India failed to maintain their winning momentum as they lost in the 2nd T20 against Australia in Guwahati. India’s star studded batting let them down as they were bundled out cheaply while Aussie bowler Jason Behrendorff was the star of the show.
As it happened:
Australia won the toss and chose to field as they wanted to chase in the night conditions. India’s start were baffled by Behrendorff as he scalped all the top four batters and made India tottering at 27 for 4. The hosts couldn’t recover from that early mugging and only managed to put up 118 before being bundled out in the final ball of their inning. Kuldeep Yadav, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya were the only fighters in bat for the men in blue.
Australia were two down early as both Indian pacers got one each but Moises Henriques and Travis Head steered the Kangaroo ship and took them over the line quite comfortably in the end with 27 balls to spare.
- India couldn’t handle Behrendorff:
India were bamboozled by Jason Behrendorff. His bowling was as troubling for the Indians as pronouncing his surname is. He rattled Indian batting and scalped all the top four as all of them failed to cross single digits. His pace was lethal and the disciplined bowling had no answer from the Indians. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma both were victims of his accurate bowling and that was pivotal for the Aussies to make inroads. The Western Australian was obviously the Man of the Match with a figure of 21/4 in his four overs.
- Indian Openers have been disappointing:
In both the matches, India’s openers haven’t even stayed for more than two overs. Rohit Sharma has given his wicket away in both the matches and that has been a real problem. Virat Kohli also has been out of touch a bit but it is the openers who need to give India a decent start.Embed from Getty Images
3. Karthik may get a game next match:
Dinesh Karthik was selected for the series but so far he hasn’t played. He may well be in the next game instead of either Manish Pandey or very remotely, MS Dhoni. Karthik is a decent batsman and along with that he is experienced as well. Pandey is a fantastic player but the team management may opt to go with the cool headed Karthik in the series deciding final match.