5.38 pm: “We played really well as a team in T20 cricket,” said Kohli. “The fact that two of our established white-ball players, Bumrah and Rohit, are not playing and to win like this, makes me very proud of this team.”
05.29 pm: Hardik’s match-winning knock earns him the Player of the Match award. Natarajan would have run him close. Hardik believes it too.
“Credit goes to Natarajan, I thought he would be the man of the match,” said Hardik in the post-match chat.
05.23 pm: This was India’s second highest successful chase in a T20 in Australia. Both have come at the SCG.
– 198, Ind vs Aus at the SCG in 2016
– 195, Ind vs Aus at the SCG, today
Ind 195/4 after 19.4 overs (Pandya 42, Iyer 12): Two sixes just when India needed them most. Pandya finishes it off in some style and he once again makes it look easy.
Ind 181/4 after 19 overs (Pandya 28, Iyer 12): One over to go, India need 14 runs off 6 balls. Pandya on strike. Decent over by Tye but Hadrik got two crucial fours in it.
Ind 170/4 after 18 overs (Pandya 17, Iyer 12): 12 runs off the Zampa over. A six and a four for Iyer. Despite that a decent over for Australia. Match hangs in the balance. India need 25 off 2 overs. Pressure.
Ind 158/4 after 17 overs (Pandya 16, Iyer 1): All on Pandya now. Iyer has just come in and Pandya will have to get India home from here. India need 36 runs in 17 balls
Ind 149/4 after 16.1 overs (Pandya 8): WICKET! Kohli gave the charge to Sams but the wide slower bouncer got the edge. Big wicket. Kohli c Wade b Daniel Sams 40(24)
Ind 149/3 after 16 overs (Kohli 40, Pandya 8): Pandya still not striking it well but Kohli is in the zone now. India need 46 runs in 24 balls.
Ind 141/3 after 15 overs (Kohli 36, Pandya 4): 18 runs off the Tye over including a never-seen-before scoop shot by Kohli. India now need 54 runs in 30 balls.
Ind 120/3 after 13.4 overs (Kohli 20): WICKET! Samson’s brief stay ends. Finds the fielder in the deep to give Swepson the wicket. This is what he was sent up to do, had to keep going for his shots. Samson c Smith b Swepson 15(10)
Ind 118/2 after 13 overs (Kohli 19, Samson 14): Samson sent up the order ahead of Iyer and he is making the most of his opportunity. He has moved on to 14 off 7 balls.
Ind 95/2 after 11.2 overs (Kohli 10): WICKET! Zampa strikes. The dangerous Dhawan finds the fielder in the deep. Big wicket this. Dhawan c Swepson b Zampa 52(36)
Ind 94/1 after 11 overs (Dhawan 45, Kohli 8): India need 101 runs in 54 balls. Required run-rate starting to creep up towards 12. 8 runs off the Swepson over, which Australia will take at this stage.
Ind 86/1 after 10 overs (Dhawan 45, Kohli 8): Zampa into the attack and he starts well. Just 5 runs off the over. Every tight over adds to the pressure.
Ind 81/1 after 9 overs (Dhawan 42, Kohli 6): India need 114 runs off 66 balls but they are going well at this point. Dhawan is striking the ball well. Kohli needs to get into the right rhythm soon too.
Ind 73/1 after 8 overs (Dhawan 36, Kohli 5): Henriques into the attack and India get 9 runs off the over. One lovely shot by Dhawan in the over – he moved outside the off-stump to hit the ball on the leg-side but the bowler followed him. So the left-hander stopped and then cut it past point. Superb improvisation.
Ind 64/1 after 7 overs (Dhawan 30, Kohli 2): Solid start by Swepson. Just 4 runs off his over. All singles. Important for Australia that their spinners go well.
Ind 56/1 after 5.2 overs (Dhawan 24): WICKET! KL Rahul caught in the deep off Tye. Good bowling. The slower ball worked. Slower ball, knuckleballs, cutters might just be the way to go on this wicket. They worked for Thakur and Natarajan too. Rahul c Swepson b Tye 30(22)
Ind 56/0 after 5 overs (Rahul 30, Dhawan 24): India’s innings is up and running now. Rahul and Dhawan are taking this inexperienced Aussie bowling attack apart in some style. Lovely six to end the over by Dhawan.
Ind 43/0 after 4 overs (Rahul 24, Dhawan 17): 4-3–6-4-1-1. Maxwell into the over and it doesn’t go well for Australia. 19 runs for India. Australia giving one over spells to their bowlers and it just robbed them of rhythm. T20 tactics sometimes just take things a bit too far!
Ind 24/0 after 3 overs (Rahul 16, Dhawan 6): A lot happened in the over by Tye. A review which showed that the ball pitched just outside the leg-stump line. A no-ball and then a six off the Free Hit. And then an outside edge that sped to the boundary line in the third man region. Finally, a chance for India to break the shackles.
Ind 9/0 after 2 overs (Rahul 7, Dhawan 2): India’s openers have hit the ball well but mostly to the fielder in the deep. Australia have bowled to their field so far.
Ind 5/0 after 1 over (Rahul 5, Dhawan 0): Steady start by the left-armer Sams. Nothing too loose for the batsmen to latch onto.
03.39 pm: India’s openers, Dhawan and Rahul, are out in the middle. Good batting conditions, this should be a fun chase. India need a quick start though.
Aus 194/5 after 20 overs (Stoinis 16, Sams 8): 17 runs off the final over from Chahar, who finishes with bowling figures of 4-0-48-0. Stoinis got the big hits going in the last over and India have a tough chase ahead of them.
Aus 171/5 after 18.2 overs (Stoinis 1): WICKET! Long appeal by Rahul, a polite request by Natarajan and India have a wicket. Australia’s DRS appeal proved them right. Henriques gone! Henriques c Rahul b T Natarajan 26(18)
Aus 168/4 after 17.4 overs (Henriques 24): WICKET! Smith (46) caught in the deep. Pandya almost managed to make a mess of it but a wicket for Chahal. Smith c Hardik Pandya b Chahal 46(38)
Aus 159/3 after 17 overs (Smith 40, Henriques 21): Good over by Thakur. His knuckleballs working well to throw off the timing of the batsmen.
Aus 152/3 after 16 overs (Smith 37, Henriques 17): 20 runs from the Chahal over. A big one for Australia. The run-rate was slowing down a bit but this should get them back on track.
Aus 132/3 after 15 overs (Smith 30, Henriques 8): Another superb over by Natarajan (3 overs, 12 runs, 1 wicket so far). The Aussies haven’t picked his slower ball.
Aus 127/3 after 14 overs (Smith 29, Henriques 4): The Maxwell wicket was a crucial one. He could have really helped the hosts break into another level. Sundar comes in and bowls a solid over.
Aus 120/3 after 12.4 overs (Smith 17): WICKET! Thakur slower ball does the trick and the dangerous Maxwell is walking back. Maxwell c Washington Sundar b Thakur 22(13)
Aus 111/2 after 12 overs (Smith 17, Maxwell 22): A six for Maxwell in the Chahal over. He just managed to clear the fielder in the deep but the runs keep coming for Australia. Holding Chahal back hasn’t worked well for India.
Aus 100/2 after 11 overs (Smith 13, Maxwell 15): The expected slowdown hasn’t come but this is a very good batting wicket. Australia will need a big total to put pressure on India.
Aus 91/2 after 10 overs (Smith 7, Maxwell 12): Maxwell of Australia (not to be confused with Maxwell of KXIP) is out to bat and he sends one over the ropes early.
Aus 81/2 after 9 overs (Smith 6, Maxwell 3): A chance for India to claw their way back into the match. Wade was in punishing form but the two new batsmen will need an over or two?
Aus 75/2 after 8 overs (Smith 3): WICKET! Madness. Kohli dropped a simple catch to give Wade a life but Wade was then run-out after a big mix-up in the middle. Wade was so sure that Kohli will take it that just put his head down and stopped looking at the field. Lucky for India. Wade run out (Kohli/Rahul) 58(32)
Aus 68/1 after 7 overs (Wade 53, Smith 2): What a knock by Wade, his fifty has come off just 25 balls. He has picked up the length of the ball exceptionally well today and made the Indian bowlers pay for anything loose.
Aus 59/1 after 6 overs (Wade 47, Smith 0): Four off the first ball of the Thakur over for Wade and a life off the second. Pandya fails to hold on to a chance from Wade (43) in the deep and the ball rolled over to the boundary line. This could hurt India. Powerplay overs are done and Wade took full advantage of them.
Aus 47/1 after 4.3 overs (Wade 35): Natarajan strikes to send Short back. India needed this wicket. Caught well by Iyer in the deep. D Arcy Short c Shreyas Iyer b T Natarajan 9 (9)
Aus 46/0 after 4 overs (Wade 34, Short 9): Short getting into the act as well. Sundar went for 16 runs in 4 overs in the first T20I. He has already gone for 24 in 2 overs today.
Aus 31/0 after 3 overs (Wade 25, Short 3): Wade continues along his merry way with another four in the Thakur over. He had clearly come out looking to be aggressive and that’s a good thing for the home side. The average total on this ground is around 165 and they just might need even more than that today.
Aus 23/0 after 2 overs (Wade 19, Short 2): Wade on the charge and he slog swept Sundar for a six to keep the pressure on India. Good start for Australia.
Aus 13/0 after 1 over (Wade 12, Short 0): Wade-Short averaged 57 while opening for Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL and Australia will be hoping for more of the same. Three fours in the over already – one too short from Chahar, then Wade moved around in the crease and helped one over short fine leg and the last one was smashed through the covers.
1.28 pm: Jadeja has been ruled out of the T20I series but it’s his birthday today and here’s celebrating one of his best moments on the field.
01.24 pm: A wonderful Rahane century did little to hit the flaws of the Indian batting line-up in their tour game earlier today.
Day 1 match report HERE
01.17 pm: The first ODI between South Africa and England scheduled to take place in Paarl has been abandoned.
01.16 pm: Three changes for Australia. Finch, Hazlewood, Starc are out. Sams, Stoinis and Tye are in.
D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade(w/c), Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye
01.14 pm: India’s playing XI sees some interesting changes.
KL Rahul(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal.
01.13 pm: India have won the toss and have elected to bowl first against Australia.
01.00 pm: Hello all and welcome to the live coverage of the second T20I between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Some big news earlier in the day: Australian fast bowler Mitch Starc was Sunday ruled out of the final two games of their Twenty20 series with India on compassionate grounds in another blow to the team.
Starc has left the Australian camp with the blessing of coach Justin Langer after being informed of an unspecified family illness.
“We will give Mitch all the time he needs and welcome him back into the squad with open arms whenever he feels the time is right for him and his family,” said Langer.
His withdrawal is the latest change to Australia’s limited-overs squad in the past week with David Warner and Ashton Agar both out injured, while pace spearhead Pat Cummins is being rested.
Opening batsmen D’Arcy Short and spinners Mitch Swepson and Nathan Lyon have been added to the squad.
India won the opening Twenty20 international on Friday in Canberra by 11 runs, with the second match later Sunday in Sydney and the final match of three on Wednesday.
(With AFP inputs)