New Delhi: In a fantastic display of seam bowling, left-armer Jason Behrendorff ripped through India’s top order to bowl the hosts out for 118 in the second T20I at Guwahati.
The left-arm seamer, who made his debut in the last T20I toyed with some of the biggest names and ended with figures of 4 for 21 in his 4-over spell which he bowled on the trot.
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.
It was the first international game played at the venue and the packed crowd was in for a shock after Rohit hit two crisp fours in the opening over bowled by Behrendorff.
Behrendorff showed remarkable maturity to bounce back from those two boundaries to trap Rohit plumb in front with an inswinger.
Kohli departed two balls later after getting a faint inside edge while attempting a flick and the looping ball was caught by none other than the left-arm pacer.
Behrendorff then had Manish Pandey caught behind with one that swung away just enough before Dhawan fell to a spectacular running catch by opposition captain David Warner.
His spell of four overs was enough to break the backbone of Indian batting which was hardly tested in the ODI series.
The figures were also Behrendorff's best in the T20 format.
With India in deep trouble at 27 for four, Kedar Jadhav (27) and MS Dhoni (13) tried to get going in the middle and ended up with a 33-run stand.
However, Australia were able to tighten their noose around India in the middle overs through Adam Zampa (2/19 in four overs). He had a charging Dhoni stumped with a perfect leg-spinner before finding Jadhav's stumps to leave India in more trouble at 67 for six.
Hardik Pandya (25) hit a cracking six over midwicket, much to the entertainment of the home crowd but it was not enough to take India to a competitive total.
The new international venue did experience some teething issues as journalists complained about the lack of basic facilities in the media centre.