Australia came into the second T20 match needing to win in order to keep the 3 match series alive. The Aussies were under pressure as former players lashed out at the current Australia side and questioned their fighting spirit and body language.
Behrendorff Sets Guwahati On Fire
That criticism might have touched a raw nerve as the Aussies looked a completely different team on Tuesday. This was the first time a T20 match was being played in Guwahati, Assam and Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first.
The Indians did not have a lot of experience facing J Behrendorff and they had no answers to left armer who exploited the conditions well and bowled his four overs on the trot. India got Behrendorff during those four overs as he struck repeatedly and finished with figures of 4-21. He took the heart out of the Indian batting line-up and wickets kept falling regularly at the other end. India struggled to reach 118 in their 20 overs and it was a total well below par.
India started well as they got Warner and Finch in quick succession but T Head and M Henriques made sure that no more wickets fell. They handled the wrist spinners very well and chased down the total in 15.2 overs to help Australia level the series 1-1. The third and final T20 is now a must win for both sides as the winner will take the trophy.
Kohli Not Happy With Batting
In a post-match statement, captain Virat Kohli said “Not the performance we wished for. Australia were much better on the day. I don’t think we were good enough with the bat. Behrendorff was pretty good. He bowled in good areas, he was pretty tight, credit to him, getting wickets with the new ball and they built on that very well”.
Captain David Warner was very happy with the win and knows that his side must play with the same aggression during the third and final T20. Former opening batsman Virender Sehwag had earlier accused the Australians of being passive on the field as they did not want to go hard at the Indians as it would jeopardize their IPL contracts.
Warner made it clear before the match that his team would play aggressively and he showed that when he took a spectacular catch to dismiss S Dhawan. The third T20 takes place on October 13 in Hyderabad and one can expect fireworks as both teams will go hard at each other.