India vs Australia 2019, 2nd T20I, Live cricket score, Bengaluru: Glenn Maxwell special leads Australia to 2-0 series win

Man of the Series and Man of the Match, Glenn Maxwell says he feels really good. Mentions they were eager to win this series as they haven’t enjoyed a lot of success in India. Further adds the amount of T20 cricket he has been playing has helped. States the wicket was really good and they were expecting it to get easier when the quicks came on towards the end. Ends by saying the responsibility was on him once D’Arcy got out and he did not let the momentum slip.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that it was a pretty short series and they outplayed us in both games. Explains that they improved their performance here after the first T20I. Admits that 190 is a competitive total but when there is dew and when someone plays as Maxwell they always deserve to win. States that a T20 series loss does not mean much before the World Cup. Says that they wanted to experiment with the squad and will continue to do so even in the ODI series. Mentions there was a lot of dew and he won’t be harsh on his bowlers.On his own batting performance the skipper says this is one pitch where the ball comes to the bat nicely and the batsman can play their shot.

Peter Handscomb is down on the sidelines for the interview. He says it was a pleasure to sit at the other end and witness the Maxi show. Explains the plan was to take it as deep as possible and it worked. On how high is the confidence amongst the group after this win. Handscomb states that confidence is high now going into the ODIs. Today Maxwell stood up and it will give confidence to the rest of the batting line up. On being asked how good is Glenn Maxwell, Handscomb laughs and says he is a freak then goes onto say he is very good and maturing with each game.

Earlier in the day, the Indians, courtesy the partnership between Kohli and Dhoni ended with 10 less than 200. The Indian skipper scored an excellent 72 but his effort was bettered by Maxwell who scored a ton and ensured India’s total was not enough.

The Indian bowling started off well but once the dew set in, they struggled. The spinners especially as the two went for 80 in the 8 overs they bowled. Bumrah was once again economical, Shankar got two wickets but went for runs. Kaul however, had a day to forget. In the end, it was not a bowling performance they would be happy with.

The chase however did not began in the best of fashion. The experiment of opening with Stoinis once again failed and Finch’s poor run with the bat continued. The Aussies were struggling at 42-2 and with both the spinners yet to be introduced into the attack, the chips looked down for the Aussies. However, Maxwell and Short then played smart cricket. They somehow managed to get a boundary almost per over and revived the hopes in the Australian camp. Despite the opener falling, the Aussies did not let the pressure get to them. Maxwell found the boundary when needed and Handscomb ensured he did not let the pressure build too. The Big Show got to his ton and took Australia over the line with two balls to go.

What a chase did we just witness! Brilliant, just brilliant! Take a bow Glenn Maxwell. What a knock by him! Australia needed someone to play a knock of a life time when they were struggling at 22-2 and it has come from the Big Show. Yes, he has stolen the show here tonight and in some style. Credit to Short and Handscomb. First it was the former who played a good hand with Maxwell as the two scored yet another handy stand which accounted for 73. Once the left-hander fell, it was the Peter Handscomb who played as the perfect foil to Glenn who scored a ton and gave Australia their first T20I series win in India and Kohli’s first loss in a series at home as Indian captain.

What a chase did we just witness! Brilliant, just brilliant! Take a bow Glenn Maxwell. What a knock by him!

19.4 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. FOUR, FOUR! MAXWELL FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE! He lets out a huge roar as Australia have won the T20I series and that too for the first time in India. A length ball by Kaul, Maxwell clears his front leg and slaps it through covers. The field was up so he only needed to beat the fielders in the ring and he does so. It races to the fence and GIVES AUSTRALIA THE VICTORY BY 7 WICKETS!

19.3 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. SIX, SIX.

19.2 – Siddarth Kaul to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Just a single again! A yorker on off, PH could do is jam it out to point. Top, top stuff by the youngster here.

19.1 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Good start to the last over! A single. Full toss on off, Maxwell hits it towards cover for a run.

9 to bowl the last over! The responsibility has been given to Kaul. In the last game, Yadav failed to defend 13. Can he do what his veteran could not? He has 4 runs less to defend.

End of over 19 ( 5 Runs )AUS 182/3

18.6 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, On the pads, flicked away to deep mid-wicket and calmly takes one. Leaves himself with 9 to get in the last over.

18.5 – Jasprit Bumrah to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Full toss on the leg side. Peter hits it straight again but this time towards mid on. Gets Maxwell on strike.

18.4 – Jasprit Bumrah to Peter Handscomb. no run, Fuller ball on the stumps. Handscomb drives it along the turf but it hits the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Dot ball.

18.3 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Third yorker in a row! Maxwell manages to squeeze it out towards square leg for another run. Three singles to begin with.

18.2 – Jasprit Bumrah to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Another yorker, Handscomb jams it out towards point for a single.

18.1 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, 100 for Maxwell! What a knock and the whole ground is up, giving him a standing ovation. He deserves every bit of it as he has almost single-handedly taking Australia home here. A yorker on off, Maxwell looks to jam it out but it goes off the bottom part, on the bounce towards short third man for a run.

End of over 18 ( 18 Runs )AUS 177/3

100 runs for Glenn Maxwell 100 runs for Glenn Maxwell

17.6 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, High full toss again outside off. No, no-ball given. Maxwell swings but it goes to Shankar at long off. He takes the catch but it cannot be out as it is a Free Hit. They cross. Australia get 18 from the over and all looks easy for them now.

100 runs for Glenn Maxwell 100 runs for Glenn Maxwell

17.6 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. no ball, SIX, NO- BALL! SIX! Going, going gone! Full toss above waist outside off, Maxwell gets behind it and smokes this over mid-wicket for a big six! Free Hit up next…

17.5 – Siddarth Kaul to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, On middle and leg, Peter plays it with a straight bat towards mid on for one.

17.4 – Siddarth Kaul to Peter Handscomb. 2 runs, Yorker on the off pole, Handscomb guides it towards deep point and gets an easy two. Australia are walking away with this.

17.3 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Fuller ball in line of the stumps, Maxwell turns his bat to cow corner for a single.

17.2 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. SIX, SIX! Picked up the slower ball and smacks this over the bowler’s head. How easy was that. Full around off, Glenn gets it off the middle and hits it straight into the sight-screen.

17.1 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. no run, Short ball on the body of Maxwell. He goes for the pull but misses out. Dot ball to start with.

Siddarth Kaul to bowl the 18th over.

End of over 17 ( 12 Runs )AUS 159/3

16.6 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, A single! So 12 this over! 32 needed in 18 and now one ca say Australia are favorites here. Full and wide outside off, Maxwell hits it over covers for a run.

16.5 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. FOUR, FOUR.

16.4 – Jasprit Bumrah to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Goes back to bowling length, PH guides it down to third man for a run.

16.3 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, A yorker, Maxwell strokes it through mid off for a run.

150 runs for AUS

16.2 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. FOUR, FOUR! Pin-drop silence here! Full and outside off, Maxwell watches the ball closely and then lofts it over the cover and into the fence. A boundary early in the over. Pressure on the bowler.

16.1 – Jasprit Bumrah to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, An overthrow in the end! Firstly, a top effort by Pandya. The ball was cut towards his left and he makes a diving stop, saving three for his side. Maxwell in the meantime was off but then was sent back. Pandya has a shy but misses at the non-striker’s end. The batsmen then run an overthrow.

Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack.

End of over 16 ( 16 Runs )AUS 147/3

15.6 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. no run, No run.

15.5 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, 1 run.

15.4 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Played to mid-wicket region by GM. The batsmen have run through for a single.

15.3 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. SIX, SIX! Another one! First a sweep and now gets one with a reverse sweep! Around off, Maxwell gets into position and reverse sweeps this over backward point for a huge hit. The 50-run stand is up in just 26 balls.

15.2 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. SIX, SIX! HUGE! What a shot. Fuller ball on the leg side again. Maxwell sweeps this over backward square leg for a big hit.

15.1- Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 2 runs, Lovely running. A fumble from Rahul helps the Aussies cause. Leg spinner on the pads, Maxwell turns his bat through mid-wicket and runs the first one hard. Puts KL in pressure and gets the second comfortably.

End of over 15 ( 10 Runs )AUS 131/3

14.6 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, A single to end! 10 from it! 60 from 5 now. Fires it on middle, Maxwell looks to pull but it goes off the inner half to deep backward square leg for a run..

14.5 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. SIX, SIX! Just like that! He just needs to hold his ground and hit it on its merit! It is on the stumps and slightly short. Maxwell clears his front leg and tonks it over the bowler’s head. It has got enough power and clears the fence easily..

14.4 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. no run, Goes for the reverse sweep but misses, it hits him high on the pads. Maxwell maybe trying a lot here.

14.3 – Krunal Pandya to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Swept again but to the man in the deep square leg region for another single. Singles won’t harm the Indians.

14.2 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Slightly short and on middle, Maxwell pulls it down towards long on for a run. GM is not happy with himself as that was there to be hit.

14.2 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. wide, 1 run, Wide outside off, left alone. It has been wided.

14.1 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. no run, Fired on the pads, Maxwell looks to hit it over the fence on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads.

End of over 14 ( 8 Runs )AUS 121/3

13.6 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, The slider on off, Maxwell strokes it through covers and gets to the other end. 70 needed in 6 now.

13.5 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Brings the sweep shot, hits it well towards deep square leg for a run.

13.4 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Peter Handscomb. FOUR, FOUR! Top shot! He not only uses his feet but also makes room. Gets to the pitch of the ball this time and hits it over covers for a boundary.

13.3 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Slower through the air on middle, Maxwell guides it towards point and takes a run.

13.2 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Uses his feet again and works it through mid-wicket for a single.

13.1 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Peter Handscomb. no run, Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball. Handscomb strokes it to covers. Maxwell wants a run but is sent back.

Yuzvendra Chahal back into the attack.

End of over 13 ( 5 Runs )AUS 113/3

12.6 – Krunal Pandya to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, On middle and leg, Handscomb turns this towards mid-wicket to add another run to the total.

50 runs for Glenn Maxwell

12.5 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Back-to-back fifties for Maxwell. He flicks it towards mid-wicket for one. His 7th in this format. If he stays till the end, there is only one winner.

12.4 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. no run, Quicker on the stumps, Maxwell blocks it back to the bowler.

12.3 – Krunal Pandya to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Handscomb stays inside, punches this off his back foot towards mid on for another run.

12.2 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. leg byes, 1 run, On the pads, Maxi gets it off his thigh pad to the on side to; rotate strike. Leg Bye given.

12.1 – Krunal Pandya to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Fuller on the stumps, driven to long off to get to the other end.

AUS 108/3

11.6 – Vijay Shankar to Glenn Maxwell. SIX, SIX! Yes, it does! It costs him big time as he is deposited in the stands. Another slower one but it is short. Also, since he was bowling only slower balls, Maxwell was waiting for it, he rocks back and pulls it over the mid-wicket fence. So 12 does come from this over but the important wicket of Short also.

11.6 – Vijay Shankar to Glenn Maxwell. wide, 1 run, Slower ball but it is executed very poorly. Very wide outside off, left alone. Wided. Will the extra ball cost him?

11.5 – Vijay Shankar to Peter Handscomb. 1 run, Short and outside off, Handscomb is a touch early into his cut shot. It goes off the inner half towards cover for a run.

100 runs for AUS

11.4 – Vijay Shankar to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Full and on the pads, it is worked through square leg for an easy run.

11.3 – Vijay Shankar to Glenn Maxwell. FOUR, FOUR! Tickled fine and a boundary! On the pads, it is the slower one. Maxwell waits for it and then works it very fine on the leg side. The Australians need to keep going.

11.2 – Vijay Shankar to Glenn Maxwell. no run, Another slower one and outside off, Maxwell ends up chopping it to point.

The next to bat is Peter Handscomb.

3 wickets down for AUS. Out batsman is D’arcy Short 3 wickets down for AUS. Out batsman is D’arcy Short

11.1 – Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. out, OUT! Out of all the bowlers, it is Shankar who has provided the breakthrough for the hosts. Excellent bowling change by India. The slower one does the trick. It is the leg spinner outside off. Short looks to go big but is done in by the pace. He only manages a top edge. It goes high up in the air towards cover where Rahul takes it. The dangerous 79-run stand comes to an end and Short walks back once again after getting a start.

Vijay Shankar back for his final over.

AUS 95/2

10.6 – Krunal Pandya to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Quicker ball full on off, Short hits it hard to long off and will keep the strike for the next over.

10.5 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Just over the bowler! Heart-in-mouth moment for Maxwell there. Pandya once again gives it air but bowls it shorter than the last one. Maxwell checks his drive but it goes uppishly but past the bowler and to long off for a run.

10.4 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. FOUR, FOUR! Up and over! Gives it air does Pandya but lands it very full. Maxwell smashes it over the bowler’s head and a boundary results.

10.3 – Krunal Pandya to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Turning into the pads of Short, he works it through square leg and takes another run.

10.2 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Slower again but on the pads, Maxwell pushes it down to long on for a run.

10.1 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. no run, The arm ball on middle, Maxwell looks to pull but the ball skids through and hits the thigh pad.

AUS 87/2 (10.0 Ovs)

9.6 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, 1 run.

9.5 – Yuzvendra Chahal to D’arcy Short. 1 run, 1 run.

9.4 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, 1 run.

30 runs for Glenn Maxwell

9.3 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. SIX, SIX.

9.2 – Yuzvendra Chahal to D’arcy Short. 1 run, DROPPED! Not technically but goes through his hands! Oh boy! You need to take these ones. Wide and outside off, Short slices this towards point. Pant dives forward but the ball goes through his hands. The batsmen sneak a run.

9.1 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Fuller on the pads, worked away to long on for an easy run.

AUS 76/2

8.6 – Krunal Pandya to D’arcy Short. FOUR, FOUR! Over the bowler! Second boundary in the over and another productive one for Australia. Tosses it up and it is a little too full. Short smashes it past the outstretched hand of Pandya and it crosses the fence. 115 more needed in 66.

8.5 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Fired on the pads, Maxwell works it through square leg and takes a run. Brings the 50-run stand up and that too at a very good rate. Also, consecutive fifty stands between the two. They hold the key here and need to carry on.

8.4 – Krunal Pandya to D’arcy Short. 1 run, From around the wicket, it is angled in on off, D’Arcy eases it down to long off for a run.

30 runs for D’arcy Short

8.3 – Krunal Pandya to D’arcy Short. FOUR, FOUR! Once again an over in which a boundary is hit! Just what Australia need to keep doing! Short and outside off, Short plays it very late and past the man at point. Boundary.

8.2 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, On the stumps, stays low, Maxwell does well to get his bat to it. Hits it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.

8.1 – Krunal Pandya to Glenn Maxwell. no run, Flatter and shorter, Maxwell punches it to covers.

Krunal Pandya introduced for the first time tonight.

AUS 65/2 (8.0 Ovs)

7.6 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, 1 run.

7.5 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 2 runs, A couple now as Maxwell hits it through mid-wicket. It is once again hit in the gap for a brace.

7.5 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. wide, 1 run, Goes very slow but very wide. Maxwell lets it be. It has been wided.

7.4 – Yuzvendra Chahal to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Drags his length back and also bowls it a touch shorter. It is worked through mid-wicket for a run. Short is happy to work it around when Chahal is bowling.

7.4 – Yuzvendra Chahal to D’arcy Short. wide, 1 run, Way to wide outside off, Short tries to reach it but misses. Wide signaled.

7.3 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, On the pads, Maxwell works it towards short fine and gets to the other end.

7.2 – Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Maxwell. FOUR, FOUR! What a shot! As good as any today. Lovely use of the wrists there. Slightly short and Maxwell is quickly onto his back foot. He whips it through mid-wicket, finds the gap and a boundary results.

7.1 – Yuzvendra Chahal to D’arcy Short. 1 run, The slider to begin with, Short works it down towards wide long on for a run.

Spin introduced for the first time in this innings. Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl now.

AUS 65/2 (8.0 Ovs)

6.6 – Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Goes back to bowling slower balls, it is also full. D’Arcy flicks it to deep mid-wicket and gets to the other end. 11 from this one. This is the rate Australia need to continue going at.

50 runs for AUS

6.5 – Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. FOUR, FOUR! Second boundary in the over! Another freebie! Short and on the body, Short like Maxwell did, pulls it through backward square leg. 50 up for Australia.

6.4 – Vijay Shankar to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, On the shorter side outside off, Maxwell tries to guide it past point but hits it a little too close to him. Just a run. GM will be disappointed here. Had he beaten that fielder, it would have resulted in another boundary.

6.3 – Vijay Shankar to Glenn Maxwell. no run, The slower ball on off, Maxwell finds the man at cover with a drive.

6.2 – Vijay Shankar to Glenn Maxwell. FOUR, FOUR! Too easy! Down the leg side and it is shorter in length. Maxwell just pulls it through backward square leg and bags a boundary.

6.1- Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Excellent fielding! Slower ball and fuller on middle, Short flicks it right off the middle towards deep mid-wicket. That ball was travelling. Chahal in the deep runs to his right, dives and saves three for his side.

AUS 42/2

5.6 – Siddarth Kaul to D’arcy Short. 1 run, 1 run.

5.5 – Siddarth Kaul to D’arcy Short. FOUR, FOUR! A gift there! A full toss outside off, Short just opens the face of the bat and hits it through covers for a boundary. 10 from the over and a ball to go. Need to make the last ball of the Powerplay count.

5.4 – Siddarth Kaul to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, A little too straight this time, Maxwell tucks it around the corner and gives Short the strike.

5.3 – Siddarth Kaul to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Nicely pulled but to the man in the deep square leg region. A single.

5.2 – Siddarth Kaul to D’arcy Short. FOUR, FOUR! Finds the gap and you need not run for those! Full and outside off, Short makes a little room and then times it through extra cover. They need this to be a big over.

5.1 – Siddarth Kaul to D’arcy Short. no run, Fullish and on middle, Short strokes it to covers.

Siddarth Kaul to bowl the final over of the Powerplay.

AUS 31/2 (5.0 Ovs)

4.6 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. SIX, TOP EDGE AND SIX! A much-needed biggie for the visitors. Short and outside off, Maxwell looks to drag his pull but gets a top edge. It flies over the keeper’s head and over the fine leg fence. Perfect end to the over, a good one for the Aussies, 9 from it.

4.5 – Jasprit Bumrah to D’arcy Short. 1 run, On the pads, D’Arcy flicks it through square leg and takes a run.

4.4 – Jasprit Bumrah to Glenn Maxwell. 1 run, Another single! Maxwell drives it towards mid off and calls for a run. He completes it.

4.3 – Jasprit Bumrah to D’arcy Short. 1 run, On a fuller length and around off, the batsman strokes it towards mid off and gets to the other end.

4.2 – Jasprit Bumrah to D’arcy Short. no run, On the fuller side, Short pushes it to the man at covers.

4.1 – Jasprit Bumrah to D’arcy Short. no run, A little too straight on middle, Short looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.

Tormentor from the last game, Glenn Maxwell, walks out at number 4. Also, Jasprit Bumrah back into the attack.

AUS 22/2 (4.0 Ovs)

3.6 – Vijay Shankar to Aaron Finch. out, OUT! In the air… taken! Shankar gets rid of the Australian captain. Aaron Finch’s bad form continues and Australia find themselves in big trouble here. Once again an Australian batsmen pays the price of trying to play across the line. Finch goes for the hoick over the leg side but the ball skids through. Takes the top edge and goes high up in the air towards cover. Dhawan there settles under it, calls for it and takes it. 169 more needed in 96 balls.

3.5 – Vijay Shankar to Aaron Finch. no run, Hits the length hard around off, Finch pushes it back to the bowler.

3.4 – Vijay Shankar to Aaron Finch. FOUR, FOUR! A little too straight and easy pickings for the batsman. Finch waits for it and then works it fine through backward square leg. No stopping those. Need a little more of these.

3.3 – Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Works this across the line and through square leg for a run.

3.2 – Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. no run, Slapped but finds the fielder! Short and outside off, D’Arcy Short hits it hard but straight to covers. Should have done better there and found the gap.

3.1 – Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. no run, On the shorter side, hurries onto the batsman and hence the pull shot by Short goes to the man at mid on.

Vijay Shankar back into the attack. Jasprit Bumrah has been replaced after just one over here.

AUS 17/1 (3.0 Ovs)

2.6 – Siddarth Kaul to Aaron Finch. no run, A dot to end a successful over for India. On the stumps and it is kept out.

2.5 – Siddarth Kaul to Aaron Finch. 2 runs, This time though Rahul misfields and concedes two! So saves two on the last ball and concedes two on this one. Full and on middle, it is stroked towards Rahul at point. He fails to collect it cleanly and the batsmen take two.

2.4 – Siddarth Kaul to Aaron Finch. 2 runs, Good hand there! Saved a couple! Shortish and outside off, Finch cuts it hard into the ground. Rahul jumps and gets a hand to it. The fielder at cover-point runs after the ball and saves keeps it down to two.

2.3 – Siddarth Kaul to Aaron Finch. no run, Good shape there away from the batsman! Full and wide outside off, Finch is drawn into the drive. He gets beaten by the away movement.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch walks out at number 3.

2.2 – Siddarth Kaul to Marcus Stoinis. out, OUT! TIMBER! Stoinis pays the price of trying to hit it across the line! Back-to-back failures for Stoinis. Kaul lands it on a length and around off. MS looks to go over mid-wicket. He picked the wrong length as the ball sneaks under his bat and hits the top of off. SK is pumped up and Australia lose their first very early.

2.1 – Siddarth Kaul to Marcus Stoinis. no run, He too starts off with a full ball around off, Stoinis looks to go too hard at the ball, it goes off the inner half towards mid off.

Siddarth Kaul replaces Vijay Shankar.

AUS 13/0 (2.0 Ovs)

1.6 – Jasprit Bumrah to Marcus Stoinis. 1 run, 1 run.

1.5 – Jasprit Bumrah to Marcus Stoinis. no run, Slower ball and Stoinis was done in completely. He first looks to hit it through the off side but he was so early into the stroke, that the ball hits his bat as he is on the verge of finishing the shot and it goes towards mid-wicket.

1.4 – Jasprit Bumrah to Marcus Stoinis. no run, Another solid punch but straight to mid off.

1.3 – Jasprit Bumrah to Marcus Stoinis. no run, On the shorter side and on off, Stoinis punches it to mid off.

1.2 – Jasprit Bumrah to Marcus Stoinis. 2 runs, Nicely timed! Length ball and outside off, Stoinis just leans into it and strokes it through covers. The batsmen take two.

1.1 – Jasprit Bumrah to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Back of a length on off, Short guides it towards point. He calls wait, wants to see if it beats the fielder there, does so and then goes for a run as the ball rolls towards third man.

Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.

AUS 9/0 (1.0 Ovs)

0.6 – Vijay Shankar to Marcus Stoinis. no run, No run.

0.5 – Vijay Shankar to Marcus Stoinis. no run, Bends his back on this one and lands it on a length around off, Stoinis blocks it out.

0.4 – Vijay Shankar to Marcus Stoinis. FOUR, FOUR! Second in the over and Stoinis too gets off the mark with a boundary! Poor ball short and it sits up to be hit. Stoinis says thank you so much, he drags it through mid-wicket.

0.3 – Vijay Shankar to Marcus Stoinis. no run, Again a hint of shape away! Stoinis gets right behind the line and blocks it out.

0.2 – Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. 1 run, Some swing there! Comes back in from around off, Short looks to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards the off side for a quick run.

0.1 – Vijay Shankar to D’arcy Short. FOUR, FOUR! Great start for Australia. Full length delivery on middle.The ball swings in but D’Arcy drives it through covers for a boundary.

We are back for the chase. D’Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis walk out to the middle to open the innings for Australia. Surprise start from India. Vijay Shankar to bowl the first over.

After being inserted, the Indian openers got them off to a very good start by adding 61. Kl Rahul was the dominant partner but his wicket led to two more. Australia then enjoyed a good passage of play as the runs started to choke and India seemed to be losing their way a little.

91 runs in the last 6 overs and India have finished with a huge total here. They will surely walk off as the happier side.

19.6 – Pat Cummins to Virat Kohli. SIX, SIX! Kohli finishes the innings off in style! That is some shot! Uses his feet and makes it into a half volley and smashes it over the long off fence. 18 from the last over. INDIA END WITH 190 ON THE BOARD!

19.5 – Pat Cummins to Dinesh Karthik. leg byes, 1 run, A leg bye now! Full and on the pads, Karthik looks to flick but misses. It hits his pads and dies down on the pitch. Kohli steals a leg bye. 12 from the over with a ball to go.

19.4 – Pat Cummins to Dinesh Karthik. FOUR, FOUR! This is clever! Short and it is the slower one. Karthik waits for it and then upper cuts it over short third man for a boundary. Karthik’s first two balls are two boundaries. A strike rate of 400.

19.3 – Pat Cummins to Dinesh Karthik. FOUR, EDGY FOUR! The fine leg fielder was too fine and India get a boundary! Full and on middle, Karthik swings but it goes off the inner half through backward square leg for boundary.

19.2 – Pat Cummins to Virat Kohli. 1 run, The slower bouncer, Kohli is a touch foxed by it, he somehow manages to pull it through square leg for a run.

Dinesh Karthik walks out for the last few balls left. He won’t be on strike though.

19.1 – Pat Cummins to Ms Dhoni. out, OUT! It has gone as high as it can in the night sky and Finch has taken it! End of an excellent innings though by Dhoni. He walks off to a standing ovation. Cummins bowls it full and on off, Dhoni walks right across and looks to whip it over mid-wicket. Only manages to get a leading edge which goes high up in the air towards mid off. Finch runs in from a long off and takes it.

19.1 – Pat Cummins to Ms Dhoni. wide, 1 run, Another wide! Slower short ball and it is way outside off. Dhoni looks to cut but misses. The umpire stretches his hands sideways. 100-run stand up.

19.1 – Pat Cummins to Ms Dhoni. wide, 1 run, Way too wide outside off, Dhoni lets it be. Wided. Pressure getting to Cummins there.

Pat Cummins to bowl the last over.

IND 173/3

18.6 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. FOUR, FOUR! Ends the over in style! 15 from this one. Once again Richardson misses the yorker and he has been put away. Full and on middle, Kohli hits it straight back past the bowler and a boundary results.

18.5 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. 2 runs, Brilliant running, excellent shot and lovely ball too. Good cricket all-around. A low full toss outside off, Kohli manages to squeeze it through point. They take one and go for the second. The fielder fires it to the keeper who collects it and whips the bails off but Kohli is in.

18.4 – Jhye Richardson to Ms Dhoni. 1 run, Slower ball and outside off, Dhoni flat-bats it down to long on for another run.

18.3 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. 1 run, A low full toss, not easy to get under this one. It is hit down to long off for a run.

18.2 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. SIX, SIX! Misses the yorker and pays the price. Right in the zone this one. Full and on off, Kohli lofts it over the long off fence for a biggie.

18.2 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. wide, 1 run, WIDE! The yorker outside off, Kohli tries to jam it out but misses. The umpire feels it is outside the tramline and it has been signaled as a wide.

18.1 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. no run, Full and wide outside off, Kohli fails to get bat on ball. A dot to begin the 19th over.

IND 157/3

17.6 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. FOUR, FOUR! Boundary to end the over, 19 from it! Short ball outside off, Dhoni hops a tad and cuts this over point for a boundary. This is the MS we all know.

Jhye Richardson to bowl the penultimate over.

30 runs for Ms Dhoni 30 runs for Ms Dhoni 150 runs for IND 150 runs for IND

17.5 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. SIX, SIX! HUGE! It was in the arc for Mahi, he stays inside and wacks this over long on for half a dozen. Huge, huge hit this! Well-Dhon!

17.4 – D’arcy Short to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Around off, Kohli walks ahead and drives it towards covers to get to the other end.

17.3 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. 1 run, Outside off again. MS looks to go big again but gets an outside edge wide of the man at 45. They cross.

17.2 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. SIX, SIX! Dhoni making the bat talk. Short bowls it a little too full on off. Dhoni gets under it and smokes this over long on for a maximum.

17.1 – D’arcy Short to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Leg spinner on off, Kohli slogs to deep mid-wicket for a single.

D’Arcy Short is given another over.

IND 138/3 (17.0 Ovs)

16.6 – Adam Zampa to Ms Dhoni. no run, A dot to end Zampa’s spell! Just the three from his last over. His figures reads 4-0-23-0. Lovely stuff from the leggie. The slider and outside off was his last ball, Dhoni cuts it to point.

50 runs for Virat Kohli

16.5 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Fifty for Kohli. The captain has risen to the occasion in this must-win encounter. He played himself in at the start but has not stepped on the gas. His 20th in this format. He needs to be there till the end. He works this through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.

16.4 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. no run, Two dots in a row! A rarity since the two joined association. Slower through the air on off, Kohli opens the face and guides it to point.

16.3 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. no run, Very full, a yorker you can say on the pads. Kohli tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. A dot, gold at this stage.

16.2 – Adam Zampa to Ms Dhoni. 1 run, On the shorter side but it is the slider. Dhoni pulls it down to long on for a run.

16.1 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Flatter and on the pads, Kohli whips it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.

Adam Zampa to bowl out. His figures read 3-0-20-0.

IND 135/3 (16.0 Ovs)

15.6 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Virat Kohli. 1 run, 1 run.

15.5 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Virat Kohli. SIX, SIX! Hat-trick of sixes! Once again it is the flick shot which has gotten Kohli the maximum result. Uses his feet and with the angle lofts it over the mid-wicket fence. 4 in a row?

15.4 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Virat Kohli. SIX, SIX! This is even better than the last one. Brings up the 50-run stand and in some style. The length ball outside off, Kohli just lofts it with a straight bat over covers and it is into the stands. Just 29 balls is what it took to bring it up. They need to continue though of India need to post a big total here.

30 runs for Virat Kohli

15.3 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Virat Kohli. SIX, SIX! Out of here! The seam-up ball this time and Nathan pays the price. It is on middle, Kohli flicks it over the fielder at mid-wicket and over the fence too.

15.2 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Ms Dhoni. 1 run, Another slower one outside off, Dhoni does not get the timing right on this one. It goes off the inner half towards long on for a run.

15.1 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Ms Dhoni. 2 runs, A two to begin the 16th! Slower short ball, Dhoni waits for it and then pulls it through backward square leg for two.

Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl the 16th over.

IND 113/3 (15.0 Ovs)

14.6 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. no run, No, they can’t! A dot to finish! Still a very good one for India. Jhye bowls it full and wide outside off. Kohli tries to go over covers but misses. Kohli lets out a huge roar after that as he knew a boundary opportunity goes abegging there.

14.5 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. 2 runs, Brilliant piece of fielding! Saves two for his side. Outside off, Kohli swings but gets an outside edge. It goes to the right of Zampa. He runs and the dives and pushes it away. Two saved by him. 14 from the over so far. A ball to go, can they make it a 20 run over or a 18 run over?

30 runs for Virat Kohli

14.4 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. SIX, SIX! Majestic from Kohli. He makes room and gets a length ball. He just lofts it over covers. The timing is such that it goes all the way. Already 12 from the over. 2 balls to go.

14.3 – Jhye Richardson to Ms Dhoni. 1 run, Learns from his mistake and bowls it on the stumps, it is pushed down to long off for a run.

14.2 – Jhye Richardson to Ms Dhoni. FOUR, FOUR! Really poor from Jhye. He bowls it short and outside off with third man and point up. Dhoni says thank you so much. He cuts it over the fielder in the latter position and bags a boundary.

100 runs for IND

14.1 – Jhye Richardson to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Goes wide outside off, Kohli throws his bat at it. It takes the outside edge and goes towards third man for a run. 100 up for India, 35 legal balls more to go.

Jhye Richardson to bowl.

IND 99/3 (14.0 Ovs)

13.6 – Pat Cummins to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Shortish again and outside off, Kohli hits it uppishly but through covers for a run. Another productive over for India.

13.5 – Pat Cummins to Ms Dhoni. 1 run, Tucks the batsman up by bowling it on his body, Dhoni clips it to fine leg for a run.

13.4 – Pat Cummins to Ms Dhoni. FOUR, FOUR! That has been bludgeoned! Full and on off, Dhoni has smashed it past mid off and it reaches the fence in a jiffy. India on the charge now.

13.3 – Pat Cummins to Ms Dhoni. no run, Back of a length, a length which Dhoni is not very comfortable with. He mistimes it to covers.

13.2 – Pat Cummins to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Kohli is guilty of hitting the ball too hard there. He tries to pull but it goes off the inner half towards backward square leg for a run.

13.1 – Pat Cummins to Virat Kohli. 2 runs, Inside out for a couple! Length delivery, Kohli hits it over covers. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and keeps it down to two. Kohli wants a third but is sent back by his partner.

Pat Cummins in for his second over.

IND 90/3 (13.0 Ovs)

12.6 – D’arcy Short to Virat Kohli. 1 run, 1 run.

12.5 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. 1 run, Fires this outside off, Dhoni hits it hard to the man at sweeper cover for a run.

12.4 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. no run, Flatter and shorter on middle, Dhoni goes back and works it towards mid-wicket.

12.3 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. SIX, SIX! All the way! This time he connects with the slog sweep. Goes down on one knee and hits it right off the middle. It sails over the mid-wicket fence.

12.2 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. no run, An appeal but not given! Pitched outside leg. The googly which pitches outside leg, it turns away. Dhoni looks to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads.

12.1 – D’arcy Short to Virat Kohli. 1 run, On the shorter side, Kohli whips it through mid on. Long runs to his right and keeps it down to one.

IND 81/3 (12.0 Ovs)

11.6 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Outside off, Kohli gets it past covers to retain strike.

11.5 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. FOUR, FOUR! Top shot and a much-needed boundary for India. This is slightly short and outside off, Kohli rocks back, makes room and then cuts it past the diving point fielder for a boundary.

11.4 – Adam Zampa to Ms Dhoni. 1 run, Fuller on off, Dhoni hits it hard towards long off. They cross.

11.3 – Adam Zampa to Ms Dhoni. no run, Outside off, Dhoni drives it to covers but finds the man stationed there.

11.2 – Adam Zampa to Ms Dhoni. no run, NOT OUT! Yes, he has! Only Dhoni can stump Dhoni out. Zampa sees Dhoni charging out and fires in a quick one outside off. Dhoni misses it and Handscomb takes off the bails. They take it up but replays show us that Dhoni’s elasticity and stretching helps him get back in.

OUT? A stumping appeal has been taken up. Has Dhoni got back in time?

11.1 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Leg spinner on off, Virat pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.

IND 74/3 (11.0 Ovs)

10.6 – D’arcy Short to Ms Dhoni. no run, No run.

Big cheers in the crowd as MS Dhoni walks out to bat.

3 wickets down for IND. Out batsman is Rishabh Pant 10.5D’arcy Short to Rishabh Pant. out, OUT! What a catch that is! Jhye Richardson take a bow! Pant is now walking back and all of a sudden, India are in trouble here.

10.5 – D’arcy Short to Rishabh Pant. out, OUT! What a catch that is! Jhye Richardson take a bow! Pant is now walking back and all of a sudden, India are in trouble here.

10.4 – D’arcy Short to Rishabh Pant. no run, Leg spinner outside off, Pant misses cut this time. Good over so far from Short.

10.3 – D’arcy Short to Rishabh Pant. no run, Pant cannot find the gap again. Cuts hard but finds Maxwell at point yet again.

10.2 – D’arcy Short to Rishabh Pant. no run, Quicker one outside off, cut away but not past the man at point.

10.1 – D’arcy Short to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Half tracker on off, Kohli does not make full use of it and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.

10.1 – D’arcy Short to Virat Kohli. 1 run, 1 run.

D’Arcy Short is into the attack now.

IND 73/2 (10.0 Ovs)

9.6 – Jason Behrendorff to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Good running. Slower ball on the stumps, Kohli taps it with soft hands towards the gully region and sets off for a run. Just three runs off the 10th over. India are 73/2 at the halfway mark.

9.5 – Jason Behrendorff to Rishabh Pant. 1 run, Gets behind this and works it off his pads to get off the mark.

9.4 – Jason Behrendorff to Rishabh Pant. no run, Fuller ball on the stumps, Pant drives but finds short covers.

9.3 – Jason Behrendorff to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Around off, Kohli opens the bat face and helps it to third man to get Pant on strike.

Rishabh Pant is the new man in.

9.2 – Jason Behrendorff to Shikhar Dhawan. out, OUT! The umpire feels Richardson has his fingers underneath the ball and has given it in the fielding team’s favor. I feel the soft signal has played a big part here as that could have gone either way. However, one can say, it is the right decision in the end. End of Dhawan’s misery and India have lost both their openers in quick succession.

Marcus Stoinis is in the action once again! Has he taken it cleanly. He is confident. The SOFT SIGNAL IS OUT!

9.1 – Jason Behrendorff to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, Swing and a miss! Shortish and on middle, some extra bounce on that one. Dhawan looks to pull by taking his eyes off the ball but misses.

Jason Behrendorff is back on.

IND 70/1 (9.0 Ovs)

8.6 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. 2 runs, 2 runs.

Direct hit is Kohli short? Big moment in the gap. Has the dive saved him?

8.5 – Adam Zampa to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, Short again, Dhawan stays back and pulls this through square leg to get off strike.

8.4 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. 1 run, A tad short on middle and leg, pulled away to cow corner for just one.

8.3 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. no run, On the pads, Virat turns his bat to the on side and wants the run. He is rightly sent back by his partner.

8.2 – Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli. no run, Leg spinner outside off, tapped towards the off side by Kohli.

8.1- Adam Zampa to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, The googly around middle, Dhawan pushes it towards cover and gets to the other end.

IND 65/1 (8.0 Ovs)

7.6 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Shikhar Dhawan. leg byes, 1 run, On the pads, Dhawan fails to put bat on ball. It hits his pads and rolls towards square leg. A leg bye taken. Just the four runs and a wicket from this over. Australia needed such an over and Coulter-Nile has provided it.

7.5 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Good length and outside off, Kohli slaps it through covers and takes a run.

7.4 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, Short and on middle, Dhawan is hurried into the pull shot. He mistimes it through square leg.

7.3 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, Back of a length on off, Dhawan pushes it to mid off.

7.2 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Virat Kohli. 1 run, Full and wide outside off, Kohli flashes at it and the ball goes towards third man. Jhye runs to his left and keeps it to one.

Virat Kohli is in at no. 3.

7.1- Nathan Coulter-nile to Lokesh Rahul. out, OUT! In the air… taken! A soft, soft dismissal there. Rahul is very disappointed with himself and rightly so. Catching practice this from KL. Coulter-Nile bangs it short and outside off. Rahul plays an upper cut despite a third man being there. He does not get it as fine as he wanted to and it goes towards Richardson who runs in and takes a neat catch.

Nathan Coulter-Nile is back on.

IND 61/0 (7.0 Ovs)

6.6 – Adam Zampa to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, A single to end Zampa’s first. 8 from this one as Rahul strokes it through covers for a run.

6.5 – Adam Zampa to Lokesh Rahul. no run, Slower through the air on off, Rahul guides it to point.

6.4 – Adam Zampa to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, Uses his feet and Zampa fires it in. It is whipped towards long on for a run.

6.3 – Adam Zampa to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, Rahul charges down but Zampa bowls it very full. Rahul hits it hard back towards him, he fumbles and a run is conceded.

6.2 – Adam Zampa to Lokesh Rahul. FOUR, FOUR! Bad delivery and it has been put away! Down the leg side, all Rahul had to do is get bat on ball. He does so, hits it fine on the leg side and a boundary.

6.1 – Adam Zampa to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, The slider outside off, Dhawan drives it square on the off side. Finch at point dives to his left and stops it well. Just a single.

Adam Zampa is on now.

IND 53/0 (6.0 Ovs)

50 runs for IND

5.6 – Pat Cummins to Lokesh Rahul. no run, No run.

5.5 – Pat Cummins to Lokesh Rahul. SIX, SIX! It keeps getting better! Dealing in sixes is Rahul. A bumper on the body, Rahul swivels and pulls it over the square leg fence for a biggie. One ball to go, can he make it three in three?

5.4 – Pat Cummins to Lokesh Rahul. SIX, SIX! Third for Rahul! How easy was that? It was a length ball by Cummins, coming in with the angle. Rahul nonchalantly flicks it over mid-wicket and it goes all the way. Shot of the night so far. The second half of this over has started extremely well for the Indians.

5.3 – Pat Cummins to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, The pull shot has been nailed there but straight to deep square leg. Only a single. The first half of the 6th over belongs to Australia.

5.2 – Pat Cummins to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, Dhawan shuffles across but Cummins sticks to bowling it on off. Dhawan looks to help it over short fine leg but it hits the glove and rolls to that fielder.

5.1 – Pat Cummins to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, Short and on middle, Rahul nudges it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end. Excellent running.

Pat Cummins is into the attack.

IND 39/0 (5.0 Ovs)

4.6 – Jhye Richardson to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, Now guides it down to third man and keeps strike for the next over. The change of ends for Jhye turned out to be a bad idea as he has been hit for 15. India now going along at a good rate after the first two tight overs.

30 runs for Lokesh Rahul

4.5- Jhye Richardson to Lokesh Rahul. SIX, SIX! Back-to-back maximums! This one was right off the middle and very delightful to the eye. Just a little fuller on off, Rahul lofts it over cover and it travels all the way. Trademark Rahul there.

4.4 – Jhye Richardson to Lokesh Rahul. SIX, TOP EDGE BUT SIX! Full marks to the bowler but runs to the batsman. A good short ball, it was quick and well-directed. Rahul goes for the pull but the ball takes the top edge and flies into the stands.

4.3 – Jhye Richardson to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, Lovely shot and excellently fielded! Nothing wrong with the delivery, it is on a length and just outside off. Dhawan opens the face and guides it between point and cover-point. He almost found the gap but Short at the latter position dives and saves at least a couple for his side.

4.2 – Jhye Richardson to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, 1 run.

4.1 – Jhye Richardson to Lokesh Rahul. no run, Goes wide of the crease and angles it in on off, Rahul keeps it out. Jhye has really started well here, not given anything to the batsman to get under or any sort of width to free his hands. Tight bowling.

Change of ends for Jhye Richardson.

IND 24/0 (4 Ovs)

3.6- Nathan Coulter-nile to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, A single to end! 8 from this one and 20 from the last two. Shortish around off again, Rahul guides it down to third man for a run. India looking to get a move on now.

3.5 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Lokesh Rahul. no run, Another short ball around off, Rahul looks to cut but the ball is too close to play that shot. He gets it off the inner half towards mid on.

3.4 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Lokesh Rahul. FOUR, FOUR! Poor bowling, especially with the man inside the ring! Short and on the body, Rahul just helps it on its way over the feilder at short fine leg for a boundary. This is turning out to be another good over for the Indians.

3.3 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, Good running! On middle, Dhawan tries to defend it with soft hands, it goes off the inner half and on the pads. Rolls towards point for a run.

3.3 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Shikhar Dhawan. wide, 1 run, Two wides in a row! Slower ball and down the leg side. Dhawan looks to flick but misses. A harsh call you can say, that was pretty close to the leg stump.

3.3 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Shikhar Dhawan. wide, 1 run, Bumper but too high! Short and around off, Dhawan looks to upper cut it very late. He misses. The umpire signals it as a wide.

The physio is out and Dhawan is taking a breather. Rightly so. He is fine to continue now.

3.2 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, OUCH! That must have hurt! Slightly shorter in length, Dhawan looks to pull but the ball is onto him before he expects it to. It hits him around the box. He is in some pain now.

3.1 – Nathan Coulter-nile to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, Pitches it on middle, it skids through after pitching. Dhawan tucks it on the leg side.

Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl his first over. He was very good in the first T20I.

IND 16/0 (3 Ovs)

2.6 – Jason Behrendorff to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, Good running! Works it with the angle towards mid-wicket for a run. So just three from the last three balls but 12 from the over.

2.5 – Jason Behrendorff to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, Another single as it is nudged around the corner. Sensible batting.

2.4 – Jason Behrendorff to Shikhar Dhawan. 1 run, Uses his feet again but the line is outside off, it is guided through point for a single.

2.3 – Jason Behrendorff to Shikhar Dhawan. FOUR, FOUR! Dhawan gets into the act now. First boundary for him. He dances down the track, the length is not the one he wanted but the line is on his pads. He flicks it over mid-wicket for the second boundary in the over. 9 from the first three.

2.2 – Jason Behrendorff to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, Guilty of bowling a little too straight, Rahul though finds the man at deep square leg with a flick. Just a single. Could have been two boundaries in two balls, Rahul must have felt he missed out there.

2.1 – Jason Behrendorff to Lokesh Rahul. FOUR, FOUR! Short, wide and it has been put away! First boundary in this innings. Width on offer outside off, Rahul slaps it through cover-point. No fielder in the deep and it races across the fence.

IND 4/0 (2 Ovs)

1.6 – Jhye Richardson to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, No run.

1.5 – Jhye Richardson to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, Uses his feet but Jhye spots that. He shortens the length. Dhawan adjusts and guides it to point. Just one from the over so far, can he end it well?

1.4 – Jhye Richardson to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, Good back foot punch there but finds point. On the shorter side and outside off, Dhawan goes back and punches it to point.

1.3 – Jhye Richardson to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, Too straight this time, Rahul flicks it through mid-wicket. Short at deep square leg, quickly gets across to his left and keeps it down to one.

1.2 – Jhye Richardson to Lokesh Rahul. no run, Leading edge but safe! Cramps the batsman for room by bowling it closer to the body, it straightens a touch though. Rahul looks to flick but gets a soft leading edge to point.

1.1 – Jhye Richardson to Lokesh Rahul. no run, Good shape away there! The line though is slightly outside off, Rahul does not go chasing after it as he points his bat skywards

IND 3/0 (1.0 Ovs)

0.6 – Jason Behrendorff to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, Good nut to end the first over! On off and on a length, straightens a touch. Dhawan looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point. A tight beginning by JB. Just what you can expect off him

0.5 – Jason Behrendorff to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, On the pads once again but only a single. Rahul flicks it through square leg, there is a fielder in the deep who keeps it down to one.

0.4 – Jason Behrendorff to Lokesh Rahul. no run, No run.

0.3 – Jason Behrendorff to Shikhar Dhawan. leg byes, 1 run, A little too straight this time, Dhawan has his front pad planted way too across, hence, he fails to flick. It hits his pads, rolls towards square leg. The batsmen take a leg bye.

0.2 – Jason Behrendorff to Shikhar Dhawan. no run, Good length again around off, gets this one to shape away just a bit. Dhawan goes back and keeps it out.

0.1 – Jason Behrendorff to Lokesh Rahul. 1 run, Starts off right on the money! No swing though. Good length and around off, Rahul waits for the ball to come to him and then just opens the face and guides it down to third man for a run. India and Rahul are underway.

India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul

Australia (Playing XI): D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch(c), Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb(w), Ashton Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa

Toss: Australia, Elected To: Field

 

Not for the first time in recent times does Virat Kohli‘s Indian cricket team face the prospect of needing to win a T20I match against Australia to avoid a series defeat.

In November, India began their tour of Australia with a loss a four-run loss in Brisbane and then, after a wash-out at the MCG, found themselves in a must-win situation in Sydney. They duly won that match to tie the series 1-1, which put in motion a landmark tour.

Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the second and final Twenty20 International between India and Australia to be held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Virat Kohli and Co. bruised after going down by three wickets in an edge-of-the-seat last-ball thriller in the opening match at Vizag, are certain to come out all guns blazing. Australia, meanwhile, are eyeing history. If they do manage to eke out a win today, it will be their maiden T20 International series win in India. (ALSO READ: 2nd T20I: Should Krunal Pandya bat higher for India?)

So, Bengaluru is all set to encounter another thrilling contest. As opposed to a low-scoring match in the opening, the Chinnaswamy is expected to be batting friendly, so a flurry of sixes are a certainty.

Preview package:

Preview: 2nd T20I: India chase series-levelling win against Australia

Analysis: Should Krunal Pandya bat higher for India?

Stats: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah on cusp of history

News: Kane Richardson out of India tour, Australia call on Andrew Tye

VIDEO: Virat Kohli & Co. out to level series against Australia

Quotes: Bumrah threatening in all three formats: Cummins

Quotes: Ajinkya Rahane wants consistent run in limited-overs cricket

Reaction: Umesh Yadav not convincing as a white-ball bowler: Sunil Gavaskar