Australia skipper David Warner won the toss and opted to bowl against India in the second Twenty20 International against India, on Tuesday.
The visitors have included Marcus Stoinis in their playing XI in place of Dan Christian while India are changed. India are leading the series 1-0.
India will aim to extend lead in the second T20 International game against Australia at the newly-constructed Assam Cricket Association (ACA) Stadium in Barsapara.
Ahead of the match at Barsapara, Australia's stand-in captain David Warner said that the wicket is looking like a batting belter.
Local curator Mukut Kalita too said it would be a typical T20 wicket, full of runs.
“Our best effort is to make the match memorable by making a wicket full of runs. We have seen this wicket favour spinners in the domestic cricket but for tomorrow, I hope it would produce a lot of runs.”
As it happened:
# Australia register emphatic 8-wicket win in 2nd T20 International at Guwahati
# Henriques hits winning boundary
# Australia 114/2 after 15 overs
# Australia need 8 runs off 32 balls
# Henriques hits two sixes in a row, completes 50 in style
# Australia 97/2 after 14 overs
# Australia need 23 runs in 37 balls
# Australia 88/2 after 12 overs
# Australia 78/2 after 11 overs
# With 8 wickets in hand, Australia need 41 runs in 55 balls
# Kuldeep, Chahal not taken seriously so far, gone for few runs
# Australia 61/2 after 9 overs
# Now, Head pulls one to the fence
# Henriques in complete command of his game, pulls Pandya's ball to boundary
# Australia 50/2 after 8 overs
# Henriques, Head steady the ship after 2 early blows
# Henriques pulls Kuldeep's delivery to four
# Kohli hands over the ball to Hardik Pandya
# Who said a low scoring game can't be interesting? This is a cracker of a game!, tweets Harsha Bhogle
# Australia 34/2 after 6 overs
# Bumrah drops short, Henriques pulls it for six
# Australia 25/2 after 5 overs
# Just one run off the Bhuvneshwar's over
# Bhuvneshwar maintaining impeccable line and length
# Australia 24/2 after 4 overs
# Head plays straight drive to score four runs
# Travis Head joins Henriques at the crease
# Now, both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar have one wicket each in their kitty
# Australia 13/2 after 2.5 overs
# Finch falls to Bhuvneshwar, hits directly to Kohli, he acknowledges
# Kedar Jadhav stops cover drive, saves a certain four
# Australia 12/1 after 2 overs
# Warner gets out, Australia 11/1 after 1.3 overs
# Bumrah gives India needed breakthrough, Warner miscued a pull shot
# Finch scores first boundary of the match
# Australia 6/0 after 1 over
# Warner survives a leading edge, there was noone to grab this opportunity
# Pandey dives, saves a certain boundary
# The duo of Warner-Finch walks out to crease
# India get all-out, score 118 runs in 20 overs
# Not enough runs for India, I'm afraid. If they can defend these, we have a thriller on the cards, tweets Harsha Bhogle
# Bumrah gets run-out, India 115/9 after 19.3 overs
# Bumrah edges, ball flew to the fence
# Australia continue to dominate the match, did not allow batsmen to settle down ever in the innings
# India 104/8 after 18 overs
# India 103/8 after 17.3 overs
# Pandya hits to the long-off, gets caught by Dan Christian
# India 101/7 after 17 overs
# India reach 100-run mark
# Pandya hits six with pull shot
# India 90/7 after 16 overs
# Pandya pulls to backward square leg, one run
# India 85/7 after 15 overs
# Kuldeep gets a boundary on the free-hit
# India 77/7 after 14 overs
# India 76/7 after 13.4 overs
# India 75/7 after 13.3 overs
# India 73/7 after 13.2 overs
# India 72/7 after 13.1 overs
# India 70/7 after 12.4 overs
# Bhuvneshwar out c Henriques b Coulter-Nile
# India 70/6 after 12.2 overs
# India 69/6 after 12 overs
# Zampa now has two wickets in his kitty
# Australians continue their fiery bowling
# Zampa removes set Jadhav with a googly
# Hardik Pandya joins Kedar Jadhav at the crease
# India 61/5 after 10 overs
# MS Dhoni departs after scoring 13 runs off 16 deliveries
# Zampa strikes, removes Mahendra Singh Dhoni
# David Warner introduces Adam Zampa
# Behrendorff completes his quota of 4 overs
# That was as frenetic a five-over burst of cricket as any you will see, tweets Harsha Bhogle
# Another Jadhav special, cuts Tye to fence, India 36/4 after 5.3 overs
# Jadhav cuts one to the fence, looks to shrug off the early damage
# MS Dhoni walks out in the arena
# Dhawan departs after scoring 2 runs off 6 balls
# Dhawan lifts one in front of wicket only to get caught in the deep
# Behrendorff in hurry, removes fourth batsmen
# Skipper Warner continuing with Behrendorff as he is in amazing form
# Unfazed Jadhav hits first six of the match, pulls Coulter-Nile over the fence
# Kedar Jadhav joins Shikhar Dhawan at the crease
# Pandey gets out caught behind to Behrendorff
# Behrendorff amazing spell finds another victim in Manish Pandey
# Pandey, Dhawan aim to steady the ship
# India 8/2 against Australia in second T20 International
# Huge upset to India, Behrendorff caught Kohli in front of stumps
# Behrendorff's delivery swings to the pad, Rohit was plumb in front of stumps
# Major blow to Indians, Behrendorff removes Rohit early
# Rohit and Shikhar walks out to bat against Aussies
# Australia win toss, elect to bowl first
The wait for its maiden international game will finally be over on Tuesday.
“We should not worry about that now. It’s a sporting wicket and we hope it will be a memorable one.”
He further said there’s forecast of rain but they are well-equipped and a high sand content in soil would mean that it will help in drainage system.
“We just cover the wicket in case it rains, that’s enough as the high sand content facilitates drainage in no time.”
It rained in the afternoon today forcing India to call off their practice session on the eve of their second T20I against Australia here today.
Only a few players with the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey and Kuldeep Yadav had turned up for the optional session.
But before they could hit the nets, a spell of showers forced them to cancel their practice. After rain stopped few of the players including Dhoni and Kohli were seen engaged in their favourite pastime—playing football.
Even in Ranchi, their practice was hit by rains for two days as it also interrupted the match with India winning by nine wickets by D-L method on October 7.
The stadium is hosting its first match but for Guwahati an International cricket match is coming after a long gap of about seven years when India beat New Zealand in an ODI at the Nehru Stadium on November 28, 2010.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul and Axar Patel.
Australia: David Warner (c), Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.
With PTI inputs