World T20, 31st Match, Super 10 Group 2: India v Australia at Mohali, Mar 27, 2016
World T20 - 31st match, Super 10 Group 2
India won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
27 March 2016 - day/night match (20-over match)

The build-up is finally over. Game time. Finch and Khawaja stride out to the middle, where the Indians await after their huddle. Khawaja will take strike. Nehra to open the bowling. Left-arm from over the wicket.

7.24 pm The teams are lining up for the national anthems. Australia will go first. Then India.

I can see a few Aussie fans in the crowd, singing along to Advance Australia Fair.. Hopelessly outnumbered though. The crowd put on their mobile lights as they sing the Indian anthem. Flags a plenty. Dhoni has his game face on - an enviable firm jaw.

7.15 pm Tarun: "Australia's batting is a sheer powerhouse.. Looking at that, i would rather prefer a slow pitch on which through-the-line hitters usually mistime and get out. On a batting track, one has to be bullish towards Australia."

Sushil: "Batting second that is chasing is difficult in this tournament. Only few of close games where chasing team just crossed the line. Ind should restrict Aus below 160 to give themselves a chance of successful chase."

Jiten Surtani: "One statement can make the fans comfortable/uncomfortable ! If your captain, after losing the toss, says that he would have also chosen to do what the opposition will be doing - it does jingle up the nerves a bit"

Aditya: "Big match and I am in a train again! But this time i have a full 3g data pack - Cricinfo commentary team - make it good please, you are my only source of information!!!!" No pressure then.

Taco: "@Aprit, I think Afghanistan's upset will be a major reality check for West Indies. I can see Chris Gayle relishing the chance (in his ultra calm way) to take it to either the Australians or the Indians... I reckon it'll be West Indies in the final. "

MAK: "Does the commentary team go for a tea after the toss. Why the comments stop coming after the toss?" We stretch legs and crack fingers, visit the restroom, make some tea, attend to our fantasy teams and things like that because there's no time for frivolity once it all begins.

Neel Shah: "Samuel Badri, Adam Zampa, Ish Sodhi, Adil Rashid, Imran Tahir --- Leg Spinners are having great time in this tournament. While two of the best leg spinners - Yashir Shah and Amit Mishra have been ignored by their respective teams......Pakistan is already out and I have a fear that it would be telling miss for India as well.....They would miss Amit Mishra today." Yasir Shah's ban for a failed drugs test has just ended, by the way.

Yethin: "Anyone who says India is not the favourite still not just for this match but the whole tourney is just living in hope. Every tourney will have tight games. It's the teams that win the games even when not in top gear that win, as they have an extra gear for the latter matches that matter. With so many class batsman due a score, India will be licking their lips at the next three games."

Toss, 7.00 pm MS Dhoni tosses the coin. Steven Smith calls tails and wins. Australia will bat first. He says he thinks the pitch might slow up later in the day, but he isn't sure. It is the same pitch that was used for the women's game between India and West Indies earlier today.

Australia are unchanged from their match against Pakistan.

Dhoni says he wanted to bat first too. He says it looks like a surface the batsmen will love but it depends on how it holds up through the game.

India's XI is also unchanged from their game against Bangladesh.

BinayakJ: ""Two captains playing against each other now, but within 3 weeks they will be back playing together in the same team in IPL. Cricket is a lovely game.'"

Faisal: "Well well well, interesting choice that from Smith! India are good chasers!!"

6.50 pm We've got Mahela Jayawardene, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on our Match Day show to analyse this game. It will go live at 7 pm. Watch it here.

And also keep the comments coming in, I'll try and get through as many as possible! Aditya Anchuri: "I want a flat wicket. Turners won't be good for India, Aus have 2 spinners. Ah for the days of old when Mohali had some pace and bounce."

Pavan: "If Australia win this and England Women beat Pakistan Women, both the men's and women's semi finalists would be Aus, Eng, NZ and WI."

Arpit: "With all due respect to NZ's adaptability, England's fearlessness and Windies's flamboyance, I think the winner of today's game would go on to win this worldt20."

Prahlad: "Zampa and Faulkner will be the key for Australia. India can't afford to go after them. Watson is an intelligent bowler. Hazlewood's pace will be an issue for Dhawan and Rohit. So who is left for India to go after?"

Sakib: "It's simply the battle between how Dhoni will utilize Ashwin's four overs and how Aussies will handle these four overs. "

Pomil Proch: "Took a power nap and missed the upset of this WC. Lesson learned. Now I am up and running, even blinking during this gladiator match is not advised."

Chirag Joshi: "Ashwin's bowling in power play will be the key for this match. It will be interesting to see how aussie batsmen tackle him. whether they go on full attack against him or just play him for singles and odd boundaries."

walrus: "As a neutral, India virtually lost the match against Bangladesh, throughout the match with Bangladesh dominating. New Zealand also sent them to the shed very early. A win against Pakistan with ONLY Kohli firing should not mean that the Indians are the favourites here...Backing Australia with their recent form and a pretty good looking line-up."

El Scorchio: "@ Karthik: Home ground advantage nullified? Low, slow, turning pitch. Stadium full of screaming Indian fans... are you sure about that?"

6.40 pm Twenty minutes to the toss in Mohali.

Jiten: "I simply can't understand one thing - Both lost to New Zealand (India lost in a worse fashion), both defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh (Australia won that in a more comfortable manner)... then why does India start as favorites, and not Australia... Let's face it, India were pre-tournament favorites based on their form coming into the tournament - which has not YET been replicated ! "

Drew: "Aussie's should open with Warner and Watson, and have the rest pad up and bat according to the game conditions."

Mark: "Painful as it is for an Englishman to say it, George, I would make Australia favourites because, after a slow start, they seem to be running into some form. India have just been awfully irregular and have the pressure of the crowd and expectations to weigh them down: if the crowd get after them, as they can, it could be the final straw for their chances."

Khaqan Khan: "India should simply bowl first after winning the toss so that Kohli guides the chase and win it for india. Otherwise Aus is capable of chasing anything."

Rahul: "Ashwin will be key for India's win today along with Bhumrah. I reckon batting first after winning toss"

Sundar: "Something beautiful happened in the WI-Afg game. Yes, Afghanistan, won and that in itself is beautiful, but Gayle celebrated and took photos with Afghanistan. Only a West Indian. Gotta love'em."

6.29 pm West Indies Women have defended ten runs in the final over to knock India Women out and qualify for the semi-finals. The decks will now be cleared in Mohali for the Australia-India game. The boundaries will be pushed back, and the majority of the crowd will file in.

Siddhesh: "If Australia beat India today, there will be no Asian team in a contest being held in the subcontinent! Might well be fitting, given how different the conditions have been compared to what was expected."

Jiten Chandaran: "Curator says no dew likely so not sure if India should bat first and try and defend with no dew and hopefully scoreboard pressure on a good batting wicket, or back the batsman to chase down a score. Maybe losing the toss won't be the worst thing, but if India win the toss, I guess MSD would like to field first."

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6.17 pm Afghanistan have just beaten West Indies, defending 10 in the final over. West Indies have a good enough net run rate to finish top of Group 1, though, ahead of England and will play their semi-final in Mumbai, against the winner of tonight's game between Australia and India.

Anchal Badariya: "India has played 45% dot deliveries in this world cup as compared to Australia playing only 36%. That could be the difference today. Want India to improve on this front. Go India Go!"

Karthik: "Barring the first match, India's opponents have been playing the second consecutive match at the same venue (i.e. Pak at Eden, Bangladesh at Chinnaswamy and now Oz at Mohali). Given the vastly different nature of pitches across venues, the home advantage for India is vastly neutralized. "

Ganesh Tiwari: "So, nobody will be expecting the pitch like that of Kolkata played between India and Pakistan... Anyway, I am desperately waiting this match from mid-days.. Bring a thrilling contest here."

Tharun Raj: "Is it true that Mohali pitch has been doctored to suit spin???" Nothing confirmed. Australia and India will play on the same pitch that the India and West Indies women are using in Mohali. And there has been nothing extreme about it - just some turn and a little variable bounce. Nothing like Kolkata and maybe not even to Nagpur's degree.

6.05 pm Potential upset alert - Afghanistan might beat West Indies in Nagpur. But West Indies need to score only 101 to seal top spot in Group 1.

Shreyas: "Well. Contradiction to 2011 WC we have already 3 non Asian teams in the semis!! Can steve outsmart Dhoni today? #indvsaus"

6.00 pm Good evening, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the match that will decide the last semi-finalist of the 2016 World T20. India and Australia are battling for the right to play in Mumbai - where West Indies await - on March 31. Both teams have lost to New Zealand, and beaten Bangladesh and Pakistan, on their journey to this showdown. This match promises tremendous entertainment and here's hoping the cricket lives up to the build-up.

India have played an unchanged XI through this tournament. Australia have used all of their players apart from seamer Andrew Tye. India have beaten Australia in their last five T20Is. Does that make them favourites tonight? Here's Brydon Coverdale's preview of the game.

Australia allrounder Shane Watson had announced his retirement ahead of the match against Pakistan, and in the lead-up to this contest he repeatedly said he was keen to make the most of the "last few games" he has left. He could have just one left, but it also could be three.

There's been a lot of talk and rumour about the pitch being changed for this match, but it's a lot of he-said-she-said at the moment, with nothing confirmed. The women's match between India and West Indies is taking place on the same surface that the men will use, and it has turned a bit and had variable bounce.


Nehra to Khawaja, FOUR, too short, and there's no pace on this pitch, it sits up for the left-hander and Khawaja dismisses it to the square leg boundary with a pull along the ground


Nehra to Khawaja, no run, Khawaja begins to try and cut it but then checks his shot, let's it pass through to the keeper, Nehra's length was better and his line outside off


Nehra to Khawaja, no run, he's properly beaten this time by a superb ball! Nehra slants it into the left-hander from over the wicket, landing on a great length around off sump, the ball seams away sharply and Khawaja is beaten as he poked from his crease


Nehra to Khawaja, no run, cut off the back foot but he can't beat point


Nehra to Khawaja, no run, short of a length delivery outside off and that ball keeps rather low, Khawaja tries to cut from his crease but gets beaten on the bottom edge


Nehra to Khawaja, no run, terrific comeback from Nehra after that first-ball four, the last ball pitches on a good length and seams away, squaring up the left-hander and beating the bat as he tries to defend

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • UT Khawaja 4 (6b 1x4)
    • AJ Finch 0 (0b)
    • A Nehra 1-0-4-0

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, risky run to get off the mark! Finch pushes towards mid-on and takes on Pandya rushing in, he misses at the non-striker's end. He might have just made it even with a direct hit


Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, a length ball on a pretty straight line, Khawaja gets on the front foot and hoists it over the infield at midwicket for his second boundary


Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, a length ball again and that disappears too! Khawaja presses forward and lofts the ball wide of the fielder at mid-on


Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, three in a row! Bumrah goes around the wicket to change his line but his length is the same - poor. Khawaja stays on his crease and pulls, hitting the ball along the ground behind square leg. Cracking start.


Bumrah to Khawaja, no run, played from the crease to cover point

Sai: "Dhoni should use Bumrah very scarcely in the powerplay and save his overs for the end"


Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, amazing over for the Aussies! Khawaja stays back to a short of a length ball and cuts late and deftly past the fielder at short third man. 17 runs off the over

End of over 2 (17 runs) Australia 21/0 (RR: 10.50)

    • UT Khawaja 20 (11b 5x4)
    • AJ Finch 1 (1b)
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-17-0
    • A Nehra 1-0-4-0

Nehra to Finch, no run, Finch walks down the pitch and slightly towards the off side to whip the ball off his hips but he misses, that passed over leg stump

Hotshot007: "This is a recurring problem from the previous matches. Bumrah bowlers perfect yorkers at the death, but doesn't even attempt it in his first spell within the PP. Baffling."


Nehra to Finch, FOUR, Nehra loses his line, spraying it wide outside off from over the wicket, Finch reaches for it and unleashes a mighty cut, the ball was so far outside off that it connected with the toe of the bat but still raced through point


Nehra to Finch, 1 run, closer to off stump this time and Finch bottom edges the cut into the ground through to Dhoni, who doesn't collect cleanly


Nehra to Khawaja, FOUR, Khawaja is on fire! He steps out of his crease and Nehra follows him with a full ball, trying to cramp him for room, Khawaja flicks and gets an inside edge between the pads that goes past short fine leg for his sixth boundary!


Nehra to Khawaja, no run, good length on off and middle, Khawaja stays on his crease and pushes to mid-on, he sends Finch back


Nehra to Khawaja, 1 run, tucked off the pads in front off square leg for a single

Bharat: "Khawaja is a left hander and finch doesn't play spin all that well. Makes more sense to go with Ashwin. Cant imagine dhoni missed this trick."

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 31/0 (RR: 10.33)

    • UT Khawaja 25 (14b 6x4)
    • AJ Finch 6 (4b 1x4)
    • A Nehra 2-0-14-0
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-17-0

Drew: "Khawaja not up for running today..." Indeed, six fours in his 25.

Waqaas Rumani: "Looks like a superb wicket to bat on. Ball is travelling to the boundary even of the toe end of the bat. If that is the case, I would say Australia need at least 190 plus. Should be interesting to see the chase !"

Here's R Ashwin, from around the wicket with a slip.


Ashwin to Khawaja, 1 run, a full ball around off stump, Khawaja leans forward and flicks for a single

Snehal: "I just don't understand how a bowler gives away 4 boundaries in an over and then come back to bowl in death overs and bowls all yorkers, why can't Bhumrah do that to begin with?" Maybe the new ball is harder to bowl yorkers with?


Ashwin to Finch, no run, backs away far outside leg to hit through the off side but mis-times to the bowler


Ashwin to Finch, SIX, massive! Finch moves outside leg and comes forward to slam a full ball far over the long-on boundary, that was hit beautifully


Ashwin to Finch, SIX, this one isn't as beautiful but it's good enough to beat the leaping fielder on the edge of the long-on boundary! Finch gave it everything again, but did not connect as well as the previous one


Ashwin to Finch, 5 wides, that is so wide outside leg stump, Dhoni has no chance, and short fine leg can't stop it either! Five extras to the total


Ashwin to Finch, 1 wide, what is with this line? Extremely wide down leg again, this time Dhoni was wise enough to move early


Ashwin to Finch, 2 runs, flicked through square leg and they run hard to come back for the second


Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, clipped off the pads behind square for a single. Ashwin has been dismantled in that over


End of over 4 (22 runs) Australia 53/0 (RR: 13.25)

    • AJ Finch 21 (9b 1x4 2x6)
    • UT Khawaja 26 (15b 6x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-22-0
    • A Nehra 2-0-14-0

Saj: "Did somebody just say Finch can't play spin?"

Nehra to bowl his third over.


Nehra to Finch, 1 run, nothing is going India's way! Finch jumped back to flick but got a leading edge that lobbed over midwicket, Raina was walking in but then had to stop and rush back ... he could not get to it in time


Nehra to Khawaja, OUT, caught behind and the crowd roars for the first time in this game! Khawaja drove hard at a good length ball that shaped away from him from around off stump and got a thick edge through to Dhoni. India have their first wicket. That ball flew rapidly to the keeper.

UT Khawaja c †Dhoni b Nehra 26 (19m 16b 6x4 0x6) SR: 162.50

Drew Foster: "@George Binoy That line was coerced by Finch's open stance to Ashwin outside leg stump. Excellent improvisation by Finch for t20 against the spinner."

Warner walks in at No. 3, to deafening chants of "Indiaaaa, Indiaa."


Nehra to Warner, no run, cracks his first ball to short cover with a firm drive, can't find the gap


Nehra to Warner, 1 run, good length angling in to the left-hander, Warner stays on his crease and pushes towards mid off

Ram: "For the first time in a long time, I am sensing nerves in the Indian fielding. That wicket should calm them, somewhat."


Nehra to Finch, no run, good length outside off, Finch stays in his crease and plays the ball to point


Nehra to Finch, no run, a slightly slower one from Nehra to finish, Finch tries to dab it on the leg side but is hit on the thigh, he misjudged the pace. That's the first over without a boundary

riad: "This is called the experience.nehra you beauty."

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 55/1 (RR: 11.00)

    • AJ Finch 22 (12b 1x4 2x6)
    • DA Warner 1 (2b)
    • A Nehra 3-0-16-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-22-0

Bumrah to Warner, 1 leg bye, an appeal for lbw after Warner is hit on the pad by a skiddy ball from around the wicket, that was missing leg, they run a leg bye after the ball goes towards Dhoni's left


Bumrah to Finch, no run, over the wicket to the right-hander, a length ball outside off, Finch drives firmly from his crease but can't beat cover


Bumrah to Finch, no run, he's nailed the drive again but can't beat mid-off this time, Bumrah has got away with two ordinary balls, still bowling length on this pitch


Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, stays in his crease and pushes at the ball, shorter length this time and the outside edge goes down to third man


Bumrah to Warner, 1 run, stays back and tucks the good length ball through midwicket, Bumrah is skidding these balls into Warner, hurrying him


Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, good length angling into Finch, who closes the face of his bat to turn the ball towards wide mid-on for a single

Rohan: "Why is Bumrah bowling now? He is clearly our only praying hope in the death overs against this lineup. On another note, Rohit and Dhawan need to fire today, no more 'settling in' nonsense. Aus looking for 200 here."

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 59/1 (RR: 9.83)

    • AJ Finch 24 (16b 1x4 2x6)
    • DA Warner 2 (4b)
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-20-0
    • A Nehra 3-0-16-1

Jose...P: "Was Ussie driving a F1 car in a bike rally? But for Nehraji putting the speed breaker... ~!"

Prasanna S: "@Drew Foster - Totally agree. Ashwin going round the wicket right away for right handers makes him little predictable. He should bowl over the wicket initially for right handers spinning the ball from outside off that would make Finch's stance little risky."

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl left-arm spin from around the wicket. There's a slip in place.


Jadeja to Finch, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to long off for a single

Over the wicket to the left-hander.


Jadeja to Warner, 2 runs, Warner presses forward a bit too early but then waits and dabs the ball behind point, Warner races between the wickets, really urgent running to come back for the second


Jadeja to Warner, no run, punched off the front foot to covers for a single


Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, shorter and flatter ball, Warner stays back and taps the ball towards long on for a single


Jadeja to Finch, no run, slides on with the arm from around the wicket, Finch cuts off the back foot and Bumrah makes an awkward stop as the ball spins away from him at point


Jadeja to Finch, 1 run, flat and short, Finch goes back and hits the ball to long on

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 64/1 (RR: 9.14)

    • AJ Finch 26 (19b 1x4 2x6)
    • DA Warner 5 (7b)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-20-0

Kanav: "Dhoni pls pls pls try Yuvraj. He has made a differnce for India in such crunch situations." Yuvraj's dad had a strong opinion on his son not bowling much in this tournament.


Ashwin to Finch, 1 wide, Ashwin returns and once again bowls outside leg stump from around the wicket


Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, hit through midwicket from outside leg stump for a single


Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, bowls on to Warner's pads and he tucks it towards square leg, Warner's running is intense again but just the single this time


Ashwin to Finch, FOUR, a superb punchy drive off the back foot, Ashwin dropped short and drifted across the right-hander, Finch went back and towards leg to make room and hit the ball hard through covers


Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, goes back and places the ball in front of square leg for one more


Ashwin to Warner, OUT, stumped! Warner skipped down the track but could not get to the pitch of the delivery, perhaps he came forward too early and Ashwin shortened his length and slowed the pace down too. The ball spun away from the left-hander and beat Warner's helpless prod. Dhoni did the rest

DA Warner st †Dhoni b Ashwin 6 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Smith is the new batsman.g


Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, goes deep into his crease to tuck the ball off his pads through square leg

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 73/2 (RR: 9.12)

    • SPD Smith 1 (1b)
    • AJ Finch 32 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-31-1
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0

Avnish: "Dhoni paused for a fraction before stumping Warner, letting him look back as to what had happened. Masterclass from Ashwin and Dhoni!"

Prashant : "What a waste of batting position for Warner.. He should always open, Khawaja coming after 1 down.. "


Jadeja to Smith, no run, a flighted delivery into the right-hander, Smith reaches for it on the front foot and plays it back to the bowler


Jadeja to Smith, no run, driven to Jadeja's left and he dives full length to cut off the single


Jadeja to Smith, no run, pushed off the front foot into the covers


Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, slow pace from Jadeja, Smith moves forward and pushes the ball gently towards long on


Jadeja to Finch, no run, that's a quick round-arm dart from around the wicket, hits the pad but that was missing leg


Jadeja to Finch, no run, played back to the bowler, sharp fielding again to limit Australia to just the single in the over

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 74/2 (RR: 8.22)

    • AJ Finch 32 (24b 2x4 2x6)
    • SPD Smith 2 (5b)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-31-1

apil: "Poor batting from Warner. Plain ridiculous. Finch had complete control on proceedings and Ashwin was under pressure and Warner just throws it away. Jadeja could have been taken for cleaners had Warner stayed"

Yuvraj is going to bowl!


Yuvraj Singh to Smith, OUT, and he has struck first ball!!! An incredible turn of events. That is his first ball of the tournament. He fired it in quick from around the wicket and got the ball to bounce a bit away from the right-hander, Smith stayed back and wafted at the ball. Dhoni went up rightaway, but Smith looked unhappy. I'll wait for replays to confirm if there was an edge or not. Smith was beaten on the inside edge as he tried to cut, it doesn't look like there was an obvious edge. Nothing definite on snicko. Smith may be unlucky, but it's difficult to tell.

SPD Smith c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 2 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Maxwell comes in.


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, dabbed off the pads through midwicket for a single


Yuvraj Singh to Finch, (no ball) 1 run, driven through covers for a single, Yuvraj has over-stepped, free-hit coming up.


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, a fast ball at 105 kph! Maxwell tries to slog too hard and misses it


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, goes back and tucks the ball off the pads through square leg


Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 wide, fires the ball down leg side, Finch misses the sweep


Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, goes back and swats the ball to long on for a single


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot through midwicket for a single. That was Yuvraj's first over in this World T20. Can't say it was uneventful.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Australia 81/3 (RR: 8.10)

    • GJ Maxwell 3 (4b)
    • AJ Finch 34 (26b 2x4 2x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-7-1
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0

Ahmad: "All the wickets belong to Dhoni. He is behind those Physically And Mentally Both!!"

Hardik Pandya comes on to bowl.

Pranil: "Only 25 runs in last 6 overs : great come back by india"


Pandya to Maxwell, no run, tennis ball bounce for that short of a length ball around off, Maxwell sways away and tries to ramp it over the keeper, he is beaten


Pandya to Maxwell, no run, that ball keeps really low from short of a length, Maxwell was shaping to ramp to third man again but then had to jam his bat down on it, the ball hit him near the waist


Pandya to Maxwell, 2 runs, chipped in the air towards deep square leg, Raina's throw from the deep sails over Dhoni's head and concedes an overthrow


Pandya to Maxwell, no run, short of a length around off, played back to the bowler


Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length and that keeps low too, Maxwell stays back and swats behind square


Pandya to Finch, 1 run, pushed to long off for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 85/3 (RR: 7.72)

    • AJ Finch 35 (27b 2x4 2x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 6 (9b)
    • HH Pandya 1-0-4-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-7-1

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, Finch backs away a long way outside leg, Yuvraj follows him, Finch hits the ball along the ground to long off

karthik: "Seems like ball is holding up a bit, should Aus reach 150+, this could be an interesting run-chase."


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, gets down on one knee and sweeps to deep square leg for two more


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, a really slow ball on off and middle, Maxwell lofts clean over the bowler's head and Raina makes a great save! He comes running hard from long off and slaps the ball back into play as it was bouncing over the boundary


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, 102 kph, faster ball, Maxwell gets down low and sweeps


Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long on for a single


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, the reverse sweep for a single

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 93/3 (RR: 7.75)

    • GJ Maxwell 12 (13b)
    • AJ Finch 37 (29b 2x4 2x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-15-1
    • HH Pandya 1-0-4-0

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, swipes at the short of a length ball and cross bats it long off for a single


Pandya to Finch, no run, short of a length again and the ball isn't coming on to the bat, Finch pulls but gets beaten on the bottom edge

Suyog: "Speaking of comebacks, Finch is such a key player. Always comes good in key moments! How was Australia not able to find place for him earlier?"


Pandya to Finch, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Finch drags it to wide long-on, where Kohli fumbles. Maxwell pounces on the mistake and races back for the second. Kohli's throw is good but Maxwell is safe by the time Pandya breaks the stumps


Pandya to Finch, no run, Finch tries to pull again but fails to make contact


Pandya to Finch, FOUR, short ball again but this time Finch nails the pull, smashing it in front of deep backward square leg to bring up the 100 for Australia


Pandya to Finch, OUT, short again, pulls again and this Pandya wins the contest! Finch seemed to be hurried for time as he swung across the line and mis-timed it to Dhawan at deep midwicket, that was taken well inside the boundary

AJ Finch c Dhawan b Pandya 43 (57m 34b 3x4 2x6) SR: 126.47

End of over 13 (7 runs) Australia 100/4 (RR: 7.69)

    • GJ Maxwell 13 (14b)
    • HH Pandya 2-0-11-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-15-1

Watson is the new batsman.

Niraj Gautam: "This format of cricket is just crazy. You keep on watching and can't even understand when the momentum shifted." When Warner fell?


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 wide, drifts down legside from around the wicket


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, defends on the front foot towards the leg side, Yuvraj races to his right to field


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, gets on the front foot, down on one knee, and sweeps hard, "Bowler's end!!!" is the yell to the fielder in the deep but Watson makes it back easily


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell pokes from his crease and gets an outside edge on the off side


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, fired in at 104 kph, Maxwell gets hit on the pad


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, really slow now, 82 kph, Maxwell steps out and flicks the ball through midwicket


Yuvraj Singh to Watson, no run, a flighted ball dips on Watson on the off stump line, he leans forward to play it but gets an edge towards short third man

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 104/4 (RR: 7.42)

    • SR Watson 0 (1b)
    • GJ Maxwell 16 (19b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-19-1
    • HH Pandya 2-0-11-1

Sridhar: "Waiting for contest between Ravi Ashiwn vs Glenn Maxwell"


Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length outside off, the ball grips the pitch and does not come on to the bat, Maxwell backs away and hits it to long off


Pandya to Watson, 1 wide, strays down leg side and concedes another wide, a fair number of those today

Pradeep: "No boundaries for Maxwell after 16 odd bowls, some serious cricket going on in mohali."


Pandya to Watson, FOUR, short ball again, Pandya is pounding the middle of this pitch, Watson is ready and waiting on the front foot and he plays a powerful pull to the square leg boundary


Pandya to Watson, 1 run, fuller length this time, Watson goes back and turns the ball off the pads through square leg


Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, good length and the ball stops on Maxwell as he pushes towards the bowler, the ball goes past the stumps at the bowler's end for a sngle


Pandya to Watson, 1 run, moves back and across and tucks the ball off the pads for a single


Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, backs away and slogs at a length ball that does not come on to the bat, he's timed it so badly that the ball falls well short of the man at long off

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia 114/4 (RR: 7.60)

    • GJ Maxwell 19 (22b)
    • SR Watson 6 (4b 1x4)
    • HH Pandya 3-0-21-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-19-1

Melvin Sunny: "Yesterday Munro batted some 25+ balls without any boundary. Now Maxwell. Not the kind of pitches for slogging in this tournament!"

Rak: "Though the momentum is shifted towards India, Australia are well positioned in the game. The ball is holding up and that run flow in the first 4 overs of the innings will make difference." Reckon 150-160 will be a challenging chase.


Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, closes the face of the bat against the turn and the leading edge goes behind point


Jadeja to Watson, 1 leg bye, Watson leans forward and across and nudges the ball off the pads behind square leg


Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, has Watson been run out backing up too far? Jadeja appeals after Maxwell's fierce drive rebounds off the stumps at the bowler's end towards long on. Jadeja did not get a hand on it


Jadeja to Watson, 1 wide, bowled down leg side again to concede another wide, Watson misses the slog sweep


Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards short third man


Jadeja to Maxwell, FOUR, that's Maxwell's first boundary! Gets down on one knee and lofts the ball with the angle into him from around the wicket, slog sweeping to the long leg boundary


Jadeja to Maxwell, SIX, he's smashed it! Maxwell unfurls the reverse pull, blitzing the full toss far over the cover boundary. Might have been the switch. Will have to see replays. It was the switch-hit.

End of over 16 (15 runs) Australia 129/4 (RR: 8.06)

    • GJ Maxwell 31 (26b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 7 (6b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0
    • HH Pandya 3-0-21-1

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, a full ball as Bumrah returns from over the wicket, Watson drives to long on on the front foot


Bumrah to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell tries to switch hit behind point this time but is beaten by Bumrah's slower ball


Bumrah to Maxwell, OUT, bowled him with the slower ball! Maxwell heaved across the line so, so early that he was almost through the shot before the ball arrived. He had backed away towards leg to make a bit of room too. Bumrah clipped the top of off stump.

GJ Maxwell b Bumrah 31 (32m 28b 1x4 1x6) SR: 110.71


Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, in the blockhole now, dug out towards mid-on for a single


Bumrah to Watson, no run, slower ball outside off, Watson steers to backward point and wants one, Faulkner says no


Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole now, a very low full toss, Watson backs away to leg and drives to long off

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 132/5 (RR: 7.76)

    • SR Watson 9 (9b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 1 (1b)
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-23-1
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0

Avnish: "Can't believe Bumrah went for 17 runs in his first over! What a comeback! Shows great spirit and fighting strength this young man!"

Nehra's back ...


Nehra to Watson, 1 run, a good length ball angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, Watson stays back and steers to point for a single

Shashi: "Bumrah is a far better bowler in the death overs. Dhoni should not use him to open the bowling. Proven time & again in this tournament."


Nehra to Faulkner, 1 run, a skiddy good length delivery on the pads, Faulkner stays in his crease and pushes through midwicket


Nehra to Watson, 1 run, driven firmly to long off, a low full toss, Kohli races to the ball and unleashes a rocket throw to prevent the second


Nehra to Faulkner, no run, a slower ball on a good length on leg and middle stump, Faulkner defends with a straight bat to the bowler


Nehra to Faulkner, no run, Faulkner moves torwards the off to play the scoop over short fine leg, but Nehra is wise to it and bowls a full and wide ball outside off, beating the bat


Nehra to Faulkner, 1 run, in the blockhole to complete a top over for India! Faulkner can only dig it out on the off side for a single

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 136/5 (RR: 7.55)

    • JP Faulkner 3 (5b)
    • SR Watson 11 (11b 1x4)
    • A Nehra 4-0-20-1
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-23-1

Rishav: "Looks like pandya have to bowl 20th over again unless dhoni believes in ashwin or jadeja to bowl that."

rhys: "Bumrah for the 20th over. Pandya for the 19th? I would have thought Dhoni would let Nehra bowl the 19th"

Bumrah to bowl ...


Bumrah to Faulkner, FOUR, short of a length outside off and Faulkner gets it away, riding the bounce and steering behind point into the empty space on the third man boundary


Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, spears in the yorker from over the wicket, Faulkner leans forward and digs it out between midwicket and mid-on


Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, a full toss and Watson mis-times the pull off the front foot, 138 kph that was, the ball fell well short of deep midwicket


Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, a low full toss and Faulkner chips it over the bowlers head, long-on runs to his left to field


Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, Watson clears his front foot and hacks across the line at a good length ball, mis-times it through midwicket


Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, another low full toss, Watson stays low too and drives hard but the shot is intercepted by a diving Rohit at cover! Superb effort

End of over 19 (9 runs) Australia 145/5 (RR: 7.63)

    • JP Faulkner 10 (9b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 13 (13b 1x4)
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1
    • A Nehra 4-0-20-1

ahmed: "I really do not understand people who say Bumrah shouldnt open bowling! He is a special talent, really? Special talent of bowling yorkers? Come on guys, let him be versatile enough!"

Ganesh : "That's really an incredible spell by old horse Nehraji under the circumstances!"

Vips: "Surprisingly not even one good comment about Nehra's bowling. He was awesome today, breaking that dangerous partnership and being economical during the power play. He for me was the pick of the bowlers today."

Pandya to bowl the final over, again.


Pandya to Faulkner, OUT, caught at long on! It's a good length ball that does not come on to the bat, Faulkner makes room and slogs, but mis-times the ball straight to Kohli in the deep. Will Australia get to 150?

JP Faulkner c Kohli b Pandya 10 (11m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Allen: "Pandya our last over specialist"

Shawn: "This looks like a huge ground. The key in India's chase will be the rotation of strike and convert 1's into 2's. "


Pandya to Watson, no run, Watson backs away towards leg and slashes at a short of a length ball wide outside off, he can't connect. Two dot balls to start the final over


Pandya to Watson, FOUR, a streaky four! Watson makes room again and then lunges at a full ball outside off, he gets a thick outside edge that goes wide of Dhoni to the third man boundary


Pandya to Watson, 1 run, a low full toss, Watson drills it to long off to take Australia to 150


Pandya to Nevill, FOUR, what a shot to execute first ball! Nevill moves back in his crease and towards the off side to scoop a length ball over short fine leg for four

Ger Siggins: "There's never been fewer than two Asian sides in the semi-finals of a wt20; extraordinarily for an event in India, this year there could be none." Or one, Ger! It might be a dogfight of a chase.


Pandya to Nevill, SIX, what a finish from Nevill! Where all the power hitters before him have struggled to middle the ball, this touch player clears his front foot and lofts the length ball with the angle into him clean over the deep midwicket boundary to take Australia to 160

9.00 pm Have Australia got enough? They looked set for 200 when Khawaja and Finch were going at top speed in the Powerplay but timing became a struggle once the ball got older and the field spread. If there's no dew I think it will be an interesting chase. So much depends on Virat Kohli.

Hardik Pandya reckons the ball is coming on to the bat well, that's interesting.

Tanmay VS: "How many balls did Pandya bowl that weren't length balls or short deliveries?" Almost nothing was full.

Aravindh Shanka: "That was an excellent cameo from Peter Nevill! 10 runs could be a huge difference in sub continent pitches."

Tyler: "I've said for some time that Neville should bat above Faulkner. Despite his reputation as a finisher, the reality is that Faulkner has struggled with the bat since teams figured out not to bowl him short balls he can hit through leg side."

Karan Singh: "Expecting more from Rohit and Dhawan today. They haven't done anything significant till now, and it is their time to rise and shine. Kohli alone cannot finish this one up."

Hypocaust: "That was just the fourth six of Peter "The Finisher" Nevill's T20 career."

Shantanu: "Superb bowling from Nehra, 3 overs in powerplay and 1 in death overs and economy of 5. world class stuff."

Suryakant: "Rohit, as his records against aus are great, he has to come forward and give India a solid start. And I think pitch looks lil slower than an usual Mohali pitch."

Deepesh: "Yuvi's bowling should be subjected to exhaustive research. Just don't know how he gets wickets with those slowest balls. Great skill "

End of over 20 (15 runs) Australia 160/6

    • PM Nevill 10 (2b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 18 (16b 2x4)
    • HH Pandya 4-0-36-2
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1
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