India vs Australia: Khaleel Ahmed Learning Everyday on Maiden Australia Tour

Mitchell Starc India vs Australia

Mitchell Starc India vs Australia

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. But the weather means India now can no longer win the series.

They were hoping to keep the momentum going but got off to the worst possible start after Virat Kohli won the toss and put them into bat in front of a boisterous 65 000-strong crowd. The visitors went in with an unchanged side while Australia made one change, bringing in Nathan Coulter-Nile for Billy Stanlake who picked up an ankle niggle during warm-up.

Bhuvneshwar dismissed Aaron Finch on golden duck on his second delivery. From there onwards, India exerted themselves on the field and there was never any let up. The swing bowler should have had at least a couple more wickets, but was twice unlucky in the third over.

It left Australia in trouble at 27/2 after four overs and it got worse when D'Arcy Short chopped a ball onto his wicket from Ahmed.

Any further changes are most likely to be tactical in terms of the batting order and the way Kohli utilises his bowlers as he may want to move up to number three himself with the bat, while he may want to rotate his bowlers a little more to ensure Bumrah faces Chris Lynn against whom he has a good record.

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Bumrah had Marcus Stoinis (4) caught in the deep in the seventh over to put the hosts under more pressure.

On a cold, grey day Australia were unable to build any meaningful partnerships with Ben McDermott their top scorer on 32 before the heavens opened and they forced off after 19 overs. The spinner found some grip and a hint of turn as Maxwell was bowled in the 11th over.

Coulter-Nile hit two sixes and a four during his nine-ball stay.

With Australia at 101/7, McDermott and Andrew Tye (12) showed some resistence, adding 31 runs for the eighth wicket and the duo also hammered young Khaleel for 19 runs in the 18th over before rain stopped play.

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