Melbourne: Without a win across four Tests and the first T20I, India
were able to right their wrongs, to an extent, with a convincing eight-wicket
win over the Australia at the MCG in the second Twenty20 on Friday.
Gautam Gambhir struck a fine unbeaten 56 to help India register their first
win on the tour. Chasing 132 to win, India reached 135 for two in 19.4 overs,
with Gambhir and MS Dhoni (21 not-out) in the middle.
congratulate each other after beating Australia in the 2nd Twenty20 in
Openers Gambhir and Virender Sehwag provided India a confident start to their
chase after the bowlers restricted hosts to 131. Sehwag looked in good nick as
he hit two boundaries and a six for his innings of 23 off 16 balls. But when it
looked Sehwag will destroy the opponents, Brad Hogg got the better of the
Virat Kohli then joined Gambhir in the middle and the duo took India closer
to the target. The two added 54 runs for the second wicket before Kohli fell to
Mitchell Marsh for 31 off 24 balls.
Earlier, India dazzled in the field with four run-outs to restrict Australia
to 131. Chasing their first victory on the tour, India rocked the home side with
brilliant ground fielding led by two run outs from Man-of-the-Match Ravindra
Opener Aaron Finch, top-scored with 36 off 23 balls and Wednesday’s
Man-of-the-Match, Matthew Wade, chipped in with 32 off 29 balls.
But India had the home side under pressure from the third over when they
dismissed the T20 specialist David Warner for eight to a great catch in the deep
by Gambhir off Praveen Kumar.
Then struggling Shaun Marsh was out for a duck and Finch was run out by an
outstanding piece of athletic fielding by Jadeja after David Hussey hit straight
to him at backward point and scampered for a single.
Hussey also played a role in a second run out as Jadeja found skipper George
Bailey (three) well out of his ground at the bowler’s end, and was himself next
to go, caught and bowled by Jadeja for 24 off 29 balls.
Smart glovework by skipper MS Dhoni had Mitchell Marsh stumped for 13 off
spinner Rahul Sharma and Wade was run out by a direct throw from Rohit Sharma in
the 19th over. The Australians collapsed losing their final three wickets in
Kumar took two for 21 off three overs and Sharma claimed two for 29 off 3.4