Kohli saves India again to seal passage through to semi-final

Kohli saves India again to seal passage through to semi-final

That brings to an end Vavel Uk's live commentary of today's clash between India and Australia. I have been Tom Mason and until next time have a good day. 

India have done it they have beaten the Aussies by six runs with five balls remaining to seal their place in the semi-final. Kolhi was once again impressive as he scored an unbeaten 82 from just 51 deliveries. India win the crucial match and make it their third win from four in the Super 10's stage.

END OF MATCH! India 161-4. India win by six wickets.

Overs 20: Ind 161-4 India get the four they need with skipper Dhoni finding the boundary on the first ball to see his side through to the semi-finals.

Overs 19: Ind 157-4 Another brilliant over for India and Kolhi as they take sixteen runs from the next over. Only four are needed from the last over now for victory.

Coulter- Nile replaces Watson with the ball.

Overs 18: Ind 141-4 Wow what an over from India as they take 21 runs from Faulkner's next over. This could be the over which has put it back into India's hands once more.

Faulkner back into the attack in the place of Hazlewood.

Overs 17: Ind 122-4 A bad over for India in the context of the chase as they score just the eight runs from the 17th over. It was an amazing spell of bowling for Watson as he collected figures of 4 overs 2-23. 39 needed from three overs.


Overs 16: Ind 114-4 A fantastic over for India as they collect 12 runs from Hazlewood's final over. These two have really been finding the two's really well since coming together something which wasn't happening in the previous overs. 47 needed from the last four overs.

Hazlewood replaces Faulkner with the ball.

Overs 15: Ind 102-4: A good over for India, but at this stage they need to be scoring at a much faster rate if they want to progress through to the next stage, Faulkner and Watson have both had really good days with the ball so far.

Watson is back into the attack replacing the youngster Zampa.

Overs 14: Ind 94-4 A really strong over from Faulkner as he picks up a key wicket as well as just going for the five runs in the over. Australia are firmly in control at the moment.

MS Dhoni the next man in.

Wicket - Yuvraj falls for 21 after a brilliant catch from Watson off the bowling of Faulkner.

Faulkner replaces Maxwell with the ball.

Overs 13: Ind 89-3 Another more than usefull over for India as they collect nine runs off Zampa's second over to pile the pressure onto the young spinner. The required rate is now nearly up to 10.50 an over now.

Overs 12: Ind 80-3 A positive over for India as they take 12 runs from Maxwell's second over including Kolhi's first six of his innings. With spinners now on at both ends this is the crucial time of the innings you feel.

Overs 11: Ind 68-3 A brilliant start from the young leg spinner, Zampa as he concedes just the three runs from his first over. He bowled a really tight line throughout making it very difficult for the Indian batsmen to get away.The run rate is now above ten an over which will be a worry for the Indian dug-out.

Adam Zampa replaces Coulter Nile with the ball.

Overs 10: Ind 65-3 A great start for Maxwell as just six runs come from his first over. Another over goes by without a boundary which is only a bonus for the Aussies.  At the halfway stage the Aussies are on top.

Maxwell is the new bowler replacing Watson.

Overs 9: Ind 59-3 A better over for India as they score nine runs from the over as Kohli finds the boundary rope once again and is starting to look really good and in fine form. At the end of the over Yuvraj again recieved treatment and he is really struggling here and it may be a sensible move to allow MS Dhoni to come in for him.

Fortunatly for India he is fine to continue and under the new rules he is unable to have a runner.

A stop in play as Yuvraj appears to have twisted his ankle we could be stopped for some time here.

Coulter-Nile replaces Faulkner with the ball.

Overs 8: Ind 50-3 Once more a brilliant over from Watson as just the five runs come from his second over as well as the key wicket of Raina. Like always Kohli will now be vital for India's chances in this match.

India's number five is Yuvraj Singh.

Wicket - Raina out to the impressive Watson out caught behind by Nevill. Raina fell for just 10(7). Massive wicket!

Overs 7: Ind 45-2 A steady start with the ball from Faulkner as eight runs are scored from his opening over. Raina got off the mark in the over scoring his first boundary in the process. This one is certainly nicely in the ballance and neither is in full control.

Faulkner replaces Hazlewood with the ball.

Overs 6: Ind 37-2 A brilliant start from Watson as not only does he pick up a wicket his over goes for just three runs to leave it evenly poised at the end of the powerplay. The game is well on now with Kohli and Raina at the wicket.

Suresh Raina is the new man to the wicket.

Wicket - The change to Watson works as he removes Sharma bowling him for 12. Watson looks really up for this rememeber this could well be his last match for Australia if they are eliminated.

Shane Watson on with the ball replacing Coulter-Nile.

Overs 5: Ind 34-1 A brilliant over for India as Kohli joins the party hitting a four two times in the over whilst also picking up a single to ruin Hazlewood's figures. India are off to a sensible start here and look the most likely here at the moment.

Overs 4: Ind 24-1 An important wicket for the Aussies to pick up as the opening pair were starting to look really comfortable. Just six runs came from the over as well as the wicket to bring the Australian's right back into the match.

India's number three is Virat Kohli.

Wicket - Dhawan must go out caught in the deep falling for 13 off the bowling of the impressive Coulter-Nile.

Overs 3: Ind 18-0 A strong over for India but, following a six on just the second ball of the over it was a strong fightback from Hazlewood as just two runs come from the resulting two balls.

Overs 2: Ind 9-0 A very strong start from Coulter- Nile as just two runs come from his opening over. He finds the right line from the off and concedes just a couple of singles in the over.

The second over will be bowled by Nathan Coulter- Nile.

Overs 1: Ind 7-0 A more than Decent start for the tournament hosts as they score seven from the first over of the chase. Dhawan's first ball is sent to the boundary rope to help his side get off to a reasonable start.

Josh Hazlewood will take the first over for Australia. Sharma on strike for India.


The score by Australia is about par so you would think that they would be fairly pleased with it as at one stage it wasn't looking to good. Watson added some valuable runs at the end scoring 18*(16). Stay tuned as we bring you the second innings soon!

END OF INNINGS! Australia 160-6. India require 161 runs from 20 overs to seal their place in the semi-finals against the West Indies.

Overs 20: Aus 160-6 The over starts well for India with a wicket the one of Faulkner before a dot ball. Watson then hit a four and got a single before Nevill hit ten off the final two balls including a six of the final ball of the innings. Australia end of 160-6.

The new man in the middle is Peter Nevill.

Wicket - Faulkner falls to a catch in the deep out for just ten.

Pandya to bowl the final over.

Overs 19: Aus 145-5 Not a bad over for the Aussies but, at this stage they need to be scoring at a much faster rate than they currently are. Massive final over coming up here.

Overs 18: Aus 136-4 A brilliant final over from Nehra which goes for just four runs as he finishes with figures of 1-20 from his four. It's now or nver for the Aussies as they will need at least 160 to be competitive here.

Nehra comes on for Jadeja with the ball.

Overs 17: Aus 132-5 A very good over from Bumrah as only three runs come from his over as well as the key wicket of the powerfull Maxwell. It's a question for the Aussies of what is a good score as it is difficult to really know.

The new batsmen is James Faulkner.

Wicket - The dangerous Maxwell falls to Bumrah out bowled for a brilliant 31(28).

Bumrah replaces Pandya.

Overs 16: Aus 129-4 Australia get the over they need as 16 runs come from Jadeja's next over as they really up the rate. With four overs remaining a score of up and around 180 is more than within reach for the Aussies.

Jadeja back on with the ball replacing Youvraj.

Overs 15: Aus 113-4 That is much more like it from the visitors as they pick up eleven runs from the over. We enter the final five of the innings and this is where the game will be both won and lost you sense at this stage.

Overs 14: Aus 104-4 Only for runs are scored from the next over as Maxwell and Watson rebuild the innings after losing some key wickets in recent overs. With six overs to go you feel that it's now time for the Aussies to get going and with this duo at the wicket any score is on the cards.

Overs 13:Aus 100-4 Yet another over goes to India as the Australian's collect just the seven runs whilst also losing the key wicket of the opener Finch. Massive partnership coming up now between Maxwell and Watson for the Aussies if they are to post a big competitive score.

The new man is Shane Watson.

Wicket - Finch must go falling to Pandya after a catch from Dhawan in the deep going for a impressive 43.

100 up for the Aussies!!

Overs 12: Aus 93-3 Another fine over for India as just the eight runs come from Yuvraj's second over. Australia have certainly got the players to set a competitive score but, they will need to get going soon otherwise they will fall way below par.

Overs 11: Aus 85-3 Another over goes in the favor of the hosts as just the four runs come from the eleventh over. Pandya starts well find a consistent line and looks to have really stepped up his game in this tournament and is a really key player for India in this format.

Pandya is the new bowler replacing Jadeja.

Overs 10: Aus 81-3 A decent first over from Yuvraj as just the seven runs come from it including the wicket of Smith although it did appear that he didn't even hit the ball when we was given out caught behind. India have really responded well since the end of the batting powerplay.

Glenn Maxwell in at number 5.

Wicket - He strikes with his first ball of the tournament removing the dangerous Smith out caught behind for just two. Another big wicket for India.

Yuvraj Singh comes into the attack in the place of Ashwin.

Overs 9: Aus 74-2 Another very strong over from India as just a single comes from the ninth. Jadeja has started really well and the Aussie batsmen are finding it tough to cope with at the moment.

Overs 8: Aus 73-2 A much better over from Ashwin as just eight runs came from the over as well as the vital wicket of the dangerous Warner.

Australia's number four is Steve Smith.

Wicket - Warner falls out stumped by Dhoni off the bowling of Ashwin for just 6.

Ashwin back on replacing Bumrah.

Overs 7: Aus 65-1 Another very good over for India as they take just six runs from Jadeja's first over. This match is firmly in the ballance and could go either way.

Jadeja replaces Nehra with the ball.

Overs 6: Aus 59-1 Another decent over from India as the Aussies only manage four runs from the over. Since the wicket it has been a great response from India.

Bumrah replaces the expensive Ashwin with the ball.

Overs 5: Aus 55-1 A brilliant response from India as just two runs and the wicket come from the fifth over to bring themselves back into the contest. Nehra has been really impressive so far going for just fifthteen from his three overs.

In at three is David Warner.

Wicket - Khawaja must go falling for 26(16) out caught behind by Dhoni. Huge wicket for India!

Overs 4: Aus 53-0 The change to Ashwin really backfires as 22 runs come from his opening over as Finch takes a liking to him stricking two sixes in the over to put the bowler on the back foot. India have no answers at the moment and need to get a wicket as soon as possible.

R Ashwin comes into the attack in the place of Bumrah.

Overs 3: Aus 31-0 Another great over as finch finds his first boundary whilst Khawaja has raced along to 25 with six fours in that total. India may be forced to bring the spinners on in the batting powerplay.

Overs 2: Aus 21-0 A brilliant second over for Australia as Khawaja finds the ropes on three seperate occasions to get his side off to a flyer. All Australia at the moment.

Jasprit Bumrah will opening with the ball at the other end.

Overs 1: Aus 4-0 A great first over from Nehra as he just concedes a boundary from the first ball before bowling five dot balls. Solid start from India here.

Usman Khawaja will take the first ball of the innings to be bowled from Ashish Nehra.


The players are out to sing their national anthems. 

So both sides are unchanged in this must win match for both teams as they look to seal their passage through to face the West Indies on Thursday. Big game for both sides. Who will come out on top? Stay tuned. 

Australia team: AJ Finch, UT Khawaja, DA Warner, SPD Smith*, GJ Maxwell, SR Watson, JP Faulkner, PM Nevill†, A Zampa, NM Coulter-Nile, JR Hazlewood

India team: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, SK Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni*†, HH Pandya, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, A Nehra,JJ Bumrah

Australia have won the toss and will bat first!

Here comes the toss from Chandigarh!

The pair have both had very similar tournaments so far as the pair both lost to New Zealand despite only getting set low scores. They then also both beat Pakistan with ultimate ease which meant that this match was always going to be vital. The pair then also both beat Bangladesh but, India were lucky in that match winning by just one run from the final ball whereas the Australian's beat Bangladesh by three wickets with more than ten deliveries remaining.

India celebrate their dramatic win against Bangladesh (photo: AP)
India celebrate their dramatic win against Bangladesh (photo: AP)

The last time these two sides met in the shortest form of the game was in January of this year where India won by seven wickets in Sydney. Australia batted first and scored a mammoth score of 197-5 from their 20 overs thanks to an unbeaten 124 from just 71 deliveries by Shane Watson. In the chase there were contributions the whole way down the order as India got home by seven wickets off the final delivery off the match. In that match the two elevens which the teams played were much different to the ones which are playing in this tournament as they tried a number of different players in the build-up to the World T20.

The most recent meeting in this tournament came in the last tournament in Dhaka where India completed the win by 73 runs. India reached a competitive 159-7 from their 20 overs with Yuvraj Singh top scoring with 60 whilst all six Aussie bowlers who bowled picked up a wicket. In the second innings the Australian's limped to 86 all out with Ashwin doing much of the damage taking 4-11 to take his side to victory.

The second meeting between the two sides came Colombo in 2012 and it was once against the Aussies who won winning by nine wickets with more than five overs remaining. The Indian side batted first and were restricted to just 140-7 from their 20 overs as Watson took three wickets. In reply the Aussies eased to victory after an opening stand of 133 between  Watson and Warner.

The teams have met on three occasions in the World T20 tournament before with Australia winning on two occasion with the Indians coming out on top in the other meeting between the two. The first meeting in this tournament came in Bridgetown in 2010 and the Aussies came out easy winners winning by 49 runs after scoring 184-5 from their 20 overs largely thanks to a fabulous 72 from David Warner in the chase India were restricted to just 135 all out despite, an unbeaten Rohit Sharma 79 as Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait both took three wickets to help their side to claim the win.  

This match is the final match of the Super 10's in Group 2 and it is a winner takes all clash as the winners of this match will reach the semi-final stage. This is such a crucial match for both sides as prior to the tournament many people expected this match to be the one which decided who won the group but, due to the excellence of New Zealand only one of these two sides will now reach the last four. After Australia beat Pakistan on Good Friday it meant that it takes it down to the wire in this group in a highly anticipated match in world cricket.

Hello, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live ball-by-ball commentary of this World T20 Group 2 encounter, between India and Australia. The toss is set for around 14:30 GMT, with the game getting underway at 15:00 GMT, weather permitting. Stick with us as we preview and build up to this hugely exciting game.