Cricket

Australia’s great escape

The second match of the Gillette Twenty20 series between Australia and India was abandoned due to poor weather.

60,000 supporters attended the Melbourne Cricket to witnessed the much anticipated second clash of a three-game clash between Australia and India.

Australia had taken out the opening clash by nine runs in Brisbane on Wednesday in another rain-affected game.

Australia was forced to bat first after India’s captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl on a cold and windy evening in Melbourne.

At the toss, Australia captain Aaron Finch had advised of one late change in their line-up with the inclusion of Nathan Coulter-Nile after the withdrawal of Billy Stanlake, due to an injury he picked up in the warm-up.

With the clouds looming, an Aussies batting attack still a little shaky, it didn’t take long for India to strike with captain Finch edging one in the opening over.

Like the first game, India’s fielding efforts were far from its best with two dropped opportunities in the second over.

D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell all failed to take off as another small total score was looming for the frazzled Australia side.

Coulter-Nile showed promise when he hit India’s number one attack weapon Kuldeep Yadav over the rope in his first delivery faced.

The Aussie bowlers came to the rescue with Ben McDermott and Andrew Tye forming a vital partnership in the back-end of the innings.

McDermott was the highest scorer with 32* runs off 30 balls.

The pick of the bowlers for India was Jasprit Bumrah who finished on 1/20 off his four overs.

The umpires reluctantly, and to the protest of Kohli, halted play in the 19th over as rain started to pour down on the wicket.

Duckworth-Lewis system was brought into play and saw India required to chase 46 off five overs but before a bowl could be bowled, the rain started to come down again.

The third and final game will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from 6:50 pm (local time).

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