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Ind Vs Aus 2nd T20I: Match Called Off Due To Consistent Rain

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| November 23 , 2018 , 20:33 IST

The 2nd T20 International of the three-match series between India and Australia was called off due to intermittent rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.

Currently, the Aussies lead the series 1-0 with just one more T20I match left to play and the Men in Blue still lack behind.

Indian bowlers restricted Australia on a score of 132/7 in 19 overs when the rain started playing spoilsport and the match was stopped and the contest was reduced to 19 overs per side with India receiving a revised target of 137 runs based on the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.

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However, just when the players were about to enter the field, rains returned and when it stopped, the target for India was revised to 90 runs from 11 overs.

The final revision was made and the target given to India was 46 runs in 5 overs but in the end, the play was called off because of another downpour led to the cancellation of the match.

Earlier, it seemed the visiting bowlers have learnt from their mistakes they committed in the previous game as the hosts were once tottering at 101/7 in 16 overs. However, pacer K Khaleel Ahmed was clobbered for 19 runs in the 18th over as Australia managed to reach a respectable total.

Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/20 from his three overs, while Khaleel also scalped a couple of wickets, but leaked 39 runs from four overs.

Put in to bat, Australia kept on receiving jolts at regular intervals after a poor start. Bhuvneshwar gave an early blow to the hosts by dismissing Aaron Finch on his very second ball. The Aussie opener departed on a duck with the hosts' scorecard reading 1/1.

Just when it looked Australia were recovering, Khaleel sent back Chris Lynn (13) making the scoreline read 27/2. With the addition of eight runs in Australia's scorecard, Khaleel struck again to dismiss opener D Arcy Short (14) in the sixth over.

Last match hero Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis failed to replicate their show and contributed 19 and four runs respectively as Australia were reeling at 62/5 in 11 overs.

With Australia at 101/7, McDermott and Andrew Tye (12) showed some resistance, adding 31 runs for the eighth wicket and the duo also hammered young Khaleel for 19 runs in the 18th overs before rain stopped play.

Brief Score: Australia 132/7 in 19 overs (Ben McDermott 32, Glenn Maxwell 19; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/20) vs India