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03-Feb-2012 12:02:00 GMT
Australia v India, 2nd Twenty20, Melbourne

Solid India Taste First Win of Tour, Thrash Oz by 8 Wkts

Melbourne: Fine batting by Gambhir (56*) and Kohli (31) guided India to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Australia in the second T20 international at the MCG on Friday.

Mitchell Marsh dismissed Virat Kohli to give Australia second breakthrough against India in the second T20 international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, who added 54 runs for the second wicket, steadied Indian run chase after losing Virender Sehwag.

Chasing 132, India lost their second wicket at the score of 97. India, who reached the score of 100 runs in 85 balls, were 71 after the end of 10 overs.

Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg gave Australia first breakthrough as he got rid of dangerous Virender Sehwag in the second T20 international. Sehwag gave an easy catch to Shaun Marsh straight at extra cover that too on a full toss.

Sehwag and Gambhir, who gave India steady start against Australia, added 43 runs for the first wicket in the second Twenty20 international.

Earlier, an agile India gave a good account of themselves in the field as they effected four run-outs to dismiss Australia for a modest 131 in the second Twenty20 international.

Aaron Finch was the top scorer for Australia with 36 while Matthew Wade made 32. Pacer Praveen Kumar and leg-spinner Rahul Sharma picked up two wickets each.

Australia, who kept losing their wickets at regular intervals, lost half of their side inside 95 runs in the second T20I.

All five frontline bowlers, Praveen Kumar (2 for 21), Vinay Kumar (2 for 25), Ravinder Jadeja (1 for 16), Rahul Sharma (2 for 29) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1 for 23) bowled well.

Matthew Wade, hero of the first Twenty20 game, came to bat at number six, made 32 before being the third batsman to be run out for 32.

Aaron Finch (36 off 23 balls), opening in place of Wade this time, made a strokeful knock before being run out at a critical time.

India bowled and fielded with enthusiasm and it all started after Praveen picked up two wickets in his second over.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni also rose to the occasion as he was quite electrifying behind the stumps and instrumental in few stumpings and catches behind the wickets.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who exhibited his fine fielding skills, struck with the ball as he caught and bowled Australia's David Hussey to give India crucial breakthrough in the second T20 international.

Rahul Sharma got rid of Mitchell Marsh with the help of brilliant work done behind the stumps by Indian skipper MS Dhoni.

Ravindra Jadeja's brilliant work on the field sent Australia's Aaron Finch and George Bailey back to the pavillion in the second Twenty20 international at the MCG.

Australia got off to a poor start as they lost David Warner and Shaun Marsh cheaply after skipper George Bailey won the toss and showed no hesitation in deciding to bat first against the beleaguered visitors.

Paceman Praveen Kumar dismissed David Warner and Shaun Marsh in the span of four deliveries to give Aussies early blows.

Australia made three changes in their playing eleven as Travis Birt, Dan Christian and James Faulkner made the way for Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Clint McKay.

India, on the other hand, retained the same team that lost the first Twenty20 match in Sydney on Wednesday.

Brief scores
131 (Finch 36, P Kumar 2-21)
India 2 for 135 (Gambhir 56*)
Result India beat Australia by eight wickets
MOM Ravindra Jadeja (India)

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