Behrendroffs 4-21 stupefies India and pumps Australia up
Remaining ten second wordless during post-match phone colloquy, Behrendroff's father has left a corollary towards all analysts of crickets to ponder about.
Support and love always embolden players. Having a player like Behrendroff with a blistering bowling show of four for twenty one runs that saw a victory and a series levelling win over India in second T-20, Australia must be proud of in their ongoing lousy form.
John Cena was running to deliver his first ball at Barsapara stadium in second T-20I. Anyone who saw this match up to last moment with great attention might find similarity in between man of the match and the wrestler.
Yes, it is a look-alike. Did this look-alike's face remind Indian Batsmen of that wrestler and scare them out of their wits? No, it was his bowling talent, which made the best Indian batters R.Sharma, Virat Kohli and then M.Pandey and S.Dahawn unable to gather their wits.
Among those four bowls, the first three ones were absolutely blinders. The very first delivery was four by Rohit. But the two boundaries from Rohit did make sell-out crowd chuffed for a short time.
In his fourth bowl, Behrendroff produced a great delivery and forced him to fall Rohit in the trap of a clean lbw.
Just in a bit later, Virat got astonished after facing the first ball of Behrendroff, and Rohit confirmed him not to take the last one review they had.
It was first duck for Virat Kohli in his T-20 career and third one against Australia in this year.
In the second over of Behrendroff he took the wicket of M.Pandey through an edge. Those three bowls were quick and swingers that the batsmen completely misread.
When India were 18-3 in 3.1 overs, Finch saved a four with his stunning effort. That depicted a good body language. After 27-3, India lost their most important opening batsman Dahawan. He tried to send the ball beyond the boundary but it was in the rope, hence Warner took a mind-blowing catch and that brought career-best bowling figure for Brehendorff.
It also listed his name in Australian cricket as third best figure in T-20I. Before this success, he got four wickets against Adelaide Strikes (4/22) and three wickets against Sydney Sixers (3/21) both in 2014.
His 17 dot balls among four overs have surely snatched attention of the viewers and franchisers.
But India in the stage of collapse tried to progress with the hands of Kethav Jadhav and MS Dhoni. Zampa who was dropped out from ODI, took the very important wicket of Dhoni through a dodgy wide ball and dismissed Jadhav in his googli.
In the beginning of 16th over, Pandya's huge six awakened the spirit of T-20. Right after this, Stoinis's bowl was converted into a catch in the boundary.
Paine the young wicketkeeper displayed some good works including one run-out and a catch that ended India at 118 and did not give any single chance to extend their score.
While Australia came to chase the run, they first lost the wicket of Warner in a similar fashion of excitement. Bumrah got this wicket. Then B. Kumar sent back Finch very early. Apart from these two early falls Aussises were completely different. Neitrher Bumrah and Kumar nor break-through bringers in ODIs and first T-20, Chahal and Kuldeep did able to put any pressure because Henriques and Head were bold enough to punish them.
Two consecutive sixes at 14.2, 14.3 overs of Kuldeep, Henriques became more dazzling to snatch the game. However, at earlier he luckily got a live of edge that skipper Kohli doubted but did not take review.
The final rocket shot came from the batter Henriques in Chahal's bowl that finished off the battle. In the unbeaten 109-run partnership, Henriques scored 62, Head scored 48, and without using last 27 balls, they reached to a comfortable win.