Twitter Reactions: Rain spoils India’s party at the MCG
Revised target for India was 90 in 11 overs and then the rain arrived for the umpteenth time on the day.
Updated - Nov 23, 2018 4:46 pm
India made a stunning comeback at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the second T20 International and were expected to level the series. But after the rain stopped play after 19 overs of Australia’s innings, it played hide and seek with the officials right through. Whenever the target was revised for the visitors, the drizzle made its appearance felt and finally the game had to be called off in the end. Australia will feel they have got out of the jail after putting on a disappointing performance.
With this match being abandoned, it has also made sure that they won’t lose the series now and India will have to win the next game to make 1-1 in Sydney.
Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli once again won the toss and opted to field first only to get off to a brilliant start. There was a heavy wind blowing in Melbourne due to the prior rain in the city and Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the new ball to catch the edge of Aaron Finch’s bat who bagged a golden duck. Chris Lynn brought his power game to the fore then but Khaleel Ahmed got better of him this time around while the same bowler castled the struggling D’Arcy Short to leave them reeling at 35/3.
Krunal has his revenge
The score soon became 41/4 for the hosts, was holed out in the deep off Jasprit Bumrah. Glenn Maxwell and Ben McDermott tried to rebuild then with a partnership as they added 21 runs in more than run-a-ball. Just when the former was looking to open up his arms, one of Krunal Pandya‘s deliveries gripped and turned to disturb his off-bail. The wicket spurred up the all-rounder which was understandable as Maxwell was the one who ripped him apart at the Gabba.
Nathan Coulter-Nile middled a few nicely while McDermott played his first significant knock in the Australian colours as his team huffed and puffed to 132/7 after 19 overs. However, the rain increased at this point in time and the umpires had to take the players off. But unfortunately, the play could never resume as the heavens kept opening up frequently and Australia continue to lead the three-match 1-0.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the match:
Dil ke armaaan…..Melbourne ki baarish mein beh gaye 🙈 #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 23, 2018
This series all about –
India vs Rain + DL method 😁😁😁#AUSvIND
— Sajid BAD-in (@sajidbadin) November 23, 2018
Tough competition between DLS and Rain. Who do you think is winning the 'Player of the Series' award?#AUSvIND
— Samagra Adhikari (@samagra_1) November 23, 2018
— मुंतज़िर (@muntazirism) November 23, 2018
Luck seems to favour Australia this series.
In the first T20i, Duckworth Lewis clearly saved them. And now, in the second T20i, the rain arrives to their rescue. 137 in 19 overs definitely wasn't a big deal for the Indian side. #AUSvIND
— Sparsh Telang (@sparshblogger) November 23, 2018
Feel for this Indian Team travelling abroad.
Their opening matches in Eng, SA and now Australia have always been a close calls. @SDhawan25 hit 2 fours in the last match that fell just inches short of the boundary, and India lost by 4 runs 🙁
And now this rain, critical#AUSvIND
— William Fakespeare (@kaaaMBA) November 23, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2018
Feel real SAD for all the 60,000+ crowd in MCG !
Both teams share the point, its a DRAW🙄#AUSvIND
— Keshav Yadav (@imtidku) November 23, 2018
Match called off!
Man of the series should be given to Duckworth & Lewis. #AusvInd
— Sharique Aghaz (@ShariqueAghaz14) November 23, 2018
Match Abandoned with India having a great chance of making it 1-1
— Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) November 23, 2018
Last time the t20 series between Australia and India was drawn level as the decider was wash out and this series might be ended same way with India have a chance to tie in Sydney #AUSvIND
— ESPN FC (@n_espn) November 23, 2018
What a pity the match had to be called off because of rain!
With a splendid performance from the bowlers, India were well poised to level the series.
— P. Chaganty (@pchaganty) November 23, 2018
So India can't win this series against Australia!#AUSvIND
— VIKASH KUMAR (@vkc1000) November 23, 2018