India and Australia battled in the second T20I at India’s 49th international cricket venue at ACA Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
Though rains were persistent, we got to have a full game. David Warner won the toss and decided to bowl on a previously unused pitch. India went in unchanged, while Australia brought in Marcus Stoinis in for Dan Christian.
Everyone wanted to see how the new pitch would behave, but the surprise element proved to be the swing in the air. Jason Behrendorff took full advantage of the situation and reduced India to 27/4 inside 5 overs. He removed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli with beautiful in swingers, while Pandey and Dhawan got out trying to hit out.
Kedar Jadhav looked good in the 27 runs he made, but got out to a rash shot off Zampa. MS Dhoni stepped out to Zampa and missed one that spun and got stumped. Hardik Pandya got India closer to 120, but gave the long off fielder an easy catch. India somehow managed to make 118 in 20 overs.
Every bowler got a wicket with Behrendorff producing the 3rd best figures for an Australian bowler in T20Is.
India had to pick wickets to even sniff victory and Kumar and Bumrah removed Warner and Finch for 13 runs on the board, but Travis Head and Moises Henriques stemmed the fall of wickets and after some cautious batting, opened their hands once the Indian spinners came on board.
Kuldeep Yadav came in for some special punishment along with Chahal and the dew didn’t help their cause, with the ball becoming difficult to grip for the two wrist spinners.
Both Head and Henriques ensured that India’s winning streak of 7 straight T20Is came to an end at Guwahati. Kuldeep Yadav had a really off day with 46 runs off his 4 overs.
The last and final T20I will be played at Hyderabad, which will decide the winner of the T20I series.
INDIA 118 (K JADHAV 27; J BEHRENDORFF 4/21) lost to AUSTRALIA 122/2 (M HENRIQUES 62*, T HEAD 48*) BY 8 WICKETS