The happiness of beating India in the T20 encounter at Guwahati diminished to some extent for the visitor Australia as its team bus reportedly got pelted with stones after the match.
Aussie cricketer Aaron Finch shared a picture of a broken glass pane on social media just before midnight yesterday, around the time the team left the Barsapara Cricket Stadium here, after beating India by eight wicket.
EARLIER Australia registered a thumping eight wicket victory to level the three-match T20I series against India at the Assam Cricket Association Stadium, Barsapara here today.Hosting its maiden international match in front of a 37,500 capacity crowd, India were completely outplayed in all departments of the game.
Chasing a low total, Australia were struck early by the dismissal of skipper David Warner (2). Warner trying to pull Jasprit Bumrah’s short pitched ball angling towards his body found Indian skipper Virat Kohli who took the catch calmly.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar joined the party soon by dismissing Aaron Finch (8). Kumar’s short ball pitched outside the off was hit straight to Kohli at cover again. The captain made absolutely no mistake to ensure that Australia are two wickets down for 13 runs on the board.
Despite the two early blows, Moises Henriques (62 n.o) and Travis Head (48 n.o) steered the ship home with some fine batting display.
Indian batsmen failed to live up to the expectations as the Australian bowlers took full advantage of the situation. On a slow outfield where runs were hard to come, Jason Behrendorff returned with splendid figures of 4 for 21 in his allotted four overs to restrict India to a total of 118.
Rohit Sharma (8) started the proceedings with a bang with a boundary on the first ball of the innings followed by another boundary in the third ball of the innings. However the excitement in the crowd witnessing the first international match in seven years was short lived as he was caught lbw off a Jason Behrendorff delivery.
Indian skipper Kohli who joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle too fell prey to a Behrendorff delivery before even opening his account. Kohli trying to flick across the line got a feather of an inside edge only to lob the ball for Behrendorff to claim the catch.
Behrendorff continued his fiery spell by picking up the wicket of Manish Pandey (6). The short of good length delivery found the outside edge of Pandey and wicketkeeper Tim Paine made no mistake in grabbing the catch.
Shikhar Dhawan’s chipped attempt over the in-field off a Behrendorff delivery was well caught by skipper Warner in mid-off. Warner who ran back for quite a distance judged it to perfection.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13) who was looking good in flow was stumped off a Adam Zampa delivery. Dhoni advancing on a length ball which spun away from him was stumped cleanly by Paine. Dhoni along with Kedar Jadhav put up a partnership of 33 runs for the fifth wicket.
Jadhav was bowled by Zampa for 27. The ball broke the wrong way before toppling the stumps.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1) was caught by Moises Henriques off a Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery. Trying to lift the ball behind, it could only manage to find the safe hands of Henriques in deep third man.
Hardik Pandya (25) was looking confident in the middle, however while launching a shot down the ground he was caught in long-off.