Abysmal Indians were thoroughly dominated by David Warner led Australia as they failed to perform with the bat and the ball. After early loss of Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli in the very first over of the game, no Indian batsman could get the team back into the game as most of them failed to reach double figures. Hardik Pandya 25 and Kedar Jadav 27 were the two highest run-getters for India. Meanwhile Jason Behrendorff bowled superbly and finished the game with brilliant figures of 4 for 21 in his quota of four overs.

Behrendorff  run havoc on the Indian top order as he got the top 4 batsman for cheap and gave Australia a setup to attack India from all fronts. The pacer was thoroughly supported by his spin counterpart Adam Zampa, who claimed the wickets of Jadav and Dhoni to put India on the back foot in the must win clash.

Later Australians had no problems in chasing down the target of 119, they lost their captain David Warner and opener Aaron finch early but Travis Head (48) and Moises Henriques (62) got them past the target comfortably.

Not the performance we wished for. 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, said Indian skipper Virat Kohli after the game.

As it happened —

10:07 PM IST : Australia – 122/2 (15.3 overs) (Australia win by 8 wickets)

Aussies have won the 2nd clash by 7 wickets and the 3-match series is now tied 1-1. 

10: 02 PM IST: Australia – 114/2 (15 overs) Henriques 56(44) Head 47(33)

Fifty! for Henriques, the Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder has been on an all-out attack mode today. He hit Kuldeep for two big sixes and announced his half century in style. Head meanwhile is inching close to his half century on the other end. There stand of 100 runs has now broken the record of highest 3rd wicket partnership against India in T20s. Next over should be the final one of the game. 

9:54 PM IST: Australia – 92/2 (13 overs) Henriques 40(38) Head 41(27)

25 runs scored of the last 3 overs and this is looking like a cake walk for Australia. Only 27 more runs are required to get home the first T20 victory of the 3-match series. No miracle from here can save India, its a match which has been severely dominated by the hosts and they are desperately looking to finish it off early from here. 27 needed of 42 balls with 8 wickets to spare. 

9:45 PM IST: Australia – 67/2 (10 overs) Henriques 31(29) Head 25(18)

Australia have found the ground after early struggle in the innings, both Henriques and Travis Head are going strong.  The duo have kept the Indian bowlers quite and are plying their trade comfortably here in Guwahati. It should not be a tough chase, it never was but the fight is no more there as the Indians have lost the plot already and the disappointment is evident on their faces.  

8:45 PM IST: India – 118/0 (20 overs) Kuldeep Yadav – 16(19), Chahal 3(2)

Brilliant bowling performance by Australia to restrict the Indian line up on a low key total of 118. Only four Indian batsman manged to reach double figures with Hardik and Kedar Jadhav scoring 25 and 27 respectively to drag the Indian team to a total above 100. This has come as a shock for India as they have so many talented batsman in form but today all of them failed to delivered. 

Wicket: Kedar Jadhav b Zampa 27(27)

7:45 PM IST: India- 61/5 (10 overs) Jadhav- 25(23) Pandya- 0(0)

Hardik Pandya comes in to bat for India 

Wicket: Dhoni st Paine b Zampa 13(16) 

Usually he is India’s man for these situation but he has failed to deliver today. The man who his famous for his swift stumping has been stumped by the Australian keeper. It has been a case with the former Indian captain, he always plays with his foot in front when early in his innings and this time Zampa played his trick well to get him. Dhoni failed to read the pitch of the ball as he stepped out of the crease and gave up his wicket.

7:45 PM IST: India- 54/4 (9 overs) Dhoni – 9(12), Jadhav- 25(23)

kedar Jadhav plays the first ball fine for a boundary but what follows and gets a single of the next but India fails to capitalise. only 7 runs of it, at least 10 odd runs should been managed from the over. 9 overs up and India have 54 on board, they will have to shift gears and aslo defend their wickets a close to 95 in 13 overs will be a good enough score to have in the situation. 

7:39 PM IST: India- 47/4 (8 overs) Dhoni – 8(10), Jadhav- 19(19)

Only 9 runs from the two overs, but certainly Dhoni and Jadhav both are now settling down.  Behrendorff  gave out 5 runs of his over and Adam Zampa conceded the other 4 runs. So far in the game, Australian bowlers have dominated the scene with strict line and length. The last ball of the sixth over saw a close chance getting missed as Kedar Jadhav was almost caught and bowled by  Behrendorff .

7:35 PM IST: India- 38/4 (6 overs) Dhoni – 2(3), Jadhav- 16(14)

A decent over for India, in this situation as they mange 7 runs of it. Andrew Tye introduced into attack by David Warner. MS Dhoni has been sent in to stable the situation here, the former Indian captain has a job to do from here, he not just will have to stay in the middle and keep the runs flowing in but also he will have to make sure that he has a partner going on the other side. 

7:30 PM IST: India- 31/4 (5 overs) Dhoni – 0(0), Jadhav- 11(11)

MS Dhoni is the new man in for India 

Wicket- Dhawan c Warner b Behrendorff 2(6)

Indians are struggling here as Behrendorff continues the assault, Dhawan stepped out and hit it into the skies and David Warner waited eagerly to catch that one, stunning catch and Warner has got his man. Dhawan could have been dangerous for the Aussies if he manged to stay on the crease for another couple of overs. What a game this is turning out to be, India will have a lot to do from here to stay in this one. 

7:25 IST: India- 27/3 (4 overs) Dhawan – 2(3), Jadhav- 7(8)

The over from Coulter-Nile was what India had been waiting from as Kedar Jadhav earns a six from that one and helps India add 11 more runs to the total. Jadhav stood at the crease and pulled it to get the first six of the match and give the disappointed Indian fans something to cheer for. 

7:16 IST: India- 12/2 (3 overs) Dhawan – 1(1), Jadhav- 2(5)

Wicket- M Pandey c Paine b Behrendorff 6(7) 

Another wicket for the Australian pacer as he gets better of the Indian right-handed batsman. Brilliant start from Behrendorff, he has taken three wickets so far in only two overs splashing out just 12 runs. Manish Pandey just nicked the ball playing with the swing and the ball went straight into the hands of Paine who grabbed it comfortably.  

7:12 IST: India- 12/2 (1 over) Dhawan – 1(1), Pandey- 2(5)

Dhawan was still to play a ball and he has saw two of his partners go back one after another. Nathan Coulter-Nile brought in from the other end and he does a good job, giving out just 4 runs of the over. Manish Pandey struggled while Dhawan only got a ball to play and he dashed it for a single.  

7:05 IST: India- 8/2 (1 over) Dhawan – o, Pandey- 0(0)

Manish Pandey is the new man in for India. 

Wickets- Rohit lbw b Behrendorff 8(4), Kohli caught and bowled Behrendorff 0(2)

Two early strikes by  Jason Behrendorff in the very first over as he sends back the Indian captain and vice captain early in the game. What a start to this mus-win cracker, the Australian pacer has brought his side into the game and his celebration after Virat’s wicket tells the story. 8 runs of the over and 2 wickets down for India. Looked like it was going to be a good over for the hosts but Australia have made a start here in Guwahati. 

playing XI: India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner(c), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff

Toss: Australia has won the toss and Virat Kohli’s men have been asked to bat first in the 2nd T20 encounter against Australia here in Guwahati.

Preview: After claiming the ODI series 4-1, India opened their account in the T-20 series with a win in the rain affected clash at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. Virat kohli’s men will take on Australia in the 2nd T20I at the ACA-Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati. The first game saw Indian bowlers dominating the Aussies in restricting them on 118 in the available 18.5 overs before rain intervened, Kohli and Dhawan chased down the 48 runs target in 5.3 overs to see India home through DLS method. After 7 long years international cricket will be back to Assam when the two best teams in the world take on each other.

India are on a winning run of 7 matches in T20s while Australia without their injured captain Steve Smith have struggled to find the rhythm in the shorter formats against India. Except for David Warner and his opening partner Aaron Finch the rest of the Australian batsman have failed to perform against the strong Indian bowling line up. The ACA-Barsapara Stadium will host its first international match today and we bring you all the related information.

India Squad– Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

Australia Squad – David Warner (Captain), Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (WK), Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.