Australia registered an easy eight-wicket win at Guwahati to level the three-match T20I series 1-1. The third and final match in the series is scheduled to be played on October 13 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. The Stadium is set to host its first ever T20 international. The venue however has hosted five ODIs in the past out of which three have been won by the side that has batted first. So whichever team wins the toss in this game may likely want to bat first. India had a batting disaster right at the start of their innings in the last game. They kept on losing wickets to a point from where it became very difficult for them to move numbers on the scoreboard. Thanks to the brilliant performance by pace bowler Behrendorff, the Aussies pinned India to the mat early on in the game before their batsmen won the match for their side comfortably.
It was a different story that unfolded on Tuesday from what India expected. Jason Behrendorff (4/21) ripped through the high-profile Indian batting to bowl them out to a below-par 118, which the visitors chased down in just 15.3 overs. Virat Kohli departed for a duck after being caught by the left-arm pacer himself. Interestingly, it was Kohli’s first duck in T20I cricket. He is expected to make a strong comeback at Hyderabad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been very impressive since the start of the ODI series and he will be utilized for getting the early breakthroughs with the new ball. The spin pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will also be crucial to the team’s chances of winning the series.
Thanks to the impressive bowling by Jason Behrendorff, who took the wickets of the high-profile batting order of Rohit Sharma (8), Shikhar Dhawan (2) and Virat Kohli (0), Australia leveled the series 1-1. Aaron Finch will be the key man once again for Australia while Travis Head and Moises Henriques who managed a 109-run partnership in the last match will also be the ones to watch out for in the middle order. Behrendorff, along with Nathan Coulter-Nile will be the major threats for the Indian batting lineup.