T-20 is a different cup of tea and the experience of seniors play a vital role in winning the shortest form of the game. India under Virat Kohli were complacent and that backfired the team at the end in Guwahati. Twenty-20 game needs physical fitness, good fielding and clever captaincy. Australian team under David Warner played a calculated game and squared the series. It was a total team performance. Securing the first game by D/L method, Indian team failed to contain stroke filled Australian side and surrendered the early lead. Rookie pacer Jason Behrendorff’s 4 for 21 caused a major collapse and the home team never recovered from the shock.
Captain Virat Kohli got out for a duck for the first time in a Twenty-20 International match. Top order weakness came in open and in the absence of Ashwin or Jadeja, the team could not recover with a late order batting. And, in their absence, the two spinners – Chahal and K. Yadav leaked 75 runs in 7.3 overs and failed to defend the small total and trounced in 15.3 overs. After early loss of openers, Australia were helped by Travis Head (48) and Moises Henriques (62) with a century stand and made a match of it. Behrendorff with heroic spell with the ball won the man of the match and the final match at Hyderabad evinced keen interest as a key game for both the sides.
The first T20 win of team India over Australia was seven consecutive win for men-in-blue against Kangaroo team. Currently, Virat Kohli led India is at the 5th spot in the ICC T20 ranking, but if they would have won the second T20, then they would have come to a step closer to claiming the second spot. But, Virat Kohli’s squad did not manage to whitewash Aussie team in the series. In the second T20 match, Virat Kohli’s boys were needed to repeat the performance of the first match.
Team India lost the one off T-20 International in West Indies and hence lagging behind four teams in T-20. In that match Evin Lewis stroked an unbeaten 125 off 62 balls with as many as 12 sixes and 6 fours as the reigning World T20 champions knocked off the runs in just 18.3 overs. This time round driving on Jason Behrendorff and Moises Henriques, David Warner led Australia team comfortably defeated team India by 8 wickets in the 2nd T20 match of the three-match series in Guwahati.
The only team that has beat India in all their T20 internationals played against is none other than New Zealand, undoubtedly the dark horses of world cricket. Our over confidence has let the team down in recent times. We lost Champions Trophy final to Pakistan in England and lost an One Day game also in West Indies as we could not chase a total of 189. This is causing some doubt in the minds of people that the stardom of the team is established only at home and it could do much on overseas tours except Sri Lanka and West Indies in recent times.
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