India in Australia, 3 T20 International Series, 2018
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne
Date & Time: 23 November 2018
RR: 6.94 | Match Abandoned
We take your leave then. Thank you for staying patiently with us. The third and final T20I will be played at the SCG on Sunday, 6.50 pm local (0750 GMT). Hopefully, that is a full contest. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Sad end then to what was promising to be a cracker of a run chase. India were the big favourites at the halfway stage but then the rain spiced it up. Anything could have happened with 90 needed from 11 overs or 46 needed from 5. Either ways, Australia are at least ensured that they do not lose this series.
So the inevitable has happened. The game has been CALLED OFF. The captains and the umpires are seen shaking hands and that will be it from this game. One can say the rain has come to the rescue of Australia as we feel it is India who would have been the favorites heading into the chase.
Update 9.50 pm local time - Cricket Australia tweets, 'If play doesn't resume before 10.02 pm local time then the match will be abandoned...'
The rain is playing hide and seek here, it is back just as we were going to start the chase, the players make their way back in and the groundsman run out with the covers.
The Indian bowling was excellent, the seamers were the one who did the majority of the damage. Khaleel picked two early on, Kumar also ended with two and Bumrah also had one to his name. The spinners were upto the task in this game. They did not let the pressure drop in the middle overs, they too were economical and took one apiece. They though will still be disappointed as they could not finish off well. However, one would feel, they are favorites to chase this total down. Will India level the series or will Australia take an unassailable lead?
Australia were reeling at 62-5 but a lower-order surge has kept them in the game. McDermott was the mainstay and the rest played around him. He finished as the top scorer for the Aussies.
So runs from the lower half has given the Australian bowlers something to bowl at. However, it is India who will head into the break as the happier side. They were brilliant right from the start. After electing to field, Finch was dismissed on the very second delivery of the game. The hosts never recovered after that as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
That is the end of the Australian innings, they won't come out to face the last six balls. 4 runs have been added to the Australian total. So India will need 137 from 19 overs.
Update - 2041 Local time - The covers are coming off and play is likely to resume in a few minutes. Let's see if Australia will bat the last over. Scratch what I just wrote, the drizzle has returned and our wait continues.
It did not rain for long but it was heavy rain so there is a lot of water on the covers. Seems like a repeat of the last game, do not think Australia will be batting again in this game.
The rain seems to have relented and the ground staff have started to do their bit.
This was coming. The umpires now feel it has gotten too heave and have decided to walk off. That is probably the last we have seen of Australia's batting tonight. Do not think they will be coming out for the last over. However, there is no official word on that, we will keep you updated.
Oh dear... the heavens have opened up but play continues. Kohli is not happy.
Khaleel is back on.
Andrew Tye is the new man in. Jasprit Bumrah is back on as well.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns.
Now comes the real batting for Australia. Enter Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Alex Carey walks in at number 7, replacing Maxwell.
Krunal Pandya is on.
Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack.
Ben McDermott strides out to the middle.
Marcus Stoinis is the new man in.
Jasprit Bumrah is into the attack.
Glenn Maxwell comes in now.
Khaleel Ahmed to bowl from the other end. He was expensive in the last game. He would want to bowl well here.
Chris Lynn is the new man in.
We are all set for the action to begin. The Indians are in a huddle as the Australian openers, Aaron Finch and D'Arcy Short, make their way out to the middle. The visitors now make their way out. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India. It is slightly overcast out there and it will be interesting to see if there is some swing available for the pacer. A slip in place for him. Here we go...
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says they wanted to bowl first. Mentions they now will look to put some runs on the board and put the Indians under pressure. Informs Billy Stanlake is injured so Nathan Coulter-Nile comes in place of him.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says the wicket was under covers and the conditions are overcast and hence, they want to bowl first. Reckons they batted well in the last game but due to the D/L method they fell short. Further adds they need a complete game today. Informs they are unchanged.
TOSS - Up goes the coin and it lands in the favor of India. They will bowl first.
Hello and welcome to the 2nd T20I between Australia and India. A rare win in the previous game from the hosts saw them go 1-0 up in the series. They would now look the take an unassailable lead with a win here today at the MCG. The visitors, on the other hand, will be eager to get back to winning ways. They were sloppy in the first game but one would surely expect a better performance from them here. Will we see India bouncing back or will the Aussies make it 2 out of 2? Stay tuned to find out in what could be another rain-marred day.
India Team Squad -Manish Pandey,Rohit Sharma,Shikhar Dhawan,Shreyas Iyer,Virat Kohli,Krunal Pandya,Washington Sundar,Dinesh Karthik,Lokesh Rahul,Rishabh Pant,Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Jasprit Bumrah,Khaleel Ahmed,Kuldeep Yadav,Umesh Yadav,Yuzvendra Chahal
Australia Team Squad -Aaron Finch,Chris Lynn,D'Arcy Short,Glenn Maxwell,Marcus Stoinis,Alex Carey,Ben McDermott,Adam Zampa,Andrew Tye,Ashton Agar,Billy Stanlake,Jason Behrendorff,Nathan Coulter-Nile
Not to get too ahead of ourselves, but Australia's win at the 'Gabba is one many can be positive about. The batting clicked, which set it up for the bowlers, who were backed well by the fielders. Had the rain not interrupted, it's possible Australia could have gone close to the 200-mark. You could argue this could be Australia's best performance since the ball-tampering incident against a quality side. The Kangaroos were in complete control. Some key players are finding form, like Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell in particular, and it seems to be coming together under Aaron Finch's reign. Now, India didn't have much going for them in the series opener. The fielding was sloppy, bowlers like Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed went for plenty, and important batsmen crumbled again. KL Rahul's form will be a worry, not so much Virat Kohli's though, as it can be considered as a glitch. The Men in Blue need to get their combination right for the second game, otherwise the Kangaroos, who have some momentum with them now, can clinch the 3-match series at the MCG itself. There is some forecast for rain, which could affect the game.