Highlights, India vs Australia, 3rd T20I: Final match called-off due to wet outfield, series ends in 1-1 draw
Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of the third and final T20I between India and Australia in Hyderabad on Friday. India will be itching to bounce back from the thrashing they received in Guwahati when they take on an edgy but resilient Australia in the series-deciding third and final T20 International in Hyderabad on Friday. India, who dominated Australia in the preceding ODI series, won the opening T20I comfortably before getting a rude shock in the second game. Despite the recent success India have had over Australia, Virat Kohli has maintained that the team from Down Under is always tough to beat. And with the thumping eight-wicket win over the hosts on Tuesday, Australia go into series-decider with some serious momentum. India had a forgettable day at the Baraspara Stadium in all departments after they lost the all-important toss. The highly-rated batsmen were found wanting against the swinging ball with rookie Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff doing the bulk of the damage. Captain Kohli was out for a rare duck and he, along with the rest of the batting line-up, would be eager to make amends. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates.
LIVE SCORE AND UPDATES FROM INDIA VS AUSTRALIA, 3RD T20I IN HYDERABAD
20.26 IST: MATCH HAS BEEN CALLED OFF DUE TO WET OUTFIELD WITHOUT A BALL BEING BOWLED. SERIES ENDS IN 1-1 DRAW.
20.00 IST: Waiting game continues in Hyderabad as we eagerly look to hear an update from the umpires.
19.50 IST: Just as they wait anxiously for an update regarding the start of the match, the Indian players are founding new ways to kill time.
19.45 IST: It seems that the situation has worsened. It has suddenly become windy and the groundstaff have completely covered the pitch.
19.22 IST: Still no signs of play, friends. Next inspection is at 19.45 IST.
19.00 IST: The umpires are out to inspect the outfield. The reduction of overs will only start after 20.00 IST.
18.55 IST: The inspection is just a few minutes away... stay tuned!
18.45 IST: The groundstaff are seen repairing the wet outfield as we still await for the toss to happen.
18.30 IST: Take a look at the pitch today at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
18.15 IST: Not a great news to start with. As per the information, the toss - scheduled to happen at 18.30 IST - has been delayed due to wet outfield. Next inspection is at 19.00 IST.
17.50 IST: Here's Team India making its way to the stadium for the series-decider.
After receiving an eight-wicket thrashing in the second Twenty20 International (T20I), India will aim for a better show when they take on Australia in their third and final cricket match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
Left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff had wiped away India's top-four in Guwahati as the hosts were bundled out for 118 in the second match of the T20I series. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, too, had foxed the Indians with his guile and variety.
India will hope that the batting failure was a one-off incident and their batsmen will come out all guns blazing in the decisive tie.
Australia had lost the One-Day International (ODI) series 1-4 and Thursday's match presents a great opportunity for them to take a trophy back home. They will be full of confidence after the win in the second T20I. (Read Full Preview)