India v Australia, 2nd T20I – Australia Player Ratings

The series now stands leveled 1-1 with one more game to play.

Jason Behrendorff Australian bowler
Jason Behrendorff. (Photo Source: Twitter)

A thoroughly clinical performance from the team Australia saw the ongoing T20I get leveled at 1-1 after the Guwahati encounter. Team India took on the visitors at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati – the 49th international venue in India. Coming in to the game, the Indian team had a lead of 1-0 and hoped to seal the series with a win in this particular game.

However, the fighting spirit of the Australians was on display as they outplayed the hosts in all departments of the game on the day. Now, the final game of the series will be a series decider. In the match, Australia won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision turned out to be dead right as Jason Behrendorff bowled one of the finest spells in T20Is for Australia.

He ran through the Indian top order to reduce them to 16/3 at one stage. The innings never recovered and somehow managed to crawl to a total of 118. In the run chase, Indian seamers managed to dismiss David Warner and Aaron Finch cheaply. But an unbeaten stand between Travis Head and Moises Henriques saw the visitors home with 8 wickets in hand.

Here are the team Australia Player Ratings for the match:

David Warner – 5/10

Australian skipper David Warner had an ordinary time with the bat in the match. He was dismissed cheaply on 2 by Jasprit Bumrah in the very second over of the run chase. However, Warner was to the point with his captaincy in the game. He took some bold decisions, almost all of which paid off on the day. He let Behrendorff finish off his spell on a trot and later used Adam Zampa to perfection in the Indian innings.

Aaron Finch – 3/10

Much like his opening partner, Aaron Finch also had a very quiet time with the bat on the day. He was the second batsman to be dismissed and managed a single digit score to his name. In the field, he was impressive. He made a brilliant save on the boundary ropes to save a certain boundary in the early stages of the game.

Moises Henriques – 9/10

Australia played a masterstroke by not sending the much fancied Glenn Maxwell at number 3. They went with the experience Moises Henriques and that paid off really well. Henriques hit an unbeaten fifty in the game to steer the Aussies home. He targeted the Indian spinners to perfection to anchor the run chase. He remained unbeaten on 62 that came off just 46 deliveries with 4 fours and as many sixes.

Travis Head – 8.5/10

Travis Head had a rough time during the tour prior to this game. He has been a renowned run scorer in the past for the Australian side. However, his consistency was under the scanner in this particular tour. He pretty much silenced all critics with an unbeaten knock in the game. He stitched an unbeaten stand of 109 runs for the third wicket with Henriques. He scored 48 off 34 balls with five boundaries and a six.

Glenn Maxwell – 3/10

Glenn Maxwell did not have a big role to play in this particular game. His services with the bat were not needed by the team. In the field, he made a couple of handy saves and some extravagant jumps to make his presence felt.

Marcus Stoinis – 6/10

Marcus Stoinis was up to the mark with his bowling skills in the match. He bowled his complete quota of four overs and yielded only 20 runs. Much like every other Aussie bowler, Stoinis also choked up the Indian batting run flow. He also scalped the big wicket of Hardik Pandya towards the end overs when Pandya was threatening to go big.

Adam Zampa – 8/10

If there has been an Australian bowler who has been under some serious pressure in the series, then it has been Adam Zampa. Zampa was at the receiving end of all criticism for not being effective enough in the series thus far. In this game, he seemed to have got all boxes ticked. He took two big wickets on two contrasting deliveries. A classical leg spinner saw him get the big fish MS Dhoni. And it was a wrong ‘un that caused the departure of Kedar Jadhav.

Tim Paine – 7/10

Australia seem to have had their wicketkeeping woes sorted in the shorter format. Tim Paine did a very reasonable job behind the stumps in this game as well. He took a very good collection to complete the stumping of MS Dhoni off the bowling of Adam Zampa. He also took a couple of catches in the innings and lastly ran out Jasprit Bumrah with a direct hit.

Andrew Tye – 3/10

On a day when the Australian bowlers made merry, Andrew Tye was the only exception who leaked runs at an economy of over 6 in the innings. He gave away 30 runs in his complete quota of 4 overs. Also, he looked ineffective in comparison to the other bowlers. However, he did manage to take the wicket of Kuldeep Yadav towards the end overs.

Nathan Coulter-Nile – 5/10

Nathan Coulter-Nile’s impressive run on the tour continued with yet another clinical bowling performance. Albeit he did not take a wicket with the new ball, he managed to create pressure by bowling tight lines. In the four overs that he bowled, he returned with figures of 1/23. He is certainly a big plus for the team Australia.

Jason Behrendorff – 9.5/10

Jason Behrendorff had the time of his life during his spell with the new ball. Such immaculate was his precision that the captain let him finish off his quota of four overs in a row. He bowled as many as 17 dot balls in his quota of four overs. He gave away only 21 runs and scalped four precious wickets. He started off by dismissing Rohit Sharma with a brilliant in-swinger.

He then managed to get the better off Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Soon, he accounted for the dismissal of Manish Pandey by managing to take a faint edge off his bat. Lastly, he made Shikhar Dhawan hit a lofted shot and that summed up his four-fer in the game.

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