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Ind vs Aus 2017 Credit To Our Bowlers For The Win said David Warner
David Warner and Steven Smith. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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India Vs Australia 2017 – Credit To Our Bowlers For The Win: David Warner

It was better late than never for Australia at Guwahati as the David Warner led outfit put up an impeccable performance to clinch the second T20I with eight wickets. On the back of some sensational good old swing bowling from left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff, Australia managed to keep the series alive and now head to Hyderabad for the decider.

 

The Kangaroos were all over India right from the very first over of the game as Behrendorff sent back Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli right at the start to peg India back. The brittle Indian middle order once again failed to show up as the likes of Manish Pandey, and MS Dhoni seemed vulnerable in the middle.

 

Despite a gutsy knock from first Kedar Jadhav and later Hardik Pandya, 118 was never a total sizeable enough to challenge Australia. Probably this is why Australia got home with over four overs left despite losing their openers quickly.

 

Post the win, skipper David Warner was delighted and lauded his team for an excellent performance.

“It feels great. As I said, bowl well and start well. Jason has got the height and bounce, he comes from Perth and has the right attitude, which is key. Zampa was fantastic as well. Sending Henriques early was something I spoke out,” said Warner.

 

“He’s been effective with Sunrisers as well, and he came and showed his experience. In the beginning, the pitch was softish, quite like an English wicket. But if you got through the new ball, you could score. Hopefully the crowd gets behind us in Hyderabad,” the southpaw added.

 

Jason Behrendorff Delighted by Match Winning Performance
Jason Behrendorff Delighted by Match Winning Performance
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India Vs Australia 2017 – Jason Behrendorff Delighted After Match Winning Performance

With such a gruelling tour underway where the results were far from going Australia’s way, the Kangaroos desperately needed some inspiration to hit back at India and come out with a win. That is precisely what the inclusion of Jason Behrendorff did as the left arm pacer wrecked havoc on a deck that remained extremely difficult for batting in the ongoing India vs Australia T20I series.

 

The lanky left-arm pacer sent back India’s destructive duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli right in the first over of the game as India were put on the backfoot. Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey followed suit, and at 27-4, India were already down and out. Getting to just 118, India somehow staged a recovery thanks to some solidity shown by the stand between Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya.

 

Needing 119, Australia did lose their openers early, but Moises Henriques, batting at 3 stood out with a steady half-century. Taking Kuldeep Yadav head-on, Henriques eliminated his side’s biggest threat with ease.

 

Jason Behrendorff was named the Man of the Match, and he was delighted with his spell.

“It’s not too often I get in front of the cameras, so I need to work on that. Nice to get one over in the last game but the experience was good nonetheless,” Behrendorff said.

“I have been working hard to play for Australia and am loving every minute of it. The whole Indian team is a class team and feels nice to take a few wickets and get ourselves to a great start. Can’t wait to do it again at Hyderabad.”

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Virat Kohli
Kohli lost first T20I vs Australia
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India Vs Australia 2017: Not The Performance We Wished For – Virat Kohli

You cannot expect a team to win a T20I encounter if it posts a target of just 119. Of course, there are some exceptions, but more often than not in such a case, it is the chasing team which ends up winning. For India, the game at Guwahati was such a case as batsmen capitulated with the bat to set a base for Australia.

 

Jason Behrendorff bowled one of the finest spells in T20 cricket off late, as his conventional left-arm pace posed plenty of challenges for the men in blue. After rattling the top four with just 27 on board, India did well to get to 118 eventually as Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav were the mainstays with the bat. Kedar Jadhav too contributed with a steady knock but couldn’t make it count.

 

Australia had no hesitation in chasing down the total despite losing the openers and on the back of Moises Henriques’ half-century, got home with over four overs to spare. Post the loss, Virat Kohli mentioned that the performance indeed wasn’t what he wished.

 

“Not the performance we wished for,” said Kohli. “Australia were much better on the day. We were not good enough with the bat. After the dew set in, it was very difficult to control the game. It is the attitude that matters the most.”

 

“As a batsman you have two skills, one with the bat and the other on the field. Indeed, I thought the ball to Rohit was very good. His line and length was very tight. Then they build onto that. Credit to him fo hitting the right areas. He definitely had a top class day today,” Kohli further added.

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India Vs Australia 2017 – Video: MS Dhoni Stumped As Adam Zampa Outclasses

MS Dhoni is often known for outfoxing the batsman and inflicting a rapid stumping. That has been the trend throughout his career as being a wicketkeeper; he holds the record for the most number of stumpings in ODI’s. However, the former Indian skipper was at the receiving end as he was completely outclassed by Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa.

 

India initially were rocked early, thanks to a sensational spell from Jason Behrendorff. The left arm pacer made an absolute mockery of the Indian top order as he ravaged the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. India were left reeling for 27-4 when Dhoni came in, and the Western Australian pacer was in the middle of an outstanding spell.

 

Dhoni along with Kedar Jadhav did begin a little slowly but did manage to inflict a bit of a recovery. When Zampa came in, Dhoni looked to be aggressive as the veteran was in the mood to boss the spinner right from the offset.

 

In the tenth over, Dhoni stepped out of his crease on nearly all deliveries in a bid to get some tactical edge over the leg-spinner. However, on the fifth delivery, the ball bounced and spun viciously which caught Dhoni off guard as he jumped down the track.

 

Tim Paine did the rest by taking the bails off, and Dhoni was on his way back to the pavilion. Below, is the video of Dhoni’s dismissal.

https://twitter.com/84107010ghwj/status/917758615745912832

Ind vs Aus 2017 Credit To Our Bowlers For The Win said David Warner
David Warner and Steven Smith. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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IND vs AUS 2017, 2nd T20I: We Need to be More Responsible – David Warner

Across their tour of India, the Australian batsmen have resembled fishes outside the water. Throughout the five ODI’s, batting collapses were a common sight, as the Indian wrist spinners ruled the roost in the all-important middle-overs.

Thus, due to the colossal failure of the middle-order, Australia struggled in nearly every game of the tour. A knowledging Australia’s woes across the tour were the team’s stand-in captain for the T20I series, David Warner. In the pre-match conference ahead of the second T20I in Guwahati, Warner felt the batsmen needed to be far more responsible than what they were.

Australia’s record in their recent overseas ODI’s spark no confidence, as the Kangaroos were winless in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England. Not to forget, the Steven Smith-led outfit was even whitewashed 5-0 in South Africa last year.

“I think if you ask each individual, you have a sense of responsibility no matter what. It’s not just me It’s not just me but everyone, who puts that captain’s cap on. You’ve got a responsibility, you’ve got to lead your troops. It’s great fun, we enjoy it, but I enjoy going out there and winning games for my country and whichever team I’m in front of. And if I’m leading it, I’m doing the best of my ability, even more than you normally would just to get the guys in the right direction as a leader.”

“We have to play like the way we know, and that’s the brand of cricket we bring to the table. You can’t worry about is a collapse going to happen. No one is worried about that at all. We have to keep backing ourselves 100 per cent. We know that when we do well, we do very, very well,” Warner added.

The southpaw concluded by mentioning that Australia would look to win the second game.

“We try to win every game if possible. Just getting a victory over here — it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be challenging. You have to play to the best of your ability. If you give India a sniff on home soil or even away, or any team for that matter, they’re going to pounce, aren’t they? You have to be at your best to beat an opposition in their country. Got a lot to play.”

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IND vs AUS 2017, 2nd T20I – India’s Predicted XI

If you thought that a change in the format would perhaps bring a change in Australia’s approach to their ongoing tour of India, then you were bound to be mistaken.

The game in Ranchi which India comprehensively won, followed a precise trend from the ODI series, as Australia’s batting lost early wickets and then wilted against the Indian wrist spinners. There is a clear case of the team being overly dependent on the starts of David Warner, and now that he is being timed and again outfoxed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Australia found themselves in a rut. To add to that, the brilliance of Kuldeep Yadav has been top notch, as countering him has been a task too tough for the Kangaroos.

With Guwahati set to make its debut from the T20I front, India will be eager to wrap up the series right here itself. Below, we have a look the predicted Indian XI for the second T20I of the series.

 

  1. Rohit Sharma:
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Rohit Sharma. Image Courtesy: BCCI

In India’s six-over chase, Sharma did his job, as he got the team off to a flying start with a boundary and a six over fine leg. However, looking to score big, he was castled by Nathan Coulter Nile. Nevertheless, with Sharma now getting the comfort of entire innings, he looks certain to play a big knock soon.

 

  1. Shikhar Dhawan:
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Shikhar Dhawan. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Dhawan marked a successful comeback to the T20I side, as he remained unbeaten till the end and played a couple of eye-catching shots. During his comeback innings, the southpaw looked quite comfortable, and it didn’t seem he missed the entire ODI series.

 

  1. Virat Kohli (c):

IND vs AUS 2017, 2nd T20I - India's Predicted XI 3Skipper Virat Kohli was on the spine of the run-chase, as he finished off the game with a boundary over covers. Knowing his aura as a T20 batsman, and his mind-boggling numbers, fans are expecting Kohli to dish out his supreme masterclass against his favourite opponents.

 

  1. Manish Pandey:
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Photo Credit: BCCI

Having done well in the ODI series, Pandey now has another opportunity to impress the selectors in the T20I series. With just two games left in the series, Pandey should make every opportunity count, as the competition for that number four slot remains tight even now.

 

  1. MS Dhoni (wk):
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After the half-century against Australia, MS Dhoni also completed his hundred of international half-centuries. Photo Credit: AFP.

Ideally, Dhoni should bat at number five, as this position seems perfect for him to finish in his glorious style. If the top-order does well without losing too many wickets, then Dhoni can easily be promoted up the batting order as per the situation.

 

  1. Kedar Jadhav:
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Kedar Jadhav. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Pretty much like the case of Manish Pandey, opportunities are limited for India’s finisher, Kedar Jadhav. Whichever opportunity comes his way, Jadhav needs to make it count and being a finisher in the shortest form of the game; he is expected to get going right from the very offset.

 

  1. Hardik Pandya:
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Hardik Pandya. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Hardik Pandya impressed once again in the game in Ranchi, as he picked up a wicket and came back strongly after being taken apart by Aaron Finch easily. Bowling in T20’s isn’t the easiest of tasks, but Pandya is improving with every passing outing. From the batting front, one cannot rule out the prospects of him batting at number four.

 

  1. Kuldeep Yadav:
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Kuldeep Yadav. Image Courtesy: BCCI

The Man of the Match of the first game will be eager to carry on his good work in Guwahati as well. Kuldeep spun a web around the Aussie batsmen, as he flummoxed them with his guile and deception. His wrong-one against the right-handers is quite lethal, and his wicket-taking skills remain top notch.

 

  1. Yuzvendra Chahal:
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In the first ODI at Chepauk, Kuldeep-Chahal shared five wickets after conceding 63 runs in nine overs. Photo Credit: AFP.

Like Kuldeep, Chahal too had a memorable outing in Ranchi, as the two wrist spinners hunted as a pair. Chahal will be keen on improving as a spinner, and personally, for him, T20’s remain his strongest forte as a wicket-taking bowler.

 

  1. Jasprit Bumrah:
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Photo Credit: BCCI.

Bumrah is a class apart for the Men in Blue, as with him around, the opposing batsmen find things extremely hard in the death overs. He can demolish the timber with utmost ease and remains India’s trump card during the critical phase.

 

  1. Ashish Nehra:
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Being 1-0 up, India must give the veteran Ashish Nehra a game to showcase what he has to offer at 38 years of age. Fitness wise, Nehra is as fit as anyone around, as proven by the fitness tests and bowling wise, there are no doubts surrounding on what he has to offer.

Stat Attack: Mohammad Shami’s Impeccable Record in the Subcontinent

Ever since the legendary Zaheer Khan hung up his boots from international cricket, India was on the desperate need for a wicket-taking pacer. Ishant Sharma spearheaded the attack for years, but after every passing game, he was termed as a pacer still transforming.

Despite touring Australia on three different occasions, one has similar thoughts about the lanky pacer. Nevertheless, once a certain Mohammad Shami was back after a career-threatening knee injury late last year, it was evident that India’s prayers got answered. In Shami, India didn’t just find an excellent new ball bowler, but also someone who could strike in the middle of a session to open up the contest.

Playing in the subcontinent on the dry and dusty tracks is often considered as the most gruelling aspect for a pacer, but with every passing outing, Shami emerged with flying colours. In a stat, which recently grabbed the eyeballs, it is known that Shami now has the best statistics for a pacer in Asia in the last five years.

With 39 wickets in just the matter of 11 games, Shami averages a mere 21.89 per wicket in the subcontinent, the best for a pacer. During India’s glorious home season of 2016/17 and the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka, Shami was among the wickets as apart from striking with the red new ball, he also made ample use of the reverse swing.

Below, we go through the list of the five pacers with best bowling average in Asia in the last five years.

Name Country Matches Wickets Average
Mohammad Shami India 11 39 21.89
Dhammika Prasad Pakistan 10 43 24.27
James Anderson England 10 29 26.89
Ben Stokes England 10 24 27.75
Trent Boult New Zealand 10 30 30.16

 

Steven Smith.

IND vs AUS 2017: Steven Smith Urges for a Improved Show after Leaving India

Ahead of the first T20I in Ranchi, Australia dealt a major blow, as skipper Steven Smith got ruled out of the T20I series with a shoulder injury.

Though Smith was witnessed sitting in the dugout during the first game, it seemed evident that his loss had created an irreplaceable vacuum in the team. With the weather taking its toll on the game, all India needed was a target of 48 in six overs to win the game. The hosts got there quite comfortably with three balls to spare, as skipper Virat Kohli finished the game off with a stunning boundary over cover.

As the teams head to Guwahati for the second game of the T20I series, India will look to seal the series right there. Smith too has left for Australia, and before going, he put up a motivating message for his side and mentioning how unfortunate he felt to miss the T20I series. In his post, Smith urged the team to strike form in the remaining two games.

“India it’s been an absolute pleasure. The One Day tour didn’t go to plan, and after injuring my shoulder in the last game, I’m unfortunately heading home to give it some rest and rehab. I look forward to watching the boys turn the tides in the next 2 T20s,” wrote Smith on his Facebook page.

 

Having been thrashed 4-1 in the five-match ODI series, Smith needs to go back to the drawing board at the earliest, as his team looks utterly disoriented ahead of the all-important home Ashes later in November.

Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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IND vs AUS 2017 – Jasprit Bumrah Becomes Second Highest Wicket Taker for India in T20I’s

India carried on the rich vein of form from the ODI series, as the hosts were all over the Australians in the first T20I in Ranchi.

With rain currently halting the game, Australia were all at sea during their innings. Positioned at a precarious position of 118-8 in 18.4 overs, the Indian spinners were once again right at the centre of attraction. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah too had a ball in the middle, as he remained economical and picked up a couple of wickets. First, Bumrah sent back wicketkeeper Tim Paine as the latter’s patience ran out, as he attempted a wild slog. Minutes later, Bumrah made a mess of the stumps, as he sent back Nathan Coulter Nile.

By getting those two wickets, Bumrah took his T20I wickets tally to 35, which makes him the second-highest wicket-taker for India in the format. Only R. Ashwin now has more wickets for India in T20I’s, with the off spinner’s tally being at 52.

Bumrah has just been a sensation for India ever since he first burst onto the scene, during the side’s tour of Australia in January last year. For years, India missed a pacer who could keep things tight at the death and also pick up wickets frequently. They seem to have found just that with Bumrah, as he continues to impress with every passing outing.

With the game currently paused due to the weather, India would be hoping even for a shortened game, as the hosts are in a strong position.

 Leading wicket takers for India in T20I’s:

R. Ashwin – 52 

J.Bumrah – 35

A. Nehra – 34

R. Jadeja – 31

I.Pathan/ Y. Singh – 28

Kuldeep Yadav, ICC World Cup 2019
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IND vs AUS 2017: Watch – Kuldeep Yadav Puts India in a Commanding Position

Kuldeep Yadav has been a sensation for India ever since he burst onto the scene. Being a wrist spinner, the youngster offers a lot on the table, as he remains a genuine wicket-taker, and carries the ability to deceive a batsman in the air. That was quite evident in the first India vs Australia T20I in Ranchi where he rattled Australia with his superb spell of chinaman bowling.

Being put into bat first on a decent deck, Australia lost their skipper David Warner early, but then Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch got going. Just when it seemed that India would be in trouble with Finch blazing his way across, Kuldeep struck gold by castling him.

Once Finch was dismissed, the Australian team was in a complete disarray, as apart from the boundaries drying up, it was hard for the visitors even to keep the scoreboard ticking. It is where Kuldeep once again displayed his class.

Expecting all-rounder Moises Henriques to charge at him, Kuldeep wasn’t afraid to toss the ball up and invite him to slog. That was the bait and Henriques fell into the trap, as he jumped down the track without seeing the ball.

The result was that the stumps ended up in a mess, as Kuldeep enjoyed his wicket fully. Below, is the video of Henriques dismissal.

https://twitter.com/84107010ghwj/status/916670609068888065

 

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