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Australia crush India in second T20

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Australia's Moises Henriques plays a shot during the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Gauhati, India, yesterday.

GUWAHATI, India (AP):

Australia swept to a crushing eight-wicket victory over India in their second Twenty20 yesterday after Moises Henriques and Travis Head piled on an unbeaten 109-run partnership for the second wicket to level the three-match series.

Australia needed only 15.3 overs to reach 122-2 in reply, after Jason Behrendorff had taken a career-best 4-21 to bowl out the hosts for a paltry 118 runs. Adam Zampa chipped in with two wickets for 19 runs.

Henriques scored 62 off 46 balls, including four fours and four sixes, while Head made 48 with the help of five fours and a six.

It was Australia's first win in eight T20 games against India and lines up a tantalising finish to the series in Hyderabad on Friday.

"Jason has got the height and bounce, he comes from Perth and has the right attitude, which is key. Zampa was fantastic as well. Henriques came and showed his experience. Hopefully the crowd gets behind us in Hyderabad," David Warner said.

Warner (2) and Aaron Finch (8) fell early in the chase as Australia were reduced to 13-2 in the third over, with Jasprit Bumrah (1-25) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-9) respectively taking the wickets.

But India's hopes of defending a small target were dashed as their spinners, Kuldeep Yadav (0-46) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0-29), struggled in dewy conditions.

Henriques and Head were watchful early on, but opened up later in the innings to put on 50 runs off just 41 balls, and then bring up the 100 partnership off 73 deliveries.