Australia beats India and levels T20 series
AUSTRALIA swept to an eightwicket victory over India in their second Twenty20 on Tuesday, after Moises Henriques and Travis Head piled on an unbeaten 109-run partnership for the second wicket to level the three-match series.
Australia needed only 15.3 overs to reach 122-2 in reply, after Jason Behrendorff had taken a careerbest 4-21 to bowl out the hosts for 118 runs. Adam Zampa took two wickets for 19 runs.
Henriques scored 62 off 46 balls, including four fours and four sixes, while Head made 48 with the help of five fours and a six.
A rock was thrown at Australia’s team bus, smashing a window, after the match. Players and staff were traveling back to the hotel from the Barsapara Stadium, when the bus was hit.
Batsman Aaron Finch tweeted a photograph of the broken window, saying: “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window.” Cricket Australia said no one was injured, but the players were “shaken up by the incident.”
It was Australia’s first win in eight T20 games against India ahead of series decider in Hyderabad on Friday.
“Jason has got the height and bounce, he comes from Perth and has the right attitude, which is key. Zampa was fantastic as well. Henriques came and showed his experience. Hopefully the crowd gets behind us in Hyderabad,” David Warner said.
Warner (2) and Finch (8) fell early in the chase as Australia was reduced to 13-2 in the third over, with Jasprit Bumrah (1-25) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-9) respectively taking the wickets.
But India’s hopes of defending a small target were dashed as their spinners, Kuldeep Yadav (0-46) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0-29), struggled in dewy conditions.
Henriques and Head were watchful early on, but opened up later in the innings to put on 50 runs off just 41 balls, and then bring up the 100 partnership off 73 deliveries.
Earlier, Behrendorff took three wickets in the space of eight balls.
Behrendorff trapped Rohit Sharma (8) lbw and then caught a return catch off Virat Kohli (0) as the duo fell in the space of three balls in the first over. It was Kohli’s first duck in international T20 cricket.
Behrendorff ’s figures were the best for Australia against India in T20 cricket. He improved on Nathan Bracken’s 3-11 at Melbourne in 2008. – AP
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Moises Henriques, right, hugs his teammate Travis Head after the pair combined to give Australia a series-levelling victory in the second Twenty20 match against India in Gauhati on Tuesday.