India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels that dismissal of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma off Jason Behrendorff’s very first over of the innings tilted scales in Australia’s favour.
Rookie left-arm pacer Behrendorff took 4/21 in 4 overs as Australia levelled the three-match T20 series winning the second game by eight wickets.
“He (Behrendorff) bowled very well. He made full use of the wicket. It was the perfect kind of wicket for the line and length he bowled,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match news conference. “You need to be bit fortunate to get three or four wickets in the T20s. Rohit’s (Sharma) wicket and (Virat) Kohli’s wicket were the crucial point for us, in the first over itself,” he added.
Pace aided by swing did make a lot of difference for Behrendorff, opined Bhuvneshwar.
“That’s his natural thing. He swings the ball, he got pace. Best thing is whatever the line and length needed for this wicket. As I said, you have to be fortunate to get three-or-four wickets in T20Is. He was fortunate to have got those wickets.”
Contrary to popular belief that it will be a run-feast, the wicket was not great for batting, reckoned the UP pacer.
“It was a tough wicket for batting. Rain was around, it was a damp wicket. So you know, Australian bowlers made the most of the wicket,” he said on Australia, opting to bowl after winning the toss.India could never get going after the early jolt as Kedar Jadhav (27) was Indian top-scorer, followed by Hardik Pandya (25) to be folded for 118 in the last ball. With series tied at 1-1, India will take on Australia in the third and final T20 match in Hyderabad on Friday.