11.00 pm That's all we have from the game. Thanks for joining us. Good night.
Kuldeep Yadav is Man of the Match for his 2 for 16. "getting my first Man of the Man in T20s. First couple of balls, I saw what he was doing, later on I set him up for the sweep shot. So I knew he wasn't going to hit me over mid-off, so I planned that overpitched ball to bowl him. Always think about wickets, that's all that matters for me and the team. Getting more confidence day by day, game by game."
"Especially after winning the toss and bowling first, that effort was required. We don't really understand the Duckword Lewis method. After getting them down to 118, we thought it would only be 40 or something. 48 was tricky," Virat Kohli says. "It's been a combined effort of the players, but also the management group who have given great ideas. Picking specialist players for formats, picking mystery bowlers, giving them confidence. They can give runs in one game, but they will always hit back. Bhuvi and Bumrah have been brilliant in limited-overs lately. You need to be able to execute yorkers and slower balls and you need skill. But you need to have a good head as well, make batsmen hit the wrong areas. Unfortunate for Dhawan to miss out on so many games, but he's back and even this innings of 15 will give him confidence."
10.55 pm "At the end of the day, it's a poor result for us. We have to be better next game,"David Warner says. "We didn't deserve to have that chance. Almost being bowled out for 120. But to get as close as we did, the bowlers did an okay job. Don't have an answer for you. We had a good partnership up top with Finchy and myself, but then there was a collapse again in the middle order. We have to go back to the drawing board and figure that out."
Vinit Singh: "50th T20I win for India. Third international team to do so."
10.40 pm Rain shortened games usually end up with the chasing side. Kohli, after winning the toss, specifically said he wanted to bowl because of the weather around. Australia could have made it harder by batting smarter. This wasn't a belting pitch. It was slow, keeping low, and turning too. But regardless of that, they kept playing shots when they could have readjusted to hit a score of 140 or 150. That translated to a target of 48 in six overs and it was pretty comfortably done.
Much of this win was the result of Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah's bowling - 2 for 16 and 2 for 17 respectively. Kuldeep was especially impressive, countering Aaron Finch's premeditated plans of sweeping him by bowling the perfect ball - quicker, fuller and tighter on the stumps to bowl him - setting the stage for Bumrah to take two wickets in one over in the death
"Tougu time for myself and my family but thankfully the doctors saw the disease on time," says Shikhar Dhawan when talking about his wife who fell sick recently. "Coming back after a break, playing an international game, it was good."
"That's it for all the cricket for the day from Ranchi, but here's Sharda Ugra transporting you to Kochi, describing the action from a pulsating Under-17 World Cup match between Brazil and Spain. You can watch all the matches of the tournament live on ESPN.in
Charles John: "I suspect the Aussies, much like the TV commentators, were completely unaware of the new rule allowing 2 overs per bowlers in reduced games ... oops"
Four men on the leg side boundary and one at deep point
Warner and Christian have a chat now. Loud conversations regarding field placements. Pandya is padded up. Fine leg is back, third man is up. Long-on is back. Mid-off is up
Christian to bowl the last over.
Zampa in now.
India need 12 off 12 balls
Samriddha Raj P: "If a wicket goes down now, local boy MSD should be sent in. At the end of the day, the game is about pleasing the crowd, isn't it?"
Dhaval : "Kohli did the right thing here by bringing himself on instead of Pandya. Shorter targets are tricky and can be won by proper cricketing shots rather than slogs. Like what happened with Rohit Sharma. "
sankar4787: "Will Warner throw the ball to zampa?? Wouldn't be a smart move if he does so. He should get this done with pacers only." ----- Not yet. Coulter-Nile to bowl out.