Shami India
Mohammed Shami picked up four wickets for India in the 1st ODI against New ZealandBCCI

India had one major positive to take from the washed out fourth one-day international against Australia in Ranchi - the form shown by opening bowler Mohammed Shami.

The Indian pacer blew apart the top three Australian batsmen, knocking down the stumps of two of those, as India finally made a good start to the game with the ball.

Dhoni, who only picked Shami for the first time this series, was all praise for the man from Bengal. "Shami is deceptive," Dhoni said after the game. "He bowls quicker than you would think.

"What was important was he bowled full and the wickets he got, he was hitting the bails. That shows he was bowling the right length on this pitch. And at the death he was getting the yorkers in pretty consistently."

George Bailey (98) and Glenn Maxwell (92) helped Australia to a total of 295 for eight, but Australia probably would not have reached anywhere close to that total had Virat Kohli hung onto a catch in the slips off Bailey, who edged one off Shami first ball.

"He's someone we haven't seen in the series and he was a little bit quicker than what we expected," Bailey said. "He certainly got a bit of movement off the seam. That's something to be pretty aware of for the rest of the series. That's obviously what's going to be coming at us."

Shami, who consistently hit the 140 km/hr mark, said sticking to his plans and making use of the little juice in the wicket in the early overs was key to his success.

"[There was] nothing special in the pitch," the 23-year-old said. "We were bowling first and there will be something for the fast bowlers when the wicket is fresh. There was not much bounce or carry. It was a little better before the rain but once it rained, the pitch slowed down a lot.

"The plan was not to give any room to the batsmen and make them play at the ball. The pitch in the beginning was assisting fast bowlers and we bowled accordingly.

"How fast we bowl mostly depends on the conditions available," he said. "If there is some assistance, you get inspired to bowl quicker. As we saw today, if there is some swing, some movement, you put in the extra effort."

India were on 27 for no loss from 4.1 overs when rain led to the match being abandoned. The hosts and Australia now move to Cuttack for the fifth ODI on Saturday.