Score after 19 overs, Australia 132-7, McDermott 32(30), Tye 12(13); Bumrah 4-0-20-1.
Melbourne: The second T20I between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday was abandoned due to heavy rain.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2018
As a result, Australia lead the series 1-0 following their win in Brisbane and the best India can do is to level the series 1-1 with the final match in Sydney on Sunday.
The visitors had won the toss and elected to field.
They got off to a dream start with Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissing Aaron Finch for a golden duck in the very first over.
Soon, Khaleel Ahmed joined the party, removing Chris Lynn (13) and D’Arcy Short (14).
Even Maxwell (19), who played a match-winning knock of 46 on Wednesday, could not perform upto expectations as Krunal Pandya joined the party.
However, rain made its first appearance just before the final over of the Aussie innings with Ben McDermott (32) and Andrew Tye (12) remaining unbeaten.
This was the start of a long wait as the rain never seemed to stop, and the match was eventually called off.
Australia 101-7 after 16 overs
CAUGHT! Bhuvneshwar gets his second wicket. Cramped for room, Coulter-Nile smashes it hard straight down Manish Pandey's throat at deep cover-point.
Australia 74-6 after 13.1 overs
CAUGHT! Kuldeep Yadav removes Alex Carey. Tossed up, the Aussie keeper-batsman goes for the big slog but holes it down straight to Krunal Pandya at mid-wicket.
Australia 62-5 after 11 overs
WICKET! Krunal Pandya does no mistake as Maxwell is bowled for 19 runs.
Australia 41-4 after 6.3 overs
WICKET! Dinesh Karthik takes a good catch at deep point as Bumrah's short bouncer persuades Stoinis to play an upper cut, eventually being dismissed
Australia 35-3 after 5.3 overs
BOWLED 'EM! Khaleel Ahmed is on fire as he sees off D' Arcy Short for 14 runs, ensuring that the bails come off.
Australia 27-2 after 3.5 overs
CAUGHT! Big wicket for Khaleel Ahmed as Chris Lynn departs. Change of pace, the batsman slashes hard but gets a top edge as Krunal Pandya takes a fine running catch in the end.
Australia 1/1 after 0.2 overs
WICKET! Aaron Finch out for a golden duck as Bhuvneshwar Kumar draws first blood for India. Wide outside off stump and the Aussie skipper nonchalantly goes for a drive that gets a thin edge.
India will look to strike the right chords and level scores with Australia while taking on the hosts in the second T20I of the ongoing three-match series here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Having suffered a narrow four-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the opening match, the Virat Kohli-led side will definitely be pondering upon the areas that need to be improved.
Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah did a pretty fine job with the bowl as they successfully restricted the Australian batsmen to less than 7-an-over.
But the game took a sudden turn when newcomer Khaleel Ahmed could not maintain the pressure that was built initially. Krunal Pandya, who was supposed to provide balance to the team by producing an all-around performance, failed terribly on the day conceding 55 runs in his spell of four overs.
Making the newcomers adjust to the foreign conditions and handling the pressure at the same time seems like the biggest task at hand for skipper Kohli.
Indian batting order was not at its best, either. Except for opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, no other player could contribute enough to take their side home. Small cameos from Dinesh Kartik (30 off 13 balls) and Rishabh Pant (20 off 15 balls) was not enough in the end to cross the 174-run target given to India according to the Duckworth Lewis method.
India indeed missed the services of a finisher in the match. After MS Dhoni, the quest for a perfect finisher is still on and it is definitely not a cup of tea for any player to fit in the shoes of one of the best finishers in the cricketing world.
Australia, on the other hand, rose to the occasion right when it was needed. Constantly facing media scrutiny over their disappointing performance after the ball-tampering saga, the hosts must have got a much-needed boost to their morale. Their batsmen did a commendable job to take Australia to a respectable total.
Bowling, however, remains a concern for Australia as most of their pacers proved expensive on the day. But a brilliant spell from spinner Adam Zampa did the job for them.
A win in the T20 series is crucial for both the sides as they would be heading to a grueling four-match Test series. The format is entirely different but a winning momentum is always a bonus. (with agency inputs)
AUS XI: D Short, A Finch, C Lynn, G Maxwell, M Stoinis, B McDermott, A Carey, A Tye, N Coulter-Nile, A Zampa, J Behrendorff— BCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2018
India: Virat Kohli (c), Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
Where to watch the matches live?
Live telecast: The matches can be seen live on Sony Six (English commentary) and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi commentary).
Live streaming: It can also be streamed live on Sony LIV, the digital platform on the internet.