Behren­dorff gangs up on In­dia in Guwa­hati

Left-arm seamer picks up four as Aus­tralia cruise to eight-wicket win

Sport360 - - Cricket - By Faisal Kamal @ka­mal­fais edi­to­rial@sport360.com

Aus­tralia skip­per David Warner hailed Ja­son Behren­dorff after the left-arm quick powered Aus­tralia to an eight-wicket se­ries-lev­el­ling win over In­dia in the sec­ond Twenty20 in Guwa­hati last night.

Behren­dorff, play­ing his sec­ond match after mak­ing his de­but in Ranchi last week, claimed four wick­ets to bowl out In­dia for 118 be­fore the vis­i­tors chased down the to­tal with 27 balls to spare.

Moises Hen­riques, who hit 62 after be­ing pro­moted to num­ber three, and Travis Head, who made 48, put to­gether an un­beaten 109-run part­ner­ship to keep the three-match se­ries alive.

“Credit to our bowlers, they took early wick­ets. And ob­vi­ously Dorff bowl­ing there and tak­ing four for in his first real spell for us was fan­tas­tic,” Warner said.

“He has got the height, the bounce and a bit of swing. He has got right at­ti­tude which is key,” Warner added.

Aus­tralia lost a cou­ple of early wick­ets in­clud­ing Warner for two, but the 119-run tar­get proved too lit­tle for the In­dian bowlers to put pres­sure on the new bats­men.

Hen­riques hit four fours and four sixes dur­ing his 46-ball knock while Head at­tacked the In­dian wrist spin­ners with good foot­work.

“Send­ing Hen­riques early was some­thing I spoke about. He’s been ef­fec­tive with Sun­ris­ers (Hy­der­abad) as well, and he came and showed his ex­pe­ri­ence,” Warner said of his IPL team-mate.

“In the be­gin­ning, the pitch was soft­ish, quite like an English wicket. But if you got through the new ball, you could score,” he said of the Barsapara Sat­dium that hosted its first in­ter­na­tional game.

But it was Behren­dorff ’s left-arm pace that set up the match for Aus­tralia after the lanky bowler re­turned im­pres­sive fig­ures of 4-21.

The 27-year-old rat­tled the In­dian top-or­der, re­duc­ing them to 27-4 after get­ting opener Ro­hit Sharma and skip­per Vi­rat Kohli, for nought, in the first over of the in­nings. Kedar Jadhav and Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni, who made 13, then tried to stem the rot dur­ing their 33-run part­ner­ship but leg-spin­ner Adam Zampa broke through the duo’s de­fences.

Zampa got Dhoni stumped on a clas­sic leg-spin­ner and then bowled Jadhav with the goo­gly.

Hardik Pandya hit a 23-ball 25 to take In­dia past the 100-run mark, which had seemed tough at 70-7, but the all-rounder’s dis­missal saw the in­nings fold on the last ball.

Pace­men Nathan Coul­ter-Nile, An­dre Tye and Mar­cus Stoi­nis took a wicket each.

“Not the per­for­mance we wished for. Aus­tralia were much bet­ter on the day. We were not good enough with the bat,” said cap­tain Kohli after the match.

“I thought the ball to Ro­hit was very good. His( Ja­son) line and length was very tight. He made us think. Credit to him for hit­ting the right ar­eas. He def­i­nitely had a top class day to­day.”

Left is right: South­paw quick Ja­son Behren­dorff took the top four In­dian wick­ets in Guwa­hati.

Sur­prise pack­age: Hen­riques was pro­moted up the or­der and hit 62.

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