Live Updates

  • 8:25 PM IST

    Outfield has been declared ‘dangerous to play on’. The match has been called off. The scoreline reads 1-1. Both India and Australia share the trophy.

  • 8:12 PM IST

    In other news:

    With a 2-0 lead in the five-match series and only one match to go, India A bagged the ongoing series against New Zealand A, posting a 64 run victory in the fourth unofficial ODI. Here’s the full report: India A beat New Zealand A by 64 runs in 4th unofficial ODI; seal series

  • 7:59 PM IST

    No rain, but it got windy all of a sudden. Pitch is covered. Meanwhile, ground staff are ready with the covers.

  • 7:46 PM IST

    It starts drizzling just 3 minutes before the inspection.

  • 7:31 PM IST
    Australia would not want to tinker with the winning combination. Their bowlers could finally dismember the prodigious Indian batting. Jason Behrendorff and Adam Zampa took 6 wickets between them, conceding a mere 40 runs.

    What important for Australia is to dish out a right batting line-up. Sending Moises Henriques ahead of Glenn Maxwell at No. 3 in a low-scoring match added more balance to an otherwise fallible middle-order.

    For a pinch-hitter like Maxwell, there is no need of a plan. Responsibility is not his forte, and resting expectations on him is anyway futile. Wherever he bats, Australia should ask him to go bonkers, unless he is stranded with the lower middle-order.
  • 7:22 PM IST

    Inspection postponed to 19:45 IST. Hang on, folks.

  • 7:17 PM IST

    Virat Kohli, David Warner are talking to the match referee, Sir Richie Richardson. It seems to be an intense conversation. Both captains are itching to play. It is a final, after all.

  • 7:09 PM IST
    38 runs needed by Virat Kohli to become the second-highest run-scorer in the history of T20I cricket. Kohli, on 1,852 runs, is behind only Brendon McCullum (2,140) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (1,889).

    38 runs needed by MS Dhoni to become the second cricketer to score 500 T20I runs on Indian soil. Kohli (600) is the only one to have done this.

    108 runs needed by Rohit Sharma to become the second Indian to 1,500 T20I runs. Kohli was obviously the first.
  • 7:08 PM IST

    The outfield looks terrible. It is very, very soft. There is no rain as of now, thankfully.

  • 6:28 PM IST
    When Ashish Nehra made his international debut, Kuldeep Yadav was only 4. When Nehra was in his prime, he awarded a teenage Virat Kohli during a club match. Kuldeep is 22, Kohli 27, and Nehra 38.

    Although Nehra’s body aged and was operated 12 times, his zeal to play the game never faded away. He is still the bundle of energy he was when he burst into the international scenes at the age of 20.

    Nehra aced the format known for the fast and furious youngsters — T20 cricket. He admittedly continued playing the format when had an epiphany that his body does not agree with ODI and Test cricket.

    He, however, has been around the arena for almost 19 years, and has finally decided to hang his boots. That must take time for the Nehra-ji fans to digest.

    Whether he will play in the third and final T20I at Hyderabad, is a question only Virat Kohli can answer. Even if he does not, he has decided to make the T20I against New Zealand his last assignment. The venue is Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, his home ground.
  • 6:18 PM IST

    Rain delays toss; inspection at 19:00.

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The series is leveled at 1-1

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third and final T20I between India and Australia. The match will be held at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, on Friday. We will bring you all the live updates as well as interesting posts from the social media space. India will want to comeback hard and register their third consecutive bilateral series win against Australia, who will be hopeful of repeating their show from Guwahati and clinch the series.  FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2017-18, 3rd ODI at Hyderabad Virat Kohli and co. have a tough task ahead of them, given Australia finally found their mojo in the second T2oI. With rain threat looming over, playing the perfect team combination will be a key. Ashish Nehra may get a nod; if so, it will be his last his penultimate international encounter. Nehra announced his retirement from international cricket, with India’s first T20I with New Zealand on November 1 being his last. Will Kohli and Ravi Shastri play Nehra in place of Kuldeep, is a question only time can tell. Australia, having won at Guwahati, will be full of confidence and will aim to finish a disappointing tour on a high. Attack on their team bus at Guwahati might have rattled their psyche, but given the magnitude of the match, the Australian players will only rise up like a phoenix. A win here will go a long way ahead in putting Australia in  a positive frame of mind ahead of The Ashes 2017-18. India’s next international assignment be against New Zealand. Both sides clash in a 3-ODI and T20I series starting October 22.