Jan 29, 2016 Highlights 17:19 (IST) OUT! Brilliant work from the fielder. Finch departs. A Finch run out 74 (48b 8x4 2x6) 17:15 (IST) 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 17:02 (IST) 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 16:58 (IST) 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 16:44 (IST) 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 15:48 (IST) 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 15:46 (IST) 15:45 (IST) 15:29 (IST) OUT! Oh, dear. Yet another run-out involving Rohit and Kohli. This time Rohit is the victim. Their running had been very good so far, but a complete mix-up as Rohit wanted a second, Kohli didn't,. 15:06 (IST) OUT! It's the 7th bowler Maxwell who gets the first breakthrouh. Soft, soft dismissal. Dhawan tries to reverse-sweep & hits it straight to Lynn. That over started with a huge six 12:06 (IST) History in Melbourne! The ladies have done it. Mithali Raj hits the winning run, a flick to the square leg. It is a 10 wicket win for India and at the home of the T20 World Champions. What a win. 10:56 (IST) Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of the second T20I between India and Australia in Melbourne. We are starting a bit early if you noticed. That's because the Indian women's 18:14(IST)
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Virat Kohli is named the Man of the Match. 17:47(IST)
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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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.
17:38(IST) 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.
17:35(IST) 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.
17:30(IST) 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.
17:29(IST) 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.
17:26(IST) 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.
17:21(IST) 17:21(IST) 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.
17:19(IST) 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. 17:12(IST)
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 17:10(IST)
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 17:04(IST) 17:02(IST)
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) 16:54(IST)
So, that's there. Hope you guys got all that. Pandya will bowl the 10th over... 16:54(IST) 16:53(IST) 16:53(IST) 16:52(IST)
OUT! It's all happening at the MCG - Marsh falls. Will have to just embed the tweets here to keep on track. Here goes.... 16:52(IST)
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 16:44(IST)
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) 16:41(IST) 16:39(IST)
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) 16:34(IST)
Bumrah with his third over too. Interesting contrasts
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) 16:28(IST)
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) 16:24(IST)
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) 16:20(IST)
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) 16:14(IST) 16:14(IST)
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) 16:11(IST) 16:10(IST) 16:10(IST) 16:08(IST)
Right, back for the chase. Finch & Marsh at the crease. Nehra
ji to start 16:00(IST)
Your daily reminder, folks. Firstpost's Game Plan will be streamed right here at the end of the match. Will Australia come back & can India clinch the series?
Kohli is in fine form. (Stating the obvious, yes)
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. 15:46(IST)
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 15:45(IST)
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. 15:43(IST)
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) 15:38(IST)
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) 15:35(IST)
Surprised that Dhoni is still keeping Yuvi in the dressing room. Tye is back in the attack. And what looked like a good over, is spoiled by an excellent four by Kohli off the penultimate ball. He moved wide off leg stump, Tye sends it wide of off, but he stretches and guides past point for 4. Brilliant batting.
After 17 overs India 152/2 (Kohli 38, Dhoni 3) 15:30(IST) 15:29(IST) 15:29(IST) OUT! Oh, dear. Yet another run-out involving Rohit and Kohli. This time Rohit is the victim. Their running had been very good so far, but a complete mix-up as Rohit wanted a second, Kohli didn't,. End of another great innings from Rohit.
After 16 overs India 143/2 (Kohli 32, Dhoni 0) 15:22(IST) 15:22(IST)
Boland joins the list of bowlers getting smashed around the MCG. After a mishit inside-out loft that falls safely, Kohli stands and delivers again - a straight drive six. 12 from that over. 5 overs to go, how much can India get here?
After 15 overs, India 134/1 (Rohit 58, Kohli 25) 15:19(IST)
Hastings poor day continues. Three boundaries in that over, as Kohli joins the party. First a upper cut wide of third man, then a stand and deliver hit over cover, followed by a chip down the track, over extra cover. 15 from the over. Hastings figures: 3-0-35-0
After 14 overs, India 122/1 (Rohit 55, Kohli 16) 15:15(IST)
Tye is having a good debut. Just five runs off that over. An excellent shot from Kohli too, as he deftly guides a good length ball to 3rd man.
After 13 overs, India 109/1 (Rohit 54, Kohli 4) 15:11(IST)
Watson comes back into the attack.
Rohit Sharma brings up his fifty with a super shot to third-man, guiding it past the keeper at the last minute.
After 12 overs, India 104/1 (Rohit 53, Kohli 1) 15:06(IST) OUT! It's the 7th bowler Maxwell who gets the first breakthrouh. Soft, soft dismissal. Dhawan tries to reverse-sweep & hits it straight to Lynn. That over started with a huge six from Rohit Sharma, as he cleared his foot and deposits the full ball over long off.
After 11 overs, India 97/1 (Rohit 47) 15:04(IST)
Boland seems to be bowling on a different pitch. After a one-run first over, just three runs off his second. And that with a very tight single off the last ball.
After 10 overs, India 86/0 (Rohit 35, Dhawan 40)
Make that 7 different bowlers. Maxwell into the attack now. But India can manage only six singles. A bit of a breather.
After 9 overs, India 83/0 (Rohit 35, Dhawan 40) 14:54(IST)
Nathan Lyon in the attack. Sixth bowler, in case any one is still keeping count. Lyon bowls a big fulltoss of the third ball and Rohit gets the benefit of facing the free hit and launches it into the stands for a huge, huge six! 15 runs from that over. India are on fire.
After 8 overs, India 77/0 (Rohit 32, Dhawan 37) 14:49(IST)
Faulkner is back and goes for more runs. Dhawan is in explosive form at the middle right now. Dances down the track but mishits a straight drive, which almost carried to the boundary, but just about. No fielder back there. And then comes the shot of the day. A good bouncer, close to Dhawan's chin, but he upperr-cuts it over the keeper and it goes all the way! Stunning shot.
After 7 overs, India 62/0 (Rohit 24, Dhawan 31) 14:46(IST)
Andrew Tye, the debutant into the attack. That's the 5th different bowler Australia have used and it's only the 7th over! This one is a very good one though, just six off it. Got a couple of balls to rise from good lengths, hitting Rohit on the arm once. A few quick singles & a mishit over midwicket, makes it a good start for Tye.
Fifty up for India
After 6 overs, India 50/0 (Rohit 23, Dhawan 20) 14:41(IST)
Yes. Can Dhoni's men follow suit?
Last 17 balls, 37 runs. Some acceleration that is.
14:38(IST) The Indian innings has exploded at MCG! 17 from Hastings over, and now 15 from Faulkner's first. Rohit with 3 fours. Was an omen when he took 10 balls to get off the mark, one thinks. First, a cheeky on-the-knees sweep to fine leg. Then a lofted straight drive over midoff from an overpitched delivery. And then the best of the lot - steps down, sees it full, gets down and guides it between slip and short third man. Lovely! After 6 overs, India 44/0 (Rohit 20, Dhawan 18)
That escalated quickly. Hastings got a pasting that over. Rohit, first ball, sends a crashing front-foot square cut to the point fence. Dhawan then plays a mirror image of that shot, before slapping one over midwicket off his front foot and it goes a long way. 4,1,4,6 to start that over. 17 from it.
After 5 overs, India 29/0 (Rohit 6, Dhawan 17)
This has been a struggle so far for Rohit. Boland into the attack and Rohit is playing and missing outside off. Gets off the mark off his 10th delivery.
After 3 overs, India 12/0 (Rohit 1, Dhawan 5) 14:24(IST)
Hastings did not get much movement in that over. Starts off with a bad ball on the pads and Dhawan glances it to fine leg for his first boundary. Four dot balls follow as Dhawan misses out on a couple of balls on the pads. Takes a single off the last ball
After 2 overs, India 10/0 (Rohit 0, Dhawan 5) 14:22(IST)
Seems clear that this won't be all in favour of the batsmen at the MCG today. Hastings to continue...
There will be definite help for the seam bowlers, as Watson showed in that over. He is getting the ball to move away, and Rohit was beaten twice in that over. One ball that he strayed on the pad, Rohit put it away for four to fine leg. (off the pads)
After 1 over India 5/0 (Rohit 0, Dhawan 0) 14:15(IST)
Shane Watson will start for Australia...
Alright, time for more action. Indian openers walk out. Rohit & Shikhar will hope for another good start. There is still rain in the air....
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Quite surprising to be honest, that we would see India name a unchanged lineup and Australia would make six changes.
6 Changes -
Australia XI: Finch, S Marsh, Lynn, Maxwell, Watson, Wade, Faulkner, Hastings, Boland, Tye, Lyon. 13:55(IST)
Australia have handed T20I debuts to - Nathan Lyon, Andrew Tye and Scott Boland. Steven Smith, David Warner and Shaun Tait are also out. John Hastings Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell come in.
Toss - Australia have won the toss and elected to field. Australia have gone in with 6 changes. While no changes for India. 13:40(IST)
Average score in T20Is at MCG is 157/6, Average score Batting first - 161/8. The team batting 2nd has won 4 out of 6 matches. So the captain who wins the toss would be looking to chase.
It's a fresh pitch which is not used since the 2015 World Cup semi-final. It's a good all-round track but Mark Waugh says there will be something in it for the bowlers.
We are moments away from the toss. There's a stat shown on TV -
When Kohli scores 30 plus in T20Is, which has happened 15 times, India have won 10 games and lost 5 with a win percentage of 67%. 13:14(IST)
What a day this is turning out to be for Indian women in sports!
In the build-up to this short T20 series then, both Dhoni and Ravi Shastri were very vocal about fielding the seniors - especially Yuvraj and Raina - in the first T20I itself.
Alright, time to look forward then. As we wait for the 2nd match of the day to start, here are a few articles for your reading pleasure. First up, Chetan Narula writes on how India should ensure Yuvraj & Raina are used better, ahead of World T20
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Mithali: It's an all-round perormance, girls really stood up to challenge, exceptional effort to win without preparation in Australia, 12:06(IST)
History in Melbourne! The ladies have done it. Mithali Raj hits the winning run, a flick to the square leg. It is a 10 wicket win for India and at the home of the T20 World Champions. What a win. Great going, ladies. 11:59(IST)
Things have escalated quickly at the MCG! India need just two runs to win for a historic series win. Revised target of 66 in 10. India are 65 in 9 overs
Reminder that if the Indian women win this match, this will be their FIRST-EVER bilateral series win in Australia. Considering how far ahead the Southern Stars have come, with the women's BBL and all that, this will be a massive, massive win for Mithali Raj & Co. As it stands, they are ahead of the par score on Duckworth-Lewis.
This is now more than just a solid start by India. Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana have put India in the driver's seat. 50 is up for India in quick time - 7.2 overs. Raj is on 27, Smriti 15.
After a delayed start, Australia (or Southern Stars as they are called) put 127 on the board in the reduced quote of 18 overs. Mithali Raj & co have begun their chase. Remember, they chased down 143 in the first match - their highest ever chase in T20s.
Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of the second T20I between India and Australia in Melbourne. We are starting a bit early if you noticed. That's because the Indian women's team have just begun their chase in their second T20, also looking to clinch the series. We'll bring you updates in regular intervals, as we wait for Dhoni's men to take the field later in the day. 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.
MS Dhoni in action against Australia. Getty
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.