India win by 9 wickets

Hardik finishes it off with a six. Rohit (retired for 60 off 41) and Suryakumar (unbeaten on 38 off 27) with valuable knocks and an important partnership to set up the win.

IND 139/2 after 17 overs: Good over from Cummins, just five from it. He finishes with figures of 0/33 from his four overs. India need 14 off 18.

IND 134/2 after 16 overs: Shot! Suryakumar gets on one knee and sweeps Starc for four! What a shot! India need 19 off 24.

Rohit has retired for 60 off 41. Hardik is the new batter. India need 26 off 30.

IND 127/1 after 15 overs: Two sixes! Cummins returns and Rohit greets him with a trademark pull. Suryakumar then follows that up with another outrageous flick-pull for six. Stunning shot-making.

IND 113/1 after 14 overs: Two fours in that Stoinis over. Rohit plays a superb square-cut before Surya plays an outrageous scoop-hook over the keeping. India need 40 off 36.

FIfty for Rohit! He gets there in 36 balls. The skipper started slowly but picked up pace wonderfully. India need 47 off 40.

IND 101/1 after 13 overs: SIX! Maxwell joins the attack and Rohit peppers that mid-wicket region again. He moves on on 47 off 35. India need 52 off 42.

IND 91/1 after 12 overs: SIX! Rohit stays still and whacks one over mid-wicket for a maximum. He needed that push. Suryakumar follows that up with a well-placed cut for four. Expensive over from Marsh.

IND 73/1 after 10 overs: Shot! Suryakumar sweeps the second delivery he faces for four. He got into position quickly and found the middle of the bat. India need 80 off 60.

Suryakumar Yadav is the new batter.

IND 68/1 after 9.2 overs: OUT! Australia finally break the opening partnership as Agar strikes. Rahul mistimed it and Warner completed a fine catch. The right-hander walks back for 39 off 31.

IND 62/0 after 8 overs: Stoinis joins the attack and bowls a tidy over, just four singles from it. India need 91 off 72.

IND 58/0 after 7 overs: Two sixes! Zampa keeps tossing it up and Rahul keeps slamming them down the ground. The right-hander looked in fine touch in the last game and he’s carrying forward his form.

IND 42/0 after 6 overs: Richardson bangs one in and Rahul pulls it straight over for four. The end of a good powerplay for India.

IND 36/0 after 5 overs: Zampa joins the attack, drops one short, and gets cut away by Rohit for four. Seven runs come from that over.

IND 29/0 after 4 overs: Poor from Rohit. He plays a nice flick for four but also plays out five dot balls in that Cummins over.

IND 25/0 after 3 overs: SIX! Agar comes on to bowl and Rahul whacks the first ball for a maximum. But the left-arm spinner does well to concede just two more runs in the rest of the over.

IND 17/0 after 2 overs: Cummins from the other end and he does well too. India got their second four of the innings and this came off the outside edge too. Rohit looking to get his eye in and he finished the over with another boundary as the ball drifted onto his legs. Just helped it along to the fine leg boundary.

IND 7/0 after 1 over: Good over from Starc – he got the ball to come into the right-hander. The good part for KL and Rohit is that they don’t need to go nuts from the first ball so they can work their way into this.

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are walking out to open the innings for India.

Australia finish with 152/5

Wade comes to the crease to face the last ball of the innings and scoops it nicely for four. Stoinis remains unbeaten on an impressive 41 off 25. Bhuvneshwar returns with figures of 1/27 from his four overs.

AUS 148/5 after 19.5 overs: OUT! Bhuvneshwar with three consecutive dot balls to Smith in the final over of the innings, the right-hander then slaps a short ball straight to cover. He departs for 57 off 48.

AUS 146/4 after 19 overs: Fantastic batting from Stoinis! He slaps one down the ground for four before hitting a seemingly effortless six straight back. The right-hander moves on to 40 off 24. Varun finishes with figures of 0/23 from two overs.

AUS 131/4 after 18 overs: Another good over for Australia as Stoinis and Smith pick up a boundary each. Bhuvneshwar now has figures of 0/21 from three overs.

AUS 118/4 after 17 overs: Fifty for Steve Smith! He gets there in 41 balls after a hat-trick of fours off Shardul Thakur. The right-hander has picked up pace finally.

AUS 102/4 after 16 overs: Varun finally comes on to bowl and Stoinis welcomes him with a cheeky reverse sweep for four. Eight runs come from that over. Stoinis is batting on 17 off 14.

AUS 94/4 after 15 overs: Thakur bowls it short and wide, Smith gets on his toes and swats it through cover and mid-off for four. He moves on to 34 off 33.

AUS 80/4 after 13 overs: Kohli returns for his second over and Stonis pulls one for four. Eight runs come from that over.

AUS 72/4 after 11.5 overs: OUT! Chahar gets the big wicket of Maxwell! The right-hander departs for 37 off 38 after chopping one on. Important breakthrough for India. Stoinis is the new batter.

AUS 68/3 after 11 overs: Back-to-back boundaries! Maxwell plays a slog sweep and finds the gap for four. He follows that up with a hoick over cover for another four. Another expensive over from Jadeja. He finishes with figures of 1/35 from his four overs.

AUS 57/3 after 10 overs: Smith with a nice scoop for four as Australia pick up eight runs in that Chahar over. They will target getting at least 80-90 runs in the second half of the innings.

AUS 49/3 after 9 overs: Poor effort from Thakur at short-third. He didn’t get down in time and the ball went right through him for four. Jadeja and Rohit weren’t impressed. Welcome boundary for Smith.

AUS 42/3 after 8 overs: Rahul Chahar joins the attack and bowls a good first over, just four singles from it. Australia’s innings isn’t going anywhere at the moment. Smith is batting on 10 off 15, he needs to get a move-on soon.

AUS 38/3 after 7 overs: Tidy first over from Kohli, just four runs from it. Perhaps, with Hardik not bowling, India will need Kohli to chip in with an over or two in every match during the World Cup.

End of the powerplay and Virat Kohli has come on to bowl...

AUS 34/3 after 6 overs: Brilliant from Maxwell! He hits a reverse-sweep for four, then gets a thick outside edge for four, and follows that up with another reverse-sweep for three. Expensive over from Jadeja.

AUS 20/3 after 5 overs: Maxwell flicks one over the square-leg umpire for two before Smith drives one past cover for a couple. Six runs come from Thakur’s first over.

A bit of a delay because of some sight-screen issue. Thakur to bowl the fifth over.

AUS 11/3 after 3.1 overs: OUT! India’s spinners are on fire! Now Jadeja strikes with his first ball and Finch is the man walking back. It was flat and quick and struck the right-hander in front. Australia are in deep trouble. Maxwell is the new batter.

AUS 11/2 after 3 overs: Finch plays a powerful straight drive and Bhuvneshwar puts his hand out in the follow through but the ball ricochets off for four. Five runs from that over. Steve Smith is the new batter.

AUS 6/2 after 2 overs: OUT! Two in two for Ashwin! Mitch Marsh, on his birthday, is gone for a first-ball duck after edging it to Rohit. Brilliant bowling from the off-spinner.

AUS 6/1 after 1.5 overs: OUT! Ashwin strikes early as Warner attempts a reverse sweep and gets struck in front. No DRS in this match. Another low score for the left-hander. Mitch Marsh is the new batter.

AUS 3/0 after 1 over: Bhuvneshwar gets one to nip away and beats Warner’s outside edge. The left-hander poked at it without any foot movement. A wide and two singles in that first over.

Ishan Kishan, not Rishabh Pant, is on wicketkeeping duties today.

3.30 pm: Well, Rohit said at the toss that Kohli has been rested for today’s game but the latter is out there fielding for now. Finch and Warner are at the crease. Bhuvneshwar has the new ball. Here we go!

India (11 batting, 11 fielding): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin Ravichandran, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakaravarthy.

Australia (11 batting, 11 fielding): David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (w), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins.

The big news is that Rohit is leading and Kohli, Bumrah & Shami have been rested.


Finch has won the toss and opted to bat first.

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Indian men’s cricket team’s second warm-up game ahead of the T20 World Cup Super 12 stage against Australia. Virat Kohli and Co began on a positive note by beating England in the first warm-up match and will look to further get into the groove ahead of the high-octane clash against Pakistan. Stick around for all the updates.