Rain forces the second Australia v India T20 to be called off
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MATCH STREAM: Macquarie Sports Radio (1278 Melb, 954 Syd, 882 Bris, DAB + Perth); SportsFlashes website in India; Macquarie Sports Radio App, Macquarie Sports Radio website
TODAY’S LINE-UP from 6pm AEDT: Tim Lane, John Emburey, Brad Hodge and Kristen Beams.
India did not get a chance to chase down Australia’s meagre total.
Persistent rain meant the match was called off after 19 overs.
The call team was unanimous: it’s a great outcome for Australia after posting a paltry total of 7-132.
Brad Hodge has fired some shots at the DLS (Duckworth-Lewis-Stern) method.
Under the system, India was initially given a target of 137 from 19 overs, a rate of 7.2 per over.
However, as the rain continues, the target was revised to 90 from 11 overs (8.2 per over).
Australia’s 132 runs came at a rate of less than seven.
Hodge said the situation is “bizarre”.
“You’ve got to take into consideration that it’s not actually that easy to whack the ball from ball one,” he said.
“If you’re batting first and have faced 11 overs and you’ve got 90, you’re on par for about 200.
“Australia didn’t look close to getting that.”
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AUSTRALIA IN TROUBLE
India requires 137 from 19 overs for victory.
Australia had posted 7-132 from 19 overs before rain stopped play.
It looked worse for the home side before Ben McDermott and Andrew Tye took 19 runs off the 18th over.
“LEAVE THEM DOUBTING”
Australia assistant coach Brad Haddin spoke to Macquarie Sports Radio before the first ball.
He said the win in the first T20 has put spring back in the Aussies’ step.
“It’s been a tough couple of months for us, we can’t hide behind that,” Haddin said.
Haddin said winning the T20 series can leave the visiting players “scarred”.
“It’s important for us… to maybe leave some of the Indian guys doubting their techniques on the bouncy wickets.”
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It’s been a rainy Friday in Melbourne, but the weather has cleared in time for the action!
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl.
There’s only one change to the two teams tonight: Aussie quick Billy Stanlake (ankle) is out, with Nathan Coulter-Nile coming in.
Aus: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Ind: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah.