Australia level T20 series with emphatic win over India


The Men in Blue will come into this match with high confidence, following a domination in the ODI series, after which the hosts eased to a nine-wicket win in a rain-curtailed first T20 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex on Saturday.

The tourists did not get off to the best of starts as Warner (2) and fellow opener Aaron Finch (8) fell early to Australia on 13/2 after 2.5 overs.

Chasing a paltry 119, Australia initially got a taste of their own medicine from India's new ball pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be reduced to 13/2. And Dorff bowling there, taking four for in his first real spell.

Australia skipper David Warner won the toss and opted to bowl against India in the second Twenty20 global against India, here today. A lot hinges on Glenn Maxwell coming back to form. Head gave his senior partner able company with an unbeaten 48 (34b, 5x4, 1x6) to help Australia overhaul the target easily. He hit the first ball for a boundary as he guided a wide full toss past backward point. Hardik Pandya proved to be the missing link, India desperately wanted since the downslide of Irfan Pathan and he seems to repay their faith with solid performances with both bat and the ball.

The 27-year-old put on a fast bowling masterclass to inspire Australia to a dominant T20 victory over India in Guwahati. That tonic was provided by a young left-arm paceman by the name of Jason Behrendorff.The rookie speedster broke the back of India's batting in the very first over of the match as he first trapped Rohit Sharma in front of the wicket with a flawless in-swinger and then managed to induce an inside edge off skipper Virat Kohli's bat and caught the ball himself when it ricocheted off the thigh guard.

"It was hard for them as well, but after the dew set in, they got away", Kohli said. Behrendorff had inflicted the required damage in his opening over from which India failed to recover.

The question now is: can Australia push India enough in this penultimate game of the tour? He picked up the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey crushing India's top order in the powerplay overs. This virtually ended India's hope of constructing a big total.