Stats: Despite thumping loss, Virat Kohli breaks world record
After embarrassing Australia at Ranchi with a stunning display of bowling, the Indians got a taste of their own medicine in the second game, stumbling to the exact same score they bundled Australia out for in the first game.
Jason Behrendorff breathed fire in the powerplay, sending four Indian batsmen back to the hut with an impeccable display of swing bowling with the white ball. Virat Kohli departed for a rare second-ball duck, and the rest of the Indian batting couldn’t come up with a substantial effort to repair the early damage.
The spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the tormentors-in-chief in the first game, were given a tough time by the combination of Moises Henriques and Travis Head, who calmed the storm that had brewed after two quick dismissals.
A win with 27 balls to spare must have given Australia a nice little boost of confidence after the ignominy of a 4-1 defeat in the ODIs, and will make the final game at Hyderabad a series decider.
Here are all the important numbers from the second T20I:
47 - Virat Kohli broke the world record for playing the most innings before recording a duck in T20Is. He recorded his maiden T20I duck after 47 innings, playing in his 52th T20I.
1 - This is the first time Australia have beaten India in India in five T20Is.
2 - Only for the second time, India lost four wickets in the powerplay of a T20I. The last time it happened was also against Australia, at Melbourne in 2008.
3 - Virat Kohli became the third Indian fielder after Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina to take more than 100 catches in T20 cricket.
4 - The spell of (4-0-21-4) by Behrendorff is the best T20I figures by an Australian against India. The previous best was by Nathan Bracken (3/11 in 2008).
5 - This was the fifth instance when MS Dhoni got stumped in international cricket. The last time it happened was during the 2011 World Cup, getting out to Devendra Bishoo.
7 - This was the seventh time that the Indian team were bowled out in an innings in T20s. They lost on all six occasions as well.
7 - India’s run of seven successive T20I wins against Australia came to an end with the eight-wicket loss.
16 - The number of runs made by the top-4 Indian batsmen in T20Is, the fewest they have contributed in one innings. It is on par with the 16 runs made by India’s top-four against the same opposition at Melbourne in 2008.
49 - The ACA Barsapara Stadium at Guwahati became the 49th venue to host an international match for India.
109 - The partnership between Moises Henriques and Travis Head was the best stand for Australia in T20Is in India.