Rain came to Australia’s rescue as the second T-20 international between the hosts and India at Melbourne was abandoned on Friday.
After winning the toss for the second consecutive time this series, Indian skipper Virat Kohli again elected to field first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar drew first blood for the visitors, by having Aaron Finch caught behind by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for a duck in the very first over.
Darcy Short and Chris Lynn steadied the ship, by adding 26 runs for the second wicket, and both earned reprieves off Kumar’s bowling before Lynn was dismissed by Khaleel Ahmed for a run a ball 13.
Short followed soon after, also to Khaleel, leaving the home side in trouble at 35/3.
The heroes of the first T20, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis who had taken the Indian attack to the cleaners at the Gabba, failed to impact the game this time around.
Ben McDermott (32*) and Nathan Coulter-Nile 18 (9) made some valuable runs towards the end to drag their side to a respectable score of 132/7 in 19 overs, before rain interrupted play. Like it had in the first T20 rain arrived in the penultimate over, but unlike the Gabba, play could not resume at the MCG, leaving the 63, 439 strong crowd, mainly comprising of Indian supporters, disappointed.
Left arm fast bowler Khaleel (2/39) and Krunal Pandya (1/26), who were disappointing in the first game, had a better day at the office.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed 2 wickets, while Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav claimed a wicket apiece.
India were set a revised target of 137 in 19 overs, which was then reduced to 46 of 5 overs. The downpour prevented India’s innings from starting and the game had to be called off.
The third and the final T-20 international will be played at Sydney on Sunday.
The Men in Blue would be looking to level the series before the test series which begins on December 6 at Adelaide.