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Highlights, India vs Australia, 3rd T20I at Hyderabad: Match called off due to wet outfield

  • So, after waiting for almost 40 mintues, it seems like the presentation isn't going to happen. Wonder what happened to the trophy. Anyways, it's time to bid goodbye. Take care. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Australia v India in 2017:
     
    Test series: 2-1 (India) 
    ODI series: 4-1 (India) 
    T20I series: 1-1 (Drawn)

  • JUST IN: The third T20I between India and Australia has been called off due to wet outfield. The two sides share the series honours at 1-1. 

  • Things looking pretty bleak at the moment. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    It is time BCCI ordered all major centres to go for SubAir System. KSCA is the only cricket stadium in the world to have it and the system is so good they do not even bother to cover the ground when it rains. Only the pitch square is covered. If Hyderabad had the system they could have started play by now. The Rs 4.5 crore system is a marvel. Crores of rupees of sponsorship, telecast time and branding could be saved by insisting that all stadia have it. After all BCCI provides funds for infrastructure development. 

  • Bad news coming in. The pitch inspection has been delayed. It will now be at 7:45 pm. 

  • Hardik and Kohli are having fan and batting left-handed. While, the Indian captain could connect one or two, Pandya got bowled on the second ball. What else can you do when it is not raining and still you have to wait for the match to start? 

  • Virat Kohli and David Warner having a word with the umpires. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Its going to be a truncated match. Underfoot conditions are not good after the excessive soaking the ground has taken over the past three weeks. Luckily no rains. But ground too soft and soggy for any immediate start. 
     
     

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken 28 wickets at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad in T20 cricket which is the second most by any bowler after Amit Mishra (30) at the venue in this format. 

  • Even walking is a pain on this soggy outfield, says Murali Karthik on air. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    David Warner holds the record of scoring most runs at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad in T20 cricket.  He has amassed 1291 runs from 27 innings at an average of 61.47. 

  • Pitch report: The ball might tend to skid which will help Australian bowlers. The ball generally comes onto the bat in Hyderabad. It is a bat first kind of wicket, considering the deck and the weather. There will also something for the new ball bowlers, say Sunil Gavaskar and Brett Lee at the inspection. 

  • In other news, Babar Azam, after an ordinary Test series, is back among runs against Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI. Pakistan are 165/3 after 34 overs. Follow all the action here

  • Debdutta Bhattacharjee, Firstpost journalist and writer

    Some bad news early on. The toss has been delayed due to a wet outfield. Next inspection at 7 pm.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Skipper Virat Kohli is long overdue a huge innings. He is an impact player in any form of the game, especially T20 cricket and badly needs to leave him imprint as batsman in the series. Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav too need to fire. Beherendorff who shook up the entire top order with that haul of four wickets in four overs in the last T20 match will be keenly watched. Will his left arm pace challenge the Indian batsmen yet again? 

  • Aussies have some new heroes after that Guwahati win. Jason Beherendorff and Adam Zampa. The leg-spinner, after being belted around in the ODIs and 1st T20I, did excellently in the second. He could be a changed bowler. Let's see when Hardik Pandya takes him on.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    The Guwahati win would have pepped up the Aussies and given them heart. The T20I series decider today — literally a final — thus has that needle: India wanting to drive home their superiority in the limited-overs series and the Aussies wanting to go back with at least the T20I series in the bag. Rain is an issue at Hyderabad, as it is in most parts of south India. Thus it would come as a very pleasant surprise if it were a full match.

  • India vs Australia, 3rd T20I preview: Ruffled Virat Kohli and Co aim to re-establish supremacy over upbeat visitors at Hyderabad

    While we wait for the toss, go through Amit Banerjee's preview.

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  • Debdutta Bhattacharjee, Firstpost correspondent at Hyderabad

    Dark,  gloomy skies. It doesn't look good at all with just an hour and a half for the match to start. There are a few drops of rain too.

  • India vs Australia: Amid fears of rain, spirited Hyderabad promises to 'show what we're made of'

    Debdutta Bhattacharjee captures Hyderabad's mood ahead of the third T20I. Have a read!

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  • Let's hope it stays away. 

  • Hello and welcome to Firstpost's coverage of the third T20I between India and Australia. Thanks to a convincing Australian victory, the Hyderabad game is now a series decider. David Warner, Moises Henriques will be playing at their 'home' ground as will Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The Sunrisers Hyderabad fans will be keen for the match to start. It has been raining since the last few days in Hyderabad and we sincerely hope that rain doesn't play spoilsport. Follow our blog for all live updates. 

Update: The third T20I between India and Australia has been called off due to wet outfield. The two sides share the series honours at 1-1.

Preview: After receiving an eight-wicket thrashing in the second Twenty20 International (T20I), India will aim for a better show when they take on Australia in their third and final cricket match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday.

Left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff had wiped away India's top-four in Guwahati as the hosts were bundled out for 118 in the second match of the T20I series. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, too, had foxed the Indians with his guile and variety.

Australia stand-in captain David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli. AP

Australia stand-in captain David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli. AP

India will hope that the batting failure was a one-off incident and their batsmen will come out all guns blazing in the decisive tie.

Australia had lost the One-Day International (ODI) series 1-4 and Thursday's match presents a great opportunity for them to take a trophy back home. They will be full of confidence after the win in the second T20I.

India skipper Virat Kohli will seek to continue his winning run in terms of series wins.

The hosts will heavily rely on their hard-hitting batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav will add depth to the Indian batting line-up.

On the bowling front, skipper Virat Kohli might also fancy playing veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, who will retire from international cricket on November 1 in a T20I against New Zealand in Delhi.

The Indian bowling will be spearheaded by pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will look to providing the brakes on the Australian batting in the middle overs.

On the other hand, the visitors will hope for a better show from their middle order, including the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, who have failed to click as a unit so far.

All-rounders Moises Henriques and Dan Christian will be asked to deliver -- both with the ball and bat. Henriques and Christian have played a lot of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at this venue. Visiting skipper David Warner captains the Sunrisers Hyderabad -- the city-based IPL franchise -- and knows the venue inside out. This will be crucial in terms of being prepared for the crucial tie.

Warner will pin his hopes on pacers Patrick Cummins, Behrendorff, Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile to keep the Indian batsmen under control.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ashish Nehra, Lokesh Rahul, Axar Patel.

Australia: David Warner (captain), Moises Henriques, Aaron Finch, Tim Paine (wicket-keeper), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson.

With inputs from IANS




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119

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