Saturday 15 December, 2018

Rain scuppers Australia and India in Melbourne

Australia's Ben McDermott.

Australia's Ben McDermott.

Australia will take a 1-0 lead into Sunday's final Twenty20 clash with India after the second match of the series was abandoned due to rain in Melbourne.

Foul weather was a feature throughout what play was possible, with Australia battling to 132-7 from 19 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed collected two wickets apiece for the tourists, while the sight of Dinesh Karthik catching Marcus Stoinis at deep point while wearing a beanie hat seemed to encapsulate a contest where the elements were always likely to hold sway.

Ben McDermott's enterprising 32 not out off 30 deliveries lifted Australia to a defendable total, which was then revised to 90 off 11 overs as the rain returned.

Further delays briefly saw India set 42 in a five-over slog but the players did not return to the field and will reconvene at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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