Behrendorff, Henriques help Australia level T20I series

Visitor beat India by eight wicket to make it 1-1 with one match to go.

Tall pacer Jason Behrendroff and all-rounder Moises Henriques produced inspiring performances as Australia beat India by eight wickets in the second T20I in Guwahati on Tuesday to level three-match series 1-1.The day started with Kangaroos stand-in captain David Warner winnings the toss and opting to field first.

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His decision paid instant dividend as 27-year-old Behrendroff destroyed hosts top order to reduce the Men in Blue to 27-4 in the fifth over.All-rounder Kedar Jadhav and wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni put together 33 runs for the fifth-wicket partnership to establise the ship.

However, once Dhoni departed in the 10th over, India once again lost three wickets in quick succession for just 13 runs.Hard-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya tried his best to give some respectability to the total, but his efforts went in vein as hosts were eventually bowled out for 118 on the final delivery of the innings.

Jadhav finished the innings with the top score of 27 off 27 with the help of three fours and one six, whereas Pandya scored 25 off 23.

For Australia, Behrendroff finished with outstanding figures of 4-21 in his four overs, whereas leg-spinner Adam Zampa claimed two wickets.Chasing 119 to level the series, Austarlia’s start was dismal as well as both captain Warner and his opening partner Aaron Finch departed inside the first three overs at the score of 13.

However, a fantastic 109-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership between Henriques and Travis Head made sure Australia went over the line with nearly five overs to space.Henriques finished the innings with the top score 62 not out off 46 with the help of four fours and four sixes, whereas Head scored unbeaten 48 off 34 balls with the help of five boundaries and one maximum.

Behrendroff, who was playing only his second T20I, for his outstanding bowling performance, was awarded man of the match.

 

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