The chase is set to begin.
... RUN CHASE ...
IndiaÂ will look to come out all guns blazing and they have strengthened their batting order considerably. They will want the openers to attack the Australian bowlers without worrying about keeping wickets in hand. With just 8 overs to bowl, the visitors will hope to maintain discipline andÂ restrict the scoring.Â If that brings about wickets it would be a massive bonus for them. An exciting run chase awaits us. Do join us shortly.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, ! RUN OUT! Steven SmithÂ looks to steal a single but gets run out. It is a slower one, full and on off. Wade works it back to the bowler. Meanwhile, Smith is already half way down the track. Patel gathers the ball and sprints to the non-striker's end. AustraliaÂ have ended their innings at 90/5.
AustraliaÂ began with positive intent with the captain Aaron FinchÂ playing the aggressor role. A brilliant piece of fielding from Virat KohliÂ got rid of last gameâs half-centurion Cameron GreenÂ and the decision to bowl out Axar PatelÂ early proved to be a masterstroke as he claimed the wickets of Glenn MaxwellÂ and Tim DavidÂ to peg AustraliaÂ back. Aaron FinchÂ motored along though and made a quickfire 31 before being dismissed by Jasprit BumrahÂ withÂ a trademark yorker. Matthew WadeÂ con
Matthew Wadeâs sensational form continues! AustraliaÂ have put up a decent total of 90 on the board but will feel they lost wickets far too frequently early on and are 10-15 runs short of a formidable target. IndiaÂ have done well with the ball butÂ need to work on their death bowling as Harshal Patel conceded 19 runs in the last over. That said, they will know that they have enough firepower in their arsenal to chase down this target.
Harshal Patel to Steven Smith, Short ball, wide of off. Smith reaches out and pushes it to deep point for a single.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, ! Consecutive maximums. This is a slower ball, short and on off. Matthew WadeÂ stands tall and dispatches it over the square leg fence. 19 runs off the over already.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, ! Matthew WadeÂ gets the second maximum in the over. A full toss, outside off. Wade stays back and powers it over the deep point fence for a biggie. Matthew WadeÂ is asking the umpire for a no ball, but it looks like the ball is dipping.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, Patel goes full, around off. Wade drives it back to the bowler. Harshal PatelÂ gets low in a flash and makes a half-stop.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, ! High and handsome. There is no stopping Wade at the moment. Back of a length, Matthew WadeÂ picks the length early and smokes it over the mid-wicket fence from outside off for a maximum.Â
Jasprit Bumrah to Steven Smith, Steven SmithÂ nearly gets the taste of the pitch. Jasprit BumrahÂ serves an inswinging yorker, on leg. Steven SmithÂ tries to dig it out but losses his stance while doing so.
Jasprit Bumrah to Steven Smith, It is full again, on middle and leg. Smith tucks it to deep square leg. They take a single.
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, Full length, on the pads, Wade flicks it to mid-wicket for just a single.
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, ! Exceptional shot. It is full, outside off. Wade opens the face of the bat late and steers it past backward point.Â
Jasprit Bumrah to Steven Smith, ! Steven SmithÂ gets his first boundary, a fortunate one though. It is full, around off. Smith swings hard, it takes the outside edge and goes down to third man. A couple of bounces over the ropes.
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, A low full toss, outside off. Wade pushes it through mid off and rotates the strike.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, Wade premeditates the scoop but it does not come off as he expected it to. It goes to fine leg off the inner half. They take a single.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, ! Matthew WadeÂ gets the second boundary of the over. Back of a length, outside off. Wade did not have much pace to work with but still manages to cut it through covers for four runs.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, Patel goes for the yorker ends up as a full length. Wade works it to long on and they collect a brace.
Harshal Patel to Steven Smith, Fuller, on the pads, Smith clips it to deep square leg for a single.
Steven SmithÂ has made his way out to the middle.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, Much fuller, around off. Wade inside-edges it on his pads. It rolls out to the off side and they take a single.
Harshal Patel to Matthew Wade, ! Nicely played! A short ball, outside off. Wade stays back and cuts it past backward point. Yuzvendra ChahalÂ in the deep had no chance to stop this one.
Jasprit Bumrah to Aaron Finch, ! Sound of the wood! Jasprit BumrahÂ finds the breakthrough and sends the big man, Aaron FinchÂ back to the dressing room. Jasprit BumrahÂ fires in a yorker, in the blockhole, it angled in. Aaron FinchÂ fails to dig it out and sees the ball crash into the leg stump. The crowd is on its feet here and Jasprit BumrahÂ celebrates his wicket.
Jasprit Bumrah to Aaron Finch, Fuller, angled in on off. Finch clips it through mid-wicket. The batters take two.
Matthew WadeÂ is the new batter at the crease.
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, A slower ball now, low full toss, on the pads. Wade tucks it to mid-wicket and crosses.
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, Bumrah goes full and outside off. Wade drives it towards point. KL RahulÂ there misfields and the batters take a couple.
Jasprit Bumrah to Aaron Finch, Much fuller, on off. Finch flicks it aerially towards square leg but it lands safely. They take a single.
Jasprit Bumrah to Aaron Finch, ! Jasprit BumrahÂ still finding his feet here. It is short, wide outside off. Finch rides the bounce really well and cuts it over backward point for a boundary.
Jasprit Bumrah to Aaron Finch, WIDE! Jasprit BumrahÂ starts his spell with a loosener. It is full, drifting down leg. Finch fails to flick it away. Wide called.
Axar Patel to Cameron Green, ! RUN OUT! That is some brilliant piece of fielding from Virat Kohli! Axar PatelÂ fires this one short and angles this into the stumps, Cameron GreenÂ rocks back and pulls this towards mid on before taking off for a quick single. Virat KohliÂ is on to the ball in a flash as he picks it up and throws is at the bowler's end. Axar PatelÂ is well placed behind the stumps and the ball is straight into his hands. He knocks the bails off and runs off celebrating. Th
Axar Patel to Matthew Wade, ! Finally, Wade manages to get a solid connection and gets a positive result It is full and on outside off. Wade reverse hits it past backward point for four.
Axar Patel to Matthew Wade, Five dots on the trot now! This is absolute gold. Tossed up, full and on off. Wade looks to reverse sweep but does not connect it cleanly.
Axar Patel to Matthew Wade, Pushed through quicker, on off. Wade blocks it back to the bowler.
Axar Patel to Matthew Wade, Fuller, outside off. Wade looks to go for the reverse sweep but gets an inside edge on his pads.
Axar Patel to Matthew Wade, Floated, on leg. Wade flicks it to short fine, not in the gap though.
Axar Patel to Glenn Maxwell, ! TIMBER! Axar PatelÂ strikes on his very last delivery and Glenn MaxwellÂ has to walk back on a golden duck. Patel comes 'round the wicket. This one comes in with the arm, around middle. Glenn MaxwellÂ gives himself room and looks to heave it away but misses it completely. The ball goes through to shatter the stumps. Also, AustraliaÂ are 19/2 at the end of Powerplay.
Axar Patel to Tim David, ! CLEANED UP! Axar PatelÂ strikes yet again. Once again the arm ball from Patel does the trick. Comes 'round the wicket and goes full, around off, this one angles in with the arm. Tim DavidÂ looks to knock it down the ground but misses it completely. The ball goes through to disturb the furniture behind him.Â
Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim David, Looped up, around off. David pushes it into covers and takes one. A decent recovery by Chahal after going for a six but still as expensive over as 12 runs come off it.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Aaron Finch, Quicker, around middle. Finch eases it past mid on and takes a single.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Aaron Finch, On middle and leg. Finch flicks it to deep mid-wicket for two runs now.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Aaron Finch, ! BANG! Aaron FinchÂ is only dealing in boundaries here. It is floated and full, outside off. Finch gets low and dispatches it over the bowler's head for a biggie.
Tim DavidÂ is the new man in. Also, Yuzvendra ChahalÂ comes into the attack now.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim David, Straighter and at the stumps. David whips it to deep mid-wicket for one.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Aaron Finch, Pushed through quicker, on off. Finch hits it to long on and crosses for one.
Axar Patel to Aaron Finch, It is fuller, on off. Finch now switch hits it and takes a single.
Axar Patel to Aaron Finch, ! Aaron FinchÂ is on fire! It is touch short, outside off. Finch gives himself room and smacks it through covers for a fine boundary.
Glenn MaxwellÂ is the new man in.
Is that a run out? The umpire takes it upstairs to confirm. The replays confirm that Cameron GreenÂ is short of the crease when the bails were coming off. The big screen shows .
Axar Patel to Cameron Green, Flights this one full as well and outside off, Cameron GreenÂ mistimes his slog straight to mid-wicket.Â
Axar Patel to Cameron Green, ! Axar PatelÂ has been welcomed with a boundary!Â Bowls this one full and outside off, Cameron GreenÂ lifts this over mid off high into the air. Virat KohliÂ runs from mid on towards the ball and dives for it. He is not able to reach it and the ball runs away for a boundary.Â
Axar PatelÂ to share the new ball.Â
Hardik Pandya to Aaron Finch, Another beauty from Hardik PandyaÂ to end the over! This is on a good length and pitching in line with the stumps, Aaron FinchÂ looks to pull but the ball is not short enough. The ball goes just over the stumps.Â
Hardik Pandya to Aaron Finch, ! This has been squeezed out into the gap! Hardik PandyaÂ bowls under full delivery just outside the off pole, Aaron FinchÂ moves his front foot out of the way and carves this to deep point for four more runs.
Hardik Pandya to Aaron Finch, ! What a response from Aaron Finch! Hardik PandyaÂ bowls this on a good length and outside the off pole, Aaron FinchÂ gets across the stumps and paddles this over the keeper's head for four runs.Â
Hardik Pandya to Cameron Green, Goes full this time and strays on to the pads, Cameron GreenÂ flicks this straight to the deep square leg fielder for a run.Â
Hardik Pandya to Aaron Finch, Delivers a waist-high full toss angled into leg, Aaron FinchÂ clips this to deep square leg and takes a single.Â
Hardik Pandya to Aaron Finch, Hardik PandyaÂ begins with a jaffa! Bowls this really full and just outside off, gets the ball to move away. Aaron FinchÂ is beaten all ends up.
The game is set to begin. The Indian players stride out to the middle. Followed by Aaron FinchÂ and Cameron GreenÂ who walk out to open for the visitors. It looks like Hardik PandyaÂ is getting the new ball. He will be starting the proceedings here.Â
Aaron Finch, the skipper of AustraliaÂ says they were going to bowl first as well. It would have been perfect to get some early wickets and chase down a target. Claims theyÂ want to be agressive and they are comfortable with the way they play. Informs there are two changes and ends by saying that the crowd has showed them a lot of love and it is an amazing atmosphere.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of India is in for a chat. He says that they will field first. Mentions that he doesn't know what to expect with the game but it is really nice to put something in front of this great crowd. Adds he can see it is a full capacity and hopes they can perform well. Mentions there are twoÂ changes with Bumrah and Pant coming in.Â
India (Playing XI) - KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rishabh Pant (In place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah (In place of Umesh Yadav), Yuzvendra Chahal.
Australia (Playing XI) - Aaron Finch (C), Cameron Green, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Matthew Wade (WK), Daniel Sams (In place of Nathan Ellis), Sean Abbott (In place of Josh Inglis), Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
TOSS - The captains are out in the middle. The coin is flipped into the air byÂ Rohit SharmaÂ and lands in favor of India. They have elected to BOWL first.
UPDATE 8.49 pm IST (3.19 pm GMT) - The officials are out on the field yet again. The groundsmen are still seen working on the wet patches. The two umpires walk towards the dressing room and hand a sheet of paper to both the skippers. Hopefully, we have some good news coming our way. Well to give us a clear picture, the two umpires say that the conditions have improved. Informs us that thereÂ will be a 8-over match with the toss being at 9.15 pm IST (3.45 pm GMT). The first ball will be bowled at