Thirty Eight days, that’s the time taken by India to register their first win on Australian soil. Yes, finally the Men in Blue opened their account on this tour as they thumped Australia in the second T20 by 8 wickets. Team India finally found that spark they had been searching for as they played with great intensity and put up a clinical performance. This, to be precise, has been India’s first victory on foreign soil after 8 agonizing test defeats, 3 ODI defeats, 2 T20 defeats and one tied ODI. The last time India won a game was last year, when they defeated West Indies at Chennai. This victory comes at a crucial time for India as they gear up for the tri-angular ODI series which begins this Sunday. The win would surely boost India and make them a force to reckon as their confidence would be back on track.
After Australia won the toss and decided to go in first on a batting track, hardly anything went Australia’s way. Praveen Kumar struck twin blows in his second over, removing the explosive David Warner and out of sorts Shaun Marsh. Warner (8) was hold out at mid-wicket to a good running back catch by Gambhir, while Marsh was caught behind after a juggling effort from Sehwag which was ended by Dhoni. Shaun Marsh now has 17 runs on this tour in 4 tests and 1 T20 at an average of 3, which clearly reflects his misery. Newcomer Aaron Finch was starting to build partnership with David Hussey when Jadeja produced a bullet throw to find Finch (36) short of his crease. Shortly, Aussie skipper Bailey was removed in similar fashion as Jadeja made a good save at point and made a lightening quick throw at non-striker’s end to get Bailey run out. Australia was in quite some trouble as they were 54/4 in 9 overs when last match hero Mathew Wade and David Hussey started to build up a partnership and take Australia towards safety. Jadeja came back to haunt Australia as he removed Hussey (24) off a leading edge which came straight his way. Wade was running out of partners as even he fell prey to India’s accurate fielding this evening. Rohit Sharma hit the bull’s eye from long on to remove Wade on 32. Indian bowlers wasted little time to skittle Aussie lower order as Australia bundled out for 131.
India came with a cautious approach as they kept scoring singles and two’s accompanied by those odd boundaries. Australia were facing some stiff resistance from Indian top order for the first time as Sehwag and Gambhir built up their highest partnership of the tour, that too in a T20 game. Sehwag finally ran out of his patience while he was on 23 as he hit a low full toss straight to cover fielder. Gambhir was pretty comfortable playing his natural game at the other end, tickling singles all over the park. Virat Kohli gave him good company as India put up a no nonsense performance. Although Virat Kohli was caught behind at the end stages of the match, Gambhir and Dhoni made sure there were no end jitters as they took India past the victory line.
This victory showcased how important it is to have a good fielding unit, as Australia’s four front line batsmen were run-out. The energy and intensity which the Indian youth brings to the team is just that x-factor which India missed so sorely in the lost test series. If India continue to play with such intensity and spark, Australia and Sri Lanka are bound to face some stiff competition in the upcoming series.
Brief Score : AUSTRALIA – 131/10 in 19.4 overs ( Finch 36, Wade 32 ; P. Kumar 21/2)
LOST TO INDIA – 135/2 in 19.4 overs (Gambhir 56*, Kohli 31 ; Hogg 19/1 ) BY 8 WICKETS
MAN OF THE MATCH : Ravindra Jadeja.