That's it from us here! Do join us for the 3rd and final T20I on Sunday. Until then, goodbye and take care.
That's it from us here! Do join us for the 3rd and final T20I on Sunday. Until then, goodbye and take care.
Virat Kohli is named the Man of the Match.
Kohli and Rohit had made sure that India had posted a decent 184 on this MCG wicket. In reply, Australia got off to a flier with the openers adding 94 from 9.4 overs. But then, the introduction of spinners turned it around and Ashwin along with Jadeja choked the Australians in the middle overs. Yuvraj too chipped in. In the end, Australia had the momentum completely sucked and they fell well short.
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That's it! India win by, they seal the series and are 2-0 up.
India win by 27 runs as Bumrah cleans up Tye off the last ball of the match. Dhoni straightaway charges & uproots a stump - Dhoni style. Brilliant performance from them.
OUT! Bumrah cleans up Hastings. 33 needed off 4.
A yorker on off, Hastings goes for a wild swing but misses it completely. Only finds his stumps shattered.
Tye is the new batsman.
Bumrah will bowl the final over.
After 19 overs Australia 151/6 (Wade 15, Hastings 4)
Brilliant over from Nehra. Bowled it very full and didn't give the batsmen any width. Six singles off the over. 34 needed off 6 balls.
After 18 overs Australia 145/6 (Wade 12, Hastings 1)
Ashwin might have been hit for a six but he bowls a very good over under pressure. He mixed his pace really well with some clever lines. 8 runs off the over. 40 needed off 12 balls.
After 17 overs Australia 137/6 (Wade 5, Hastings 0)
A successful over for India. It seemed line Australia will finally have a good over as Faulkner hammered one over deep mid-wicket. for a six. He then got a couple off the inside edge but then a lucky stumping of Faulkner made sure India ended the over well. 11 runs and a wicket off the over. 48 needed off 18 balls.
OUT! Dhoni gets lucky. Faulkner departs. JP Faulkner st Dhoni b Jadeja 10 (7b 0x4 1x6)
Faulkner is stumped as it ricochets off Dhoni's pads onto the stumps. It's full outside off, Faulkner goes for a wild swing across the line but misses. Dhoni doesn't collect it but it hits his pads and ricochets onto the stumps.
Hastings is the new batsman.
After 16 overs Australia 126/5 (Faulkner 1, Wade 3)
A brilliant over from Ashwin. Just two runs and a run out of Finch in that over. Australia need 59 from 24 balls.
OUT! Brilliant work from the fielder. Finch departs. A Finch run out 74 (48b 8x4 2x6)
Jadeja at it again, Wade pushes it to extra cover, they set off for a quick single. Jadeja fires in a bullet throw. Finch is struggling with his hamstring, Dhoni whips the bails off and Finch is found just short on the replays.
James Faulkner is the enw batsman.
OUT! Woof, what a return-catch. Watson hit a booming straight drive, but Jadeja snatches it at full speed. Watson can't believe it . ':O' sums up his reaction, for the lack of better words. Stunning take! Just 5 runs from that over. The left-armers with a couple of crucial overs.
After 15 overs Australia 124/4 (Finch 74, Wade 2) Need 61 from 30 balls.
Yuvraj with his 2nd over and it is another good one. Finch seems intent to stay till the end. Good effort at short third by Ashwin in that over to save a few runs - a rare dive from the Chennai man.
After 14 overs Australia 119/3
Pandya concedes 13 in his 2nd over - first a run down to third man for a four (outside edge) by Watson. Then a delicate touch past short third man.
After 13 overs Australia 115/3
OUT! Yuvraj into the attack and strikes straight away - no Maxwell magic at the MCG this time. An innocuous ball outside off, Maxi charges down and misses it. Dhoni is lightning quick this time and whips the bails off in no time. 'Piechucker' strikes. Just 3 runs from the over too.
After 12 overs Australia 102/3 (Finch 69, Watson 1)
OUT! Quick wickets for India. Pandya gets one in his first over, as Dhoni takes a skier. Lynn departs. Think it was a slower one, Lynn goes for a heave and the top-edge is in the air for the long time, swirling around but Dhoni steadies himself and takes a good catch.
After 11 overs Australia 99/2 (Finch 68, Maxwell 0)
So, that's there. Hope you guys got all that. Pandya will bowl the 10th over...
OUT! It's all happening at the MCG - Marsh falls. Will have to just embed the tweets here to keep on track. Here goes....
11 runs from Jadeja's over and Australia are comfortably in the driver's seat at the MCG. Finch mistimes a pull but Yadav at square leg puts in a despairing dive that pushes the ball over the ropes. Tough, tough chance.
After 9 overs Australia 89/0
Spin in tandem for India. Jadeja with the 7th and Ashwin from the other end. Jadeja concedes just 5, with his usual tight line. A big moment in that over as Dhoni completely fails to gather with Marsh outside his crease. (YES, DHONI MISSED A STUMPING!)
Ashwin is then welcomed witha big six - a slog sweep that went very high but just cleared the boundary. Finch gets his 50 of 27 balls. Ashwin concedes 11. The wet ball could nullify India's spinners here.
After 8 overs Australia 78/0 (Finch 34, Marsh 11)
The strategies might be different, but the result is the same - bowlers getting mauled. Bumrah gets hit for 14 in his 3rd, and another over where Australia gets three boundaries. The off-drive off the fifth ball by Finch the pick of the lot - a near-yorker smashed past Kohli at mid-off.
After 6 overs Australia 48/0 (Finch 34, Marsh 11)
Nehra is back for his 3rd over - complete contrast to how Finch used his bowlers. Nehra goes wide off the last ball and Finch crashes it past short third man. 10 from it.
After 5 overs Australia 48/0 (Finch 34, Marsh 11)
Bumrah is unlucky there - follows Finch as he makes room and bowls a good bouncer but the top-edge flies to fine leg for four. Bumrah gets one to nip back and it cuts Marsh in half - and Dhoni is suprised the pace too, gives a bye.
After 4 overs Australia 38/0 (Finch 26, Marsh 10)
Oh, dear! That was not a good over from Nehra. First a pull shot over mid-on from Marsh is pulled back just ahead of the boundary line by Pandya - there is definite dew on the field and outfield has slowed down. Consequently, the ball is coming on quick from the track too.Finch cracks a hat-trick of boundaries - first to fine leg off his pads, then pulled through midwicket and then a cheeky flick past short fine-leg. Poor from Nehra, excellent from Finch,.
After 3 overs Australia 30/0 (Finch 20, Marsh 9)
Not the best of starts for Bumrah. Finch blasts a couple of boundaries in that over. First a pull through midwicket and then a straight drive.
After 2 overs Australia 14/0 (Finch 7, Marsh 6)
Just four runs from the first over and only two off the bat as Nehra gets off to a good start, hitting the deck right away. Bumrah from the other end
After 1 over Australia 4/0 (Finch 1, Marsh 1)
Right, back for the chase. Finch & Marsh at the crease. Nehra ji to start
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And that's the end of Indian innings. The last two balls fetch just three runs & Raina goes back without facing a ball (almost run out for the rear 0 off 0 too). India finish 184 for 3 in 20 overs. A very good score, it must be said.
OUT! Dhoni is gone trying to play another heave over long-off for a six (that looked like a helicopter too). Watson takes the catch at long-off. Dhoni goes for 14 off 9 balls
Fifty! Kohli continues his fine form, gets there with a beautiful shot - an easy-on-the-eye cover drive, after almost getting yorked from a full ball. Tye must be wondering what more can he do.
Faulkner comes back for his 3rd over. Dhoni brings out the helicopter! A powerful hit off a full-ball that flies over Faulkner's head. But after getting hit for a four off the second ball, Faulkner comes back well. Just eight runs off it. LAst over coming up..
After 19 overs India 174/2 (Kohli 49, Dhoni 14)
Another good over for India. After two quick doubles, Kohli jumps and hits a square cut off a slower ball from Boland. Dhoni gets into the act then, with a heavy pull shot from a full toss - almost a no-ball too.
After 18 overs India 166/2 (Kohli 47, Dhoni 8)
Match preview: India look to clinch series in second T20I against Australia
Melbourne: On a high after a dominating the show in the first Twenty20 International, India will aim to hold on to their current form and, most importantly, seal the three-match series when they face Australia in the second match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here on Friday.
Having lost the One-Day International (ODI) 1-4, the visitors came back strongly in the first match of the shortest format of the game to win it by 37 runs and take a 1-0 lead.
Both the batsman and the bowlers delivered when it mattered most to give India the much needed win in the important series before the World T20 in March-April.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will aim to take the series on Friday and try to experiment with their squad in the third match in Sydney on Sunday.
Virat Kohli who is rightly the most successful batsman so far in the series Down Under will once again look to exploit the home side bowlers after his quickfire unbeaten 90 in the first match which helped India post a challenging score on the board.
The vice-captain shared a 134-run stand for the third wicket with Suresh Raina, who was playing his first match after missing out on the ODI squad. The Uttar left-hander scored 41 and will look to continue to impress as he not only bids to retain his place in the T20I team but only to regain his lost slot in the ODI side.
Another player, who will be in focus is Yuvraj Singh, who didn't get to bat in the first ODI. The veteran southpaw turned out for India after a gap of more than 18 months and he will look to make the most of the opportunity before the World T20 at home in March.
Yuvraj and Raina will add more firepower to the in-form trio Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli who have been among runs recently.
The change in format worked well for the Indian pace bowlers after they got sure hammering in the ODIs.
Experienced Ashish Nehra, young Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya bowled well in tandem to defend a challenging total.
The trio was well supported by spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. With all the players delivering in the first outing, Dhoni is likely to go ahead with the same squad and will aim to bag the series.
India can claim the top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I rankings if they make a clean sweep of the series, which could serve as an added motivation for the Dhoni-led side.
On the other hand, Australia, after a successful ODI campaign, went short of fuel in the T20I opener. Both bowlers and batsmen failed to make an impact in a batting friendly Adelaide wicket.
On Saturday, the home side will be without star batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith, who are being rested ahead of the New Zealand tour next month.
But hard-hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell, who missed the opener, is most likely to return to fill in the middle order gap.
His presence will give the hosts an added boost. Experienced all-rounder Shane Watson who starred with the ball in the first match will be someone to watch out for again.
Veteran pacer Shaun Tait after going for runs in the first match will look to come back strong on Friday.