Australia level series with absolute team effort

India innings (toss: Australia, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma leg before wicket Behrendorff 8 (4) 2 0 200.00
S Dhawan caught Warner, bowled Behrendorff 2 (6) 0 0 33.33
V Kohli (c) caught and bowled Behrendorff 0 (2) 0 0 0.00
M Pandey caught Paine, bowled Behrendorff 6 (7) 1 0 85.71
K Jadhav bowled Zampa 27 (27) 3 1 100.00
MS Dhoni (wk) stumped Paine, bowled Zampa 13 (16) 1 0 81.25
H Pandya caught Christian (sub), bowled Stoinis 25 (23) 0 1 108.69
B Kumar caught Henriques, bowled Coulter-Nile 1 (6) 0 0 16.66
K Yadav caught Paine, bowled Tye 16 (19) 1 0 84.21
J Bumrah run out by Paine 7 (9) 1 0 77.77
Y Chahal not out 3 (2) 0 0 150.00
Extras: 10 (1 no-ball, 4 wides and 5 leg byes)
India’s total: 118/10 in 20 overs, at 5.90 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 8/1 (Rohit, 0.4), 8/2 (Kohli, 0.6), 16/3 (Pandey, 2.2), 27/4 (Dhawan, 4.3), 60/5 (Dhoni, 9.5), 67/6 (Jadhav, 11.1), 70/7 (Bhuvneshwar, 12.4), 103/8 (Pandya, 17.3), 115/9 (Bumrah, 19.3), and 118/10 (Kuldeep, 19.6)
Australia bowling
Bowlers Overs Dot balls Runs given Wickets Economy
J Behrendorff 4 17 21 4 5.25
N Coulter-Nile 4 12 23 1 5.75
A Tye 4 9 30 1 7.50
A Zampa 4 11 19 2 4.75
M Stoinis 4 10 20 1 5.00
Australia innings (target: 119 runs in 20 overs, at 5.95 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
A Finch caught Kohli, bowled Bhuvneshwar 8 (8) 1 0 100.00
D Warner caught Kohli, bowled Bumrah 2 (5) 0 0 40.00
M Henriques not out 62 (46) 4 4 134.78
T Head not out 48 (34) 5 1 141.17
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, and Andrew Tye
Extras: 2 (2 wides)
AUS’s total: 122/2 in 15.3 overs, at 7.87 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 11/1 (Warner, 1.3) and 13/2 (Finch, 2.5)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Dot balls Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 3 13 9 1 3.00
J Bumrah 3 8 25 1 8.33
H Pandya 2 6 13 0 6.50
K Yadav 4 5 46 0 11.50
Y Chahal 3.3 7 29 0 8.29

Match report: India vs Australia 2nd T20

The three-T20I series between India and Australia is level 1-1 after two matches, with David Warner and co. winning the 2nd T20 International by eight wickets. Jason Behrendorff, for taking 4/21 in four overs and setting up the victory for his team, was awarded the man-of-the-match. By way of this victory, Australia have brought an end to India’s seven-match winning run in T20Is over them and also registered their first T20I victory on Indian soil.

Chasing only 119, Australia cantered to the target in 15.3 overs, with Moises Henriques and Travis Head putting on an unbeaten 109-run partnership for the third wicket and taking their team to an eight-wicket, series-levelling victory. Henriques finished unbeaten on 62 off 46 balls, his innings punctuated by four fours and four sixes, and he was given good company by Head, who finished two short of a half-century (finishing with a 34-ball 48, 5×4 and 1×6). Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India the vital wickets of David Warner and Aaron Finch, who fell to length deliveries that bounced more than they expected and miscued their attempted pull and cut, spooning easy catches to Virat Kohli fielding at cover.

At 13/2 inside three overs, one wondered if India might be able to do to Australia what Jason Behrendorff and co. did to the Indian batsmen. But they, needless to say, had to keep taking wickets, and probably needed reckless batting from Australia to get back into the match. But, with the poised Henriques being promoted to No. 3 in the batting line-up and Head at No. 4 complementing this New South Wales batsman’s sedate style of play, the Australian innings prospered soon after these two came to the crease. A straight drive off Bumrah and a flick off his hips from Head a couple of balls later, both for fours in the fourth over of the innings, provided impetus to the visitors, who didn’t look back thereafter.

In trying to take wickets, the Indian bowlers struggled for consistency in their lines and lengths and Henriques and Head put away the many loose deliveries that were on offer from all the Indian bowlers apart from Bhuvneshwar. The two wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, struggled to grip a wet ball because of the dew, and whenever they erred in their lengths by either being too full or too short, the Henriques-Head duo punished them severely.

Henriques played the kind of innings that he so often has for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Batting at No. 3, he walked into a situation that was ideal for him, but conspicuously, he also didn’t hold back if a ball was in his zone and he could hit it for a four or a six. Three of his four sixes came square of the wicket on the on-side, as he comfortably pulled in front of and behind square, while he also showed finesse and touch by caressing the ball for four fours. He brought up his second T20I half-century with a six off Kuldeep, getting to the landmark in 42 balls.

Head helped Henriques out early on by stroking a couple of fours against Bumrah. Australia were in a bit of a trouble after losing their openers and needed a few fours to transfer the pressure back on to India. Head, with his clean striking, did manage to score quick runs and maintained a good tempo throughout his innings. After an underwhelming tour with the bat until this point, Head will have gathered plenty of confidence from this innings.

Jason Behrendorff set the tone for an eventual Australian win by bowling an electrifying spell in which cleaned up the entire Indian top order. Opening the bowling for the visitors after David Warner had won the toss and chosen to bowl first, this tall, left-arm Western Australian quick thrived on a pitch that was lively, had a bit of moisture underneath and hence bowler-friendly. With lateral movement on offer for Behrendorff in particular, the Indian batsmen were made to look ordinary in conditions that you can say were foreign to them. The home team were also burdened by having to remain on the lookout for runs because they were batting first, the powerplay phase is only for six overs and you anyway don’t have time in a T20 match to get your eye in.

But take nothing away from Behrendorff who, after delivering a couple of loose deliveries which were put away for fours by Rohit Sharma in the first over, bowled immaculate lines and lengths, moved the ball both ways and subsequently enjoyed rich rewards. He dismissed Rohit on the fifth ball of the match with a ball that straightened after pitching and wrapped this right-hander plumb in front of the stumps. It was a terrific comeback from Behrendorff after being struck for two fours. Then, a couple of balls later, a similar delivery got him the prized scalp of Virat Kohli, who inside-edged the ball onto his pads and Behrendorff, on his follow-through, caught and bowled the Indian skipper for a second-ball duck. India, with two of their premier batsmen dismissed at the end of the first over and being 8/2, were off to a really poor start.

Behrendorff bowled his four overs on the trot and barring his last over (the seventh of the innings), overs one, two (third of the innings) and three (fifth of the innings) produced big wickets. Manish Pandey, who walked into bat in the second over and had a great opportunity to justify his place in the team and prove he’s the ideal No. 4 for the national side, was found out outside his off-stump, nicking behind an outswinger from Behrendorff, who single-handedly reduced India to 16/3 in the third over. He wasn’t done yet and added Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket with the India’s score on 27, to his tally. Trying to hit a length delivery on the up, this left-hander was only able to get elevation and fielding at mid-off, a back-pedalling David Warner safely held on to an unlikely catch. Australia suddenly had everything going their way, with India, on the other hand, out of place. Their three key top-order batsmen were back in the pavilion inside five overs. Behrendorff finished with impressive figures of 4-17-21-4.

The Indian innings didn’t recover a great deal after being rocked early. Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni put together 33 runs for the fifth wicket, and later, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya put on the same number of runs for the eighth wicket. And not only were these insubstantial partnerships but also, the likes of Jadhav and Pandya weren’t helped by the match situation that demanded them to play within themselves. As a result, they were unable to change the course of the match. Jadhav got out playing a horrible shot against Adam Zampa, who outfoxed this Maharashtra batsman with a googly, having top-scored for the home team with a run-a-ball 27. Just seven balls after MS Dhoni had been dismissed, Jadhav played this rash shot to invite more trouble for India, who were now 67/6.

All the Australian bowlers harnessed the helpful conditions and put their team in a winning position by bowling India out for 118 in 20 overs. Zampa bowled an impressive spell of leg-spin, taking the wickets of Dhoni and Jadhav and finishing with 2/19. Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/23), Andrew Tye (1/30) and Marcus Stoinis (1/20), who had replaced Daniel Christian in the playing XI, took a wicket apiece and bowled economical spells, not allowing the already under-pressure Indian batsmen off the hook.

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