India vs Australia 2018, 2nd T20I Melbourne: After facing the fury of the batsmen in the opening encounter, all-rounder Krunal Pandya answered his critics in style in the second match of the series as snared the crucial wicket of ‘big fish’ – Glenn Maxwell with a ball that would be a left-arm spinner’s delight. Maxwell played ‘gem of a knock’ in the first T20I as he scored a quickfire 46 off just 24 balls that included four towering maximums. However, the ‘big show’ failed to get his innings going in the second match and fell for 19 off 22 balls, quite an uncharacteristic knock from the Victorian all-rounder.Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Ireland Batter Simi Singh Survives 3 Run-Outs on Last Ball as Namibia Fielders Fail to Collect Ball | WATCH VIDEO
The ball pitched on middle stump and Maxwell, who was not playing for the spin missed the line of the delivery as it clipped the off-stump. It was a perfect reply from Krunal after being plundered for three consecutive maximums by Maxwell in the last match. Lately, the 30-year old Maxwell has shown great form in the limited-overs format and ha played crucial knocks for the Kangaroos. Also Read - Sourav Ganguly on Virat Kohli's Decision to Give up Team India Captaincy in T20 Format After World Cup, Says I Was Surprised
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After a good overall bowling performance by the pace battery, the Indians end up on the wrong side as the second T20I of the three-match rubber between India and Australia was called off due to consistent rain at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday. Australia were 132/7 in 19 overs when 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.
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. Later, another downpour led to the cancellation of the match. The hosts currently lead the series 1-0.
Earlier, it seemed the visiting bowlers have learnt from the 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.
Australia Squad (Playing XI): D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
India Squad (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed