The partnership: One has been in the worst form drought of his short worldwide 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.
David Warner, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Steve Smith, fell in the first over after hitting two boundaries off seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar but Australia seemed to have recovered through Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell. Perhaps it's too early to predict after one success in a T20 worldwide. India, who were put in to bat first, were bundled out for 118 as Australia's left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff ran through the Indian batting line-up scalping four wickets.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa kept the pressure up on the Indian middle order, picking up two for 19 in his four overs. So you know, Australian bowlers made the most of the wicket.
Talking about the form of the pitch, he said, "It was a tough wicket for batting".
"We tried our best to take an initial wicket".
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The 27-year-old Western Australia rep reduced India to 4/27 in the fifth over after getting rid of Manish Pandey and Shikhar Dhawan.
Playing only his second global match, the 27-year-old Behrendorff scythed through India's top order after Australia captain David Warner won the toss and chose to bowl. He bowled the ideal line and length and made good use of the conditions. "We can't really say we could have bowled the way we began", he concluded. The wicket was bit sticking to start with. "It was the flawless kind of wicket for the line and length he bowled", Bhuvneshwar said. "Rohit Sharma's wicket and Kohli's wicket were the crucial point for us, in the first over itself".
"That is something part of a strategy... what the captain is thinking, what he wants to do".
India and Australia will play the final match of the series at Hyderabad on October 13.
Chasing 48 in six overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, the hosts reached their target with three deliveries to spare after the loss of Rohit Sharma for 11.
Editorial team of CricketCountry.