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India's Tour Of Australia, 2nd T20I: Rain Plays Spoilsport At MCG; India's Run Of 7 Consecutive Series Wins Comes To An End

India have fielded an unchanged XI, while the Aussies, out of necessity, brought in Nathan Coulter-Nile for the injured Billy Stanlake.

India's Tour Of Australia, 2nd T20I: Rain Plays Spoilsport At MCG; India's Run Of 7 Consecutive Series Wins Comes To An End
India captain Virat Kohli gestures as he talks with the umpires as rain falls during the second Twenty20 international cricket match against Australia in Melbourne on November 23, 2018.
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India's Tour Of Australia, 2nd T20I: Rain Plays Spoilsport At MCG; India's Run Of 7 Consecutive Series Wins Comes To An End
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2018-11-23T20:38:03+0530

The second T20I between India and Australia was called off due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Put into bat, Australia had ended their innings at 132/7 in the 19th over due to rain.

The match was then reduced to 19 overs with India set a DLS revised target of 137 from 19 overs, but further rain saw the target being revised twice to 90 in 11 overs and 46 in 5 overs. But with rain showing no signs of stopping, the match was eventually abandoned.

With that India's run of seven consecutive T20I series wins comes to an end. The fun fact is that that run started after the abandoned T20I against Australia in Hyderabad last year (series shared 1-1). The teams now head to Sydney for the series finale at the SCG. Hopefully, there will be no rain. But the stakes are getting higher for India, with each passing day in Australia.

They landed in Australia as the favourites against the embattled hosts, but Virat Kohli & Co will now need to win the Sydney match to deny the Aussies the bragging rights and also the morale booster before the two fierce rivals fight for the ultimate prize, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Brief Score:

Australia: 132/7 in 19 overs (Ben McDermott 32; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/20).


Finally, the match has been called off. Moments ago, the target for India was revised again, at 46 from five overs.


 

Intermittent rain having its way at the MCG. India' target adjusted again. This time, India need 90 runs in 11 overs.


Relentless rain in Melbourne. Australia innings is over. India will be chasing a DLS adjusted score of 137 in 19 overs.


Australia Innings

Heavy rain, and this should be effectively the end of the Australian innings. In that case, there will a revised target, just like the one the teams had two days ago in Brisbane.

Over 19 || Score 132/7 (Ben McDermott 32; Andrew Tye 12)

Rains stopped play. The eight-wicket stand between Ben McDermott and Andrew Tye have added 31 runs as Australia fight back to post a fighting total at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed took a brace each, while Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya got a wicket each.

Over 18 || Score 122/7 (Ben McDermott 28; Andrew Tye 11)

19 runs from Khaleel Ahmed's fourth and last over. His figures: 4-0-39-2. Aussies have scored 39 runs in the last four overs, but lost two wickets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back dangerous looking Nathan Coulter-Nile thanks to a catch taken by substitute fielder Manish Pandey.

Wicket: Nathan Coulter-Nile c (sub) Manish Pandey b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 18(9): Fall of wicket: 6/74 (13.1 Over)

Kuldeep Yadav got his first wicket.

Wicket: Alex Carey c Krunal Pandya b Kuldeep Yadav 4(6); Fall of wicket: 101/7 (15.6 Over)

Over 13 || Score 74/5 (Ben McDermott 13; Alex Carey 4)

Krunal Pandya, who became of the target of fans after India's loss in the first match, is doing resonable well, taking one wicket, that of his nemesis in Brisbane, Glenn Maxwell.

Wicket: Glenn Maxwell b Krunal Pandya 19(22); Fall of Wicket: 62/5 (10.6 Over)

Littler earlier, Jasprit Bumrah got his first scalp of the day, getting rid of Marcus Stoinis. Caught at thfird man.

Wicket: Marcus Stoinis c Dinesh Karthik b Jasprit Bumrah 4(5): Fall of wicket: 41/4 (6.3 Over)

 Over 6 || Score 40/3 (Glenn Maxwell 4; Marcus Stoinis 4)

Khaleel Ahmed removed both Chris Lynn and D Arcy Short as India take control of the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Wicket: Chris Lynn c Krunal Pandya b Khaleel Ahmed 13(13): Fall of wicket: 27/2 (3.5 Over)
Wicket: D Arcy Short b Khaleel Ahmed 14(15); 35/3 (5.3 Over)

Marcus Stoinis is the new man for the Aussies. In the last four overs, India have taken two wickets, conceding

Khaleel's figures read: 3-0-21-3

Over 2 || Score 7/1 (D Arcy Short 7; Chris Lynn 0)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck in the second ball of the match to remove Aussie captain Aaron Finch. Edged, and caught behind by Rishabh Pant.

Wicket: Aaron Finch c Rishabh Pant b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0(1); Fall of wicket 1/1 (0.2 Over)

Toss

India captain Virat Kohli won the toss for the second time in the Twenty20 International series on Friday at Melbourne. The India captain opted to bowl first in the second match.

India have fielded an unchanged XI, while the Aussies, out of necessity, brought in Nathan Coulter-Nile for the injured Billy Stanlake.

Playing XIs:

Australia: D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch(c), Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed

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