10:20pm That is all from our coverage today. An exciting game, accentuated by superb middle-order batting, made interesting by mini-capitaulations by the fielding teams, and given an entire new dimension by the rain, that had most of us all over the place. We hope you enjoyed the coverage. On behalf of Alex and Raghav, this is goodbye.
Adam Zampa: Really good feeling. Virat being the player he is, getting him out was a really nice feeling. I never trust Cazza (Carey) with these decisions behind the stumps, but he got this one right!"
Adam Zampa is the Man of the Match.
Finch: I thought the boys played really well especially through the middle overs with the bat. And the bowlers did a really good job. (With Stoinis) I was very confident. He was the one I penciled in to do that job at the end. He had clear plans and executed his plans really well."
Virat: "A lot of Indians came to support us. It was a great atmosphere to play in. It was sort of a see saw battle. We bowled well and then they came back into the game with Stoinis and Maxy batting well. (Shikhar) a really good knock from him. Dinesh Karthik at the end played really well as well. We don't have much time to think of things, [that's the] good thing as well as a bad thing when you haven't won the game. You just move on to the next game [at MCG.]"
Maxwell: "I was pretty excited after dropping one earlier and let it go for six, I was pretty excited to make amends. (the previous one) slipped through my hands. The ball was a cake of soap.
"It's nice to have a bit of luck [with the bat]. It was great fun. Me and Stoin had great fun batting together."
Yogesh: "I think Manjinder is right. He is talking about the dropped catch before rain stopped play. That should have affect the target." -- Yep.
KG: "@Varun: If Khaleel had held on to the catch before rain break, it would have definitely impacted the target, as the resources at Aus disposal would have been lesser. I am quite sure that would have resulted in 4+ decrease in target for India" ---
You're right. I mixed things up with Manjinder's question. Apologies.
Sooryanarayanan: "How good was Adam Zampa though? Economy of 5.5 including the wickets of KL and Kohli."
Piyush Jindal: "Difference between Pant scooping and someone like AB or Dilshan scooping is that Pant doesnt get low so he is mostly just scooping the ball in the air instead of guiding it over the fielders"
Raj: "24 of 28 balls from Rohit, Rahul and Kohli combined ....That's where India lost the match "
Martin Jones: "I like the D/L method, but it must be very tricky to explain to a non-cricket fan that the team who scored eleven more runs in this game lost by four runs."
Greg T: "Not pretty, but I'll take it..."
Dishant: "Stoinis bowled 2 overs of off-cutters and none of the Indian batsmen tried something different. Slogging straight on slower balls won't work in these big grounds."
sravan: "DRS - the idea of adding 15 runs to the Australian total is on the principle that the batsmen would have scored 15 more runs if it had started off as a 17-over match. But no one plans it out like that in the T20 format, particularly when batting first, it's a hit fest from ball 1. Doesn't make sense in this format, IMO. Tough luck, lads!"
SG: "Wow, except a few batsmen and bowlers rest of the Indian team played like they just landed in Australia this morning. First let it slip with bowling and then after coming so close to victory let it slip with batting also... What kind of shot was that from pant when so close to victory?"
9:59pm Justin Langer couldn't even manage a smile when Australia got Karthik. An accurate representation of how bad it nearly got for Australia. A remarkable comeback from India via Karthik and Pant, but the top order didn't fire alongside Shikhar Dhawan and that's the difference today. Not to mention their average day in the field. Some misfortune with the rain and not being able to bowl out their best bowlers too, but they would have been reasonably happy about chasing 174 for in 17. On the day, they just couldn't.
Australia have conceded only 2 this over. If they get Karthik off strike now, they'll feel they've one foot over the line. Trying to ensure that now with a long chat between bowler and captain
11 off 4
Fine leg and square leg in. Point and extra in. Change in gloves for Krunal.
13 off the last over. Krunal Pandya lives for this in the IPL. Can he produce it on the world stage?
Saurabh Jain: "DK is pure gold in these situations. Poor shot from Pant when he should have played straight and with power. Excellent from DK, keeping his cool and keeping India in the hunt"
Vamshi Bhargav: "A proper test match leave from DK"
Tye and Stoinis both seem to have got cold feet. It's just not coming out right.
Ashish Bhatia: "This is Epic ! Both DK and Pant trying to outdo themselves to make a case for WC selection.. "
Mitch: "Since it was 60 off 24, the Aussies haven't bowled one ball on the stumps or a Yorker!"