India had a forgettable outing in the 2nd T20I on Tuesday as Australia bounced back in the series with a crushing 8-wicket win at the Baraspara Stadium. Jason Behrendorff (4/21) ripped through the high-profile Indian batting to restrict the home team to a below par 118, which the visitors chased in just 15.3 overs. The 27-year-old from Western Australia swung the ball both ways on a helping pitch with Rohit Sharma (8), Shikhar Dhawan (2) and Virat Kohli (0) among his high-profile scalps. The India captain departed after getting a faint inside edge while attempting a flick and the looping ball was caught by the left-arm pacer himself. Interestingly, it was the 28-year-old’s first duck in T20I cricket.
“I don’t think we were good enough with the bat. The wicket was bit sticking to start with. It was difficult for them as well, but after the dew set in, they got away,” said Kohli after the loss.
“But we speak about when the situations are not in our favour is when we have to put 120 percent on the field. It is the attitude that matters most and it is something the team embraces,” he added.
He was all praise for Behrendorff.
“I thought the ball to Rohit was very good. His line and length was very tight. He made us think. Credit to him for hitting the right areas. He definitely had a top class day today,” said Kohli.