The second match at Guwahati saw Australia bowl on good bowling conditions dismissing the hosts for 118 and then chase down the target with ease, despite losing 2 quick wickets. India and Australia will take on each other in deciding match be held in Hyderabad.
Australian captain won the toss and invited India to bat. Rohit Sharma and captain Kohli were dismissed for 0 by Jason Behrend of in the very first over. Manish Pandey, Shikhar Dhawan could contribute much. After that Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni tried to steady the innings but lost wickets at regular intervals. Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav played good knocks which helped India go past 100. Team India was dismissed for 118 in 20 overs. Jadhav was the top scorer with 27 and Hardik Pandya scored 25.
India’s new ball bowler’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah got 2 early wickets of Warner, Finch. After that the Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal could not control the run flow. Hardik Pandya also failed to pick up wickets. Australian batsmen made 122 in 15.3 overs.
For Australia, Jason Behrendoff was the pick of bowlers taking 4 top order wickets and gave away 21 runs. Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter Nile also bowled with great control not allowing the Indian batsmen to score runs on a difficult pitch. While batting, Australia lost 2 quick wickets of Warner and Finch but the partnership of Henriques and Head ensured that visitors reached the target with ease.
The final and deciding match of the T20I series will take at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad tomorrow. It promises to be the exciting match. India might bring in KL Rahul replacing Manish Pandey in tomorrow’s match. Australia would be looking to play with positive intent and at least go home with T20I series.
The pitch at Hyderabad would be a good batting pitch. Both team batsmen would be looking to score runs and provide entertainment to the people. In the past few days, rain has been falling in Hyderabad, so chances of the reduced game might be a possibility.