The second Twenty20 International between India and Australia was called off following persistent rain in Melbourne. Put into bat, Australia overcame a poor start to reach 132 for seven in 19 overs when rain forced the players off the field at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Things could have been worse for the hosts, but for McDermott and Coulter-Nile. Ben McDermott made 32 not out off 30 balls before scurrying off the ground with batting partner Andrew Tye. India did extremely well with the ball. It was so good to watch the Indian pacers operate.
The umpires first considered a 19-overs-a-side game before setting India a revised target of 90 from 11 overs to level the series. However, with the rain returning, the match was eventually called off.
Australia, who clinched the rain-hit series opener in Brisbane, will carry a 1-0 lead into Sunday’s final match in Sydney.
India were thus robbed of a great chance to level the series. They would have backed themselves to hunt down 137 in 19 overs.
Smiles returned on Australian faces. They have escaped luckily here. But with rain falling on the pitch, they would have fancied their chances with a few early wickets as well. Australia now can’t lose this India and Australia series. And now we all wait for the last of the 3-match T20I series at the SCG on Sunday.