Australia levels series with emphatic eight-wicket win in second T20

 . Last updated on October 11, 2017, 11:56 AM
Australia levels series with emphatic eight-wicket win in second T20
Jason Behrendroff scalped the top order of India in the match to finish with four wickets for 21 runs.


The second T20 emerged as the series leveler after Australia notched the eight-wicket win over India in Guwahati. Team India was struck by Aussie bowler slogging the inning at a paltry score. India scored 118 batting first exhausting its wobbly batting line-up. In the next half, India defense was weak. There were only two wickets in the inning.

Australia played 15.3 overs to reach the target with a hefty partnership between Moises Henriques and Travis Head. Australia's change of strategy to being Jason Behrendorff to spearhead the attack brought palpable strength into the team. Also, a changed batting line-up promoting Henriques and Head became the crux of the batting prowess.

India witnessed a total collapse in the top order in the beginning of the inning. Australia won the toss and send it India to bat first. The team lost four wickets for just 27 runs. They were removed by Jason Behrendorff. Rohit Sharma smashed two boundaries in the first over of the bowler, after which, he was sent back off the pitch.

Kohli ducked, followed by Manish Pandey and Shikhar Dhawan. The only partnership in the match was from Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni. It brought 33 runs to Indian coffers. Jadhav played as the top scorer of the inning for 27 runs, followed by Hardik Pandya's 25. Dhoni and Jadhav were both toppled by Adam Zampa. It was Pandya's ending emphasis that hauled the score to read a triple digit figure.

In the start of the next inning, India bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took away David Warner and Aaron Finch respectively. The strike slogged Australia's chase to 13 for 2. But it was only two occasions that captain Virat Kohli could celebrate in the match. The third wicket partnership between Moises Henriques and Travis Head forged the score of 109. It went up to the winning stretch with both players remaining unbeaten in the match. Henriques scored 62 off 46 balls and Head added 48 off 34 balls. It was an emphatic victory for Australia.

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