Australia Vs India LIVE SCORE (t20)

Australia Vs India At Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, 23 November, 2018

23 November, 2018
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

132/7 (19.0 ov)

2nd T20I

Yet To Bat

Match Abandoned

Australia India
132/7 (19.0 ov) - R/R 6.94

Match Ended

This Over
5(5WD)
0
0
0
1
0
4
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Ben McDermott not out 32 30 2 1
Andrew Tye not out 12 13 2 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Current Partnership Last Wicket 101/7 (16)

31 (31) R/R: 10.33

Andrew Tye 12(13)

Nathan Coulter-Nile 18(9) S.R (200)

c sub b Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India vs Australia, Highlights, 2nd T20I at Melbourne, Full Cricket Score: Game called off due to rain

India vs Australia, Highlights, 2nd T20I at Melbourne, Full Cricket Score: Game called off due to rain

16:45 (IST)

Thank you for your company today. Shame there wasn't a result. We will be back on Sunday with all the coverage from final T20I that will be played at Sydney, hopefully we have the a full game at the SCG. The match is scheduled at 1:20 pm IST i.e. 6:50 pm local time. We will be here with the blog from noon. See ya!

16:44 (IST)

22 Nov, 2018: India Women's run of 7 consecutive T20I wins came to an end. 

23 Nov, 2018: India Men's run of 7 consecutive T20I series wins comes to an end. 

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

16:44 (IST)
16:40 (IST)

This is the first T20I with a no result in Australia.

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

16:40 (IST)
16:35 (IST)

Official: Play has been called off. Match abandoned. Australia take 1-0 lead to Sydney on Sunday. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at The MCG

16:35 (IST)
16:32 (IST)

And we are hearing the second T20I has been called off. What a shame for Virat Kohli's India, especially after the visitors put in a solid performance in the first innings coming back off a lacklustre outing in the opening game as rain decides the fate of the second T20I and robs India having a chance of winning their 8th T20I series on the bounce.

 Australia will go with a 1-0 lead in the final T20I to be played at Sydney (*Starts checking Sydney's weather*). The best India can do is draw level and more importantly register first win in their Australia tourney before the four Tests start. 

16:30 (IST)

And... rain is back. No further play expected here. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at The MCG

16:30 (IST)
16:29 (IST)

Target 46 in 5 overs if play resumes. But that doesn't seem likely at this point. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at The MCG

16:29 (IST)
16:21 (IST)

Official: 10.02pm local time is cut off time. In 15 minutes. If we don't start by then, game will be called off. Covers are still on and drizzle about. So we are not looking good here. Even the crowd has stopped dancing now. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at The MCG

16:21 (IST)
16:18 (IST)

I am hearing 10.10 local time (in 25 minutes) is cut off time. If we don't start a five-over game by then, it will be called off. This is unofficial though. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at The MCG

16:18 (IST)
16:08 (IST)

AGAIN Arrggh! This time Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma both were just about to take their first stride into the field of play. Aaron Finch was leading his time out as the Australians started to jog their way to the middle along side the umpires, but they turn and walk back. More frustation as the clouds open once again. 

Highlights

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Latest updates: And we are hearing the second T20I has been called off. What a shame after Virat Kohli's India put in a solid performance in the first innings, the rain decides to play spoilsport. Afraid that's it – Match abandoned due to rain. India won't have a chance to win another T20I series, as how things stand Australia lead 1-0 with final T20I to be played at Sydney, the best India will be able to do is square the series and more importantly register first win in their Australia tourney before the four Tests start.

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Preview: Stung by a narrow loss in the opening encounter, India will like to reassess their playing combination while aiming for a swift turn-around when they take on Australia in the second T20I in Melbourne on Friday. The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, which comprise three back-to-back matches in a short span of five days.

Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch, captain of India and Australia respectively. Reuters/AFP

Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch, captain of India and Australia respectively. Reuters/AFP

Having won seven consecutive bilateral T20 series, Kohli and his men will certainly want to make it eight in a row and for that they may be forced to rejig both their batting and bowling combinations. Bidding for an eighth victory on the bounce now doesn’t seem as straightforward a proposition as it looked earlier with the hosts ready to come all guns blazing after their all-round show in the first game.

The Indian batting line-up could see some rejigging in light of KL Rahul’s patchy form. Since scoring 101 not out in the first T20I against England at Manchester, Rahul hasn’t been able to cross the 30-run mark in next six matches. The team management has persisted with him at number three, benched Manish Pandey and the skipper demoting himself to number four.

Consistency is need of the hour from Rahul, especially considering that he is also set to be a part of India’s top-order in the ensuing Test series. The team management could also be tempted to have a re-look at the bowling attack.

On a grassy surface, Krunal Pandya was plundered for 55 runs in his four wicketless overs and was hit for as many as half a dozen sixes.

If the MCG is also of Gabba’s nature, Kohli might be tempted to bring in leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who boasts of a brilliant wicket-taking record in T20Is. Even then, it remains to be seen if the team management rings in any changes after such a close defeat, especially when the balance is disturbed.

Leaving Pandya out would leave them a batsman short and Kohli might not be keen on taking that gamble. The loss, however narrow, has indeed cast such minute doubts on the Indian team’s strategic preparations in a format, which they have dominated since July 2017.

In the lead-up to the first match, skipper Kohli had spoken about the need to cut down on mistakes and regaining an upper hand at crucial junctures of a game. At Brisbane, the ‘Men in Blue’ were found slacking in the field and it proved to be the ultimate difference in a seesawing game.

Even Kohli himself was guilty of poor effort on the field on at least two occasions, dropping counterpart Aaron Finch in the fourth over and later involved in a misfielding from the deep. Australia boasts of bigger grounds than in India, with bigger boundaries of course, and the MCG will prove to be another humongous challenge in that regard.

The task is cut out in front of the team management to work on fielding angles to elevate their efforts in the second T20I. It doesn’t help that there is such a short turn-around time during this series, that fielding coach R Sridhar won’t be able to work with the players at the MCG.

Any improvements in the field will have to be drilled in theoretically in the dressing room. And thus India will also seek to look at other areas where improvements can be made. The ploy to introduce Adam Zampa as the lone spinner worked wonders for Australia and with an intense fielding effort, Australia were able to make a winning difference.

Things seem very different in the hosts’ camp all of a sudden, when they were simply considered second best to the Men in Blue across all departments less than 48 hours ago. Melbourne is experiencing a stormy spell in the latter half of this week, so there is a slight chance that the second T20I could also be rain-affected.

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: November 23, 2018 17:01:55 IST

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