Here is a win for India on the Australian soil at last. India defeated Australia in the second T20I and that ended a drought of 16 loses away from the home soil. The visitors looked in total control of the game right from the start and ended the game equally emphatically.
It was Praveen Kumar who started things for India. He took two wickets in third over of the Australian innings. He removed the dangerous David Warner and was responsible for the continuation of the bad patch of Shaun Marsh. Opener Aaron Finch however kept one end going.
He blasted 36 runsoff 23 balls with the help of six fours. However, he was lacking support at the other end and the partners were coming and going back as well. It was a spirited India and seemed as if the match was life and death for them. It was totally satisfying from the Indian point of view.
The spirit showed in the fielding and the proof is that out of the ten wickets, four were run outs. Ravindra Jadeja was involved in two of them. Moreover his tight line and length didn’t allow the Australians to score freely. He conceded only 16 runs off his 3 overs and took awicket too. This was enough to win him the man of the match award.
Australia were bowled out for 131 runs in 19.4 overs.
The Indian chase began on a cautious note. It looked as if they were determined not to make a mess of the small target. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag put on 43 runs before Sehwag was out to a full toss from Brad Hogg. He hit two fours and a six in his innings of 23 runs
Virat Kohli then joined him and steadied the innings further. Both put on 54 runs for the second wicket. Runs were coming by thick and fast and more importantly, without any risk. When India lost Kohli, M S Dhoni promoted himself in the batting order. India then needed just 30+ runs then.
In the meantime Gambhir reached his half-century. When Dhoni arrived at the crease, the scoring rate picked up. Gambhir however brought butterflies in the stomachs of the Indian fans as he played out three dot balls when India needed only one run to win. But on the fourth ball, he hit a boundary and sealed the match in India’s favor.