Aus­tralia beats In­dia and lev­els T20 se­ries

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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

Photo: AP

Lionel Messi, left, de­liv­ered when it mat­tered most, sin­gle-hand­edly lead­ing Ar­gentina to the next foot­ball World Cup in Rus­sia, scor­ing a hat trick as Ar­gentina de­feated Ecuador 3-1 on Tues­day in the thin air of Quito.

Photo: AP

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.

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