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10-Oct-2017 16:50:00 GMT
India v Australia, 2nd T20I, Guwahati

Clinical Australia trounce India to level series

Australia 122 for 5 (Henriques 62*, Head 48*) beat India 118 (Jadhav 27, Behrendorff 4-21, Zampa 2-19) by eight wickets

Guwahati: Moises Henriques and Travis Head squared off a eight-wicket win for Australia in their second T20I against India at Guwahati’s Barsapara stadium on Tuesday.

Australia were set a target of 119 to chase after India were taken apart by Jason Behrendorff and the rest of the Australian bowling line up.

This win helps Australia level the three match series 1-1 and sets up a decider of the third match.

Having bowled just one over on debut in Ranchi, Jason Behrendorff made the most of his full complement tonight, removing India's entire top four in the space of just 12 deliveries.

Afternoon rain and muggy temperatures created perfect conditions for the left-armer to exploit and he did so to finish with 4-21 from four overs, the third-best figures by an Australian in T20I cricket.

Most impressively of all was the fact that only one of his four wickets was due to a big shot from the batsman; the dismissals of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey would not have been out of place in ODI or Test cricket, the star Indian trio simply no match for Behrendorff's swing and nippy pace.

Having conceded two boundaries off the first three balls of the game, Behrendorff found his length to dismiss two of the best batsmen in the world in the space of three deliveries.

A textbook in-swinger trapped Rohit dead in front for eight before another in-swinger found a small inside edge from Kohli and the ball ballooned off his pad for the paceman to take a return catch.

With the IPL set to hold a 'mega auction' next year, such a stunning performance against two of the biggest names in the game would have put Behrendorff firmly on the radar of the cashed-up franchise owners.

One has been in the worst form drought of his short international career, the other is a popular whipping boy among Australian fans, but the two produced a match-sealing partnership for Australia to level the series.

After David Warner and Aaron Finch were dismissed early in the run chase, Travis Head and Moises Henriques added 109 to seal the victory with 27 balls remaining.

Henriques took advantage of a possible slice of luck when on just two - replays suggested he got a feather behind off Bhuvneshwar Kumar but the hosts decided against a review - as he and Head combined for nine fours and fives sixes as the tourists won by eight wickets.

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