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Behrendorff sets up convincing win for Australia

Travis Head played a handy unbeaten knock of 48 runs
Travis Head played a handy unbeaten knock of 48 runs

Australia 122-2 (Henriques 62no) beat
India 118 (Behrendorff 4-21) by eight wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Guwahati

Jason Behrendorff picked a four-wicket haul as Australia restricted India to 118 and later chased down the target with ease in 15.3 overs with eight wickets in hand to win the second Twenty20 International in Guwahati.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to field first on a pitch that looked a bit damp. Behrendorff (4-21) bowled the spell of the series that saw him remove Rohit Sharma (8), Shikhar Dhawan (2), Virat Kohli (0) and Manish Pandey (6) inside the first five overs.

India ended the powerplay with a score of 38 for four. The runs were hard to come by and the innings was going at barely six an over.

The innings dented further when Adam Zampa (2-19) had MS Dhoni (13) stumped and in his next over also had Kedhar Jadhav (27) castled while Nathan Coulter-Nile (1-23) accounted for Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1).

Late contributions down the order from Hardik Pandya (25) and Kuldeep Yadav (16) allowed India to make a brief recovery but Australia did well to bowl them out for 118 in the 20 overs. Behrendorff, who bowled his four overs on the trot and cleaned up the Indian top order was easily the pick of the Australian bowlers.

In the chase, Australia lost both the openers early with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-9) and Jasprit Bumrah (1-25) removing Aaron Finch (8) and David Warner (2) respectively.

Things could have turned worse for Australia had India reviewed a caught behind appeal in the fifth over against Moises Henriques (62 not out) with snicko showing a faint edge. With a six from Henriques, Australia ended the powerplay with a score of 34 for two.

The Indian spinners struggled to grip the ball under wet conditions as Henriques and Travis Head (48 not out) took full advantage of the situation. Yuzvendra Chahal (0-29) went wicketless but Kuldeep (0-46) with an economy of 11.50 released all the pressure as Henriques, who notched a fluent half-century and Head managed to take the team through in the 16th over with eight wickets in hand.

Behrendorff was awarded the player of the match for his splendid spell of bowling.

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