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India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Indian bowlers shine in rain-marred fixture

India had Australia on the mat but rain had the final say. Australia lead the series 1-0 with the final fixture to be played in Sydney on November 25.

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Indian fans turned up in huge numbers at Melbourne Cricket Ground for the 2nd T20I to cheer Men-in-Blue. Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first. India went with the same playing XI as in the first match. Australia replaced Billy Stanlake with all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile owing to a niggle that Stanlake picked during warm-ups. (Image: AP)
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Indian fans turned up in huge numbers at Melbourne Cricket Ground for the 2nd T20I to cheer Men-in-Blue. Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first. India went with the same playing XI as in the first match. Australia replaced Billy Stanlake with all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile owing to a niggle that Stanlake picked during warm-ups. (Image: AP)

Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave his team a perfect start as he sent back Aussie skipper on a golden duck. Finch chased an away going delivery only to get a thick outside edge and wicketkeeper Rishab Pant completed an easy catch. (Image: AP)
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Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave his team a perfect start as he sent back Aussie skipper on a golden duck. Finch chased an away going delivery only to get a thick outside edge and wicketkeeper Rishab Pant completed an easy catch. (Image: AP)

With winds blowing across the stadium and overcast conditions Kohli made Khaleel Ahmed to partner Kumar. The left arm pacer struck with the wickets of Chris Lynn and and D'Arcy Short in the fourth and sixth over respectively. At the fall of Short's wicket Australia's score read 35/3. (Image: AP)
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With winds blowing across the stadium and overcast conditions Kohli made Khaleel Ahmed to partner Kumar. The left arm pacer struck with the wickets of Chris Lynn and and D'Arcy Short in the fourth and sixth over respectively. At the fall of Short's wicket Australia's score read 35/3. (Image: AP)

Jasprit Bumrah then got into action as he removed Marcus Stoinis. Bumrah tricked Stoinis with a bouncer bowled outside off and the batsman played an upper cut and hits it straight down the throat of Dinesh Karthik at deep point. (Image: AP)
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Jasprit Bumrah then got into action as he removed Marcus Stoinis. Bumrah tricked Stoinis with a bouncer bowled outside off and the batsman played an upper cut and hits it straight down the throat of Dinesh Karthik at deep point. (Image: AP)

India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was smashed for three sixes on three consecutive balls by Glenn Maxwell in the previous match. Pandya got his revenge in this encounter as he castled the batsman with a ball that spun away from the right hander. (Image: AP)
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India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was smashed for three sixes on three consecutive balls by Glenn Maxwell in the previous match. Pandya got his revenge in this encounter as he castled the batsman with a ball that spun away from the right hander. (Image: AP)

With wickets tumbling in quick succession Ben McDermott put in a fighting effort as he scored some valuable runs for his side. The batsman remained unbeaten on 32 off just 30 deliveries. (Image: AP)
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With wickets tumbling in quick succession Ben McDermott put in a fighting effort as he scored some valuable runs for his side. The batsman remained unbeaten on 32 off just 30 deliveries. (Image: AP)

Kuldeep Yadva dismissed Alex Carey in the 14th over to reduce Australia to 74/6. Soon after, substitute fielder Manish Pandey took the catch of Nathan Coulter-Nile off Kumar's bowling as Australia lost its seventh wicket in the 16th over. (Image: AP)
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Kuldeep Yadva dismissed Alex Carey in the 14th over to reduce Australia to 74/6. Soon after, substitute fielder Manish Pandey took the catch of Nathan Coulter-Nile off Kumar's bowling as Australia lost its seventh wicket in the 16th over. (Image: AP)

Heavens opened towards the end of Australian innings as umpires and players rushed off the field. As the play halted Australia's score read 132/7 in 19 overs. After relentless downpour and considerable delay the match was finally called off much to the disappointment of the fans. Going into the final game of the series to be played in Sydney on November 25 Australia lead the series 1-0. (Image: AP)
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Heavens opened towards the end of Australian innings as umpires and players rushed off the field. As the play halted Australia's score read 132/7 in 19 overs. After relentless downpour and considerable delay the match was finally called off much to the disappointment of the fans. Going into the final game of the series to be played in Sydney on November 25 Australia lead the series 1-0. (Image: AP)

First Published on Nov 23, 2018 08:26 pm
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