Team India has done pretty well to restrict Australians for a moderate total at the MCG. It was a pretty convincing performance from the Indian fast bowlers to keep Australian batsmen calm on the field. However, the brilliance by Ben McDermott helped them to put a respectable total on the board.
Indian bowlers delivered well:
Initially, it was Virat Kohli, who won the toss for the second time in the series and once again, asked his boys to take the field first. This time, they responded brilliantly by getting the wicket of Aaron Finch right in the first over.
Then, it was Khaleel Ahmed, who has been brilliant with the new ball bagged Chris Lynn and D’Arcy Short to make things fall in place for team India. However, then came Bumrah to knock Marcus Stonis.
Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell tried to settle things in the middle, but Krunal Pandya got the success against him this time to put Australia in troubled waters. However, it was Ben McDermott, who played with the maturity to knock the runs on the board by finding occasional boundaries.
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In the end, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye played breezy knocks to help Ben McDermott stretch the scorecard on the board. Once again, Khaleel Ahmed fared pretty poorly in the death overs of the game.
As far as the Indian bowling is concerned, Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged a couple of wickets each. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav picked apiece alongside Krunal Pandya.
Just when the first innings is about to wrap up, the rain God once again intervened into the game. D/L method once again made its way to ask Indians chase 137 in a 19-over game. All in all, an intriguing chase is on the way at MCG.
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Here are the best tweets:
Three Australian batsmen caught at deep point. Incredible to assume that you’d be hitting a six over point at MCG 🙈🤔 #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 23, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2018
Rains stop the game yet again ☔ . A good display by our bowlers! It's now for our batsmen to finish the job! 🇮🇳 #AUSvIND
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 23, 2018
With Raina not around, Manish Pandey not in the 11, Rahane not picked and Jadeja in and out, India's fielding isn't as sharp.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 23, 2018
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 23, 2018
Cricket Australia should program games in drought-stricken farming regions. Rain would fall for sure. #AUSvIND
— Marcus Wilson (@MarcusWilson4) November 23, 2018
— Akshay 🇮🇳 (@Akkiontop) November 23, 2018
Australia have Defended 127 vs PAK in 2010.. Can they Repeat the Heroics Today in this Rain Affected match?? #AUSvIND
— PRIJITH DAVID (@PrijithDavid) November 23, 2018
seriously Rishabh pant need lots of improvement in wicket keeping skills..Batting inconsistency might be ignored at no.6 but keeping is must req. Factor for Team…#INDvsAUS #rishabh #rishabhpant #msdhoni #msd #dhoni #pant #AUSvIND #bcci #ViratKohli #rohitsharma
— Dhwanit trivedi (@Dhwanittrivedi) November 23, 2018
— JᴇƦᴀʟᴅ VɪᴊᴀYツ (@jeraldvj45) November 23, 2018
Rain delay yet again n the teams will be missing on some overs for the 2 nd time around. Weather forecast has 2 be taken into consideration prior 2 the schedule of these matches. #AUSvIND #AUSvsIND #AusvInd #T20I
— Tejas Pujare (@tejas_pujare) November 23, 2018
Whatever the format, Indians get too generous when it comes to lower order batsmen. The last two overs will again inflate the D/L method target. #INDvsAUS #AUSvIND> Hope the bastmen sort this out without much fuss.
— Madhur Nigam (@madhur8594) November 23, 2018
— Giri Subramanian (Off Work) (@giri26) November 23, 2018
— Peter (@burtpies) November 23, 2018
Absolutely spot on description from @MClarke23 of Virat asking umpires to stop the game as rain falling heavily,the pitch will increase moisture and make it difficult for Indian batsman to bat later,he said.👏 #AUSvIND #TopCommentary
— Dinesh G. Borse (@IamDborse) November 23, 2018
— Anand07 (@i_sacked_NEWTON) November 23, 2018