Rock thrown at Australia team bus after visitors rout India in T20I

Ashish Peter 10/10/2017
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The Australian team bus was attacked with rocks by unruly miscreants.

Australia beat India comprehensively in the second T20I of the three-match series but it seems that not everyone has taken too kindly to the visitor’s victory.

David Warner’s men thrashed India by eight-wickets at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati to level the series at 1-1.

However, Aussie opening batsman Aaron Finch took to Twitter to recount a harrowing ordeal his side had to face while returning to their hotel in the team bus.

It seems some unruly supporters could not digest India’s defeat and shattered one of the team bus’ window with a large rock.

The Australian posted an image of the damaged window with a huge hole created by the thrown projectile.

He accompanied it with a caption saying, “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!”

Tuesday’s match was the first ever international staged at the newly constructed Barsapara cricket ground and it recorded an attendance of 38,132.

Previously, matches held in Guwahati were played at the Nehru stadium while the Barsapara ground was only inaugurated by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on match day.

A crowd of around a 1000 had gathered at the Guwahati airport on Sunday to welcome both the teams to the city.

However, that jubilant and celebratory mood has now been dampened by the incident surrounding the Australian team bus.

Virat Kohli’s India had been bundled out for 118 after being put into bat by Warner before the visitors comfortably chased down the score with almost five overs to spare.

The two sides will meet again for the deciding match of the T20I series at Hyderabad on Friday to culminate Australia’s tour of India.

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Adam Zampa dismantles India's middle-order resistance and other talking points from Australia's T20 victory over India

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Zampa's two scalps dented India's middle-order fightback.

On a day when the Barsapara Cricket Ground in Guwahati made its international debut, Australia took on India in the second of the three-match T20I series.

The visitors were subject to a nine-wicket defeat in the first T20I at Ranchi after Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav stifled the Aussie batting line-up.

Looking to make amends for that defeat, stand-in Australia skipper David Warner won the toss and duly elected to field first on account of the dew factor set to kick in later in the game.

On a pitch abundant in moisture, Virat Kohli and his men found the going tough and were bundled out for 118 runs on the final delivery of their innings.

In the end, Australia picked up only their second victory of the tour in comprehensive fashion with an eight-wicket victory to square the series at 1-1.

And on a day when the tourists bounced right back into the series, we look at the key talking points of the match.

BEHRENDORFF THE LATEST AUSSIE PACE ACE

Jason Behrendorff did not look out of place in his maiden bow in international cricket.

The 27-year-old was allowed to bowl only one over in the rain-curtailed chase for India but did admirably well, conceding only five runs off it.

The left-arm pacer got a bigger canvas to showcase his talents in Guwahati and obliged in the very first over of the match.

After being carted for two boundaries by Rohit Sharma, Behrendorff struck back immediately with the fourth delivery of the over to catch the India vice-captain plumb on the pads.

He went one step further to put the hosts in all sorts of troubles when two deliveries later he had skipper Kohli caught and bowled for his first duck ever in 48 T20I innings.

The Aussie pacer wasn’t finished as of yet and he returned in his next over to remove Manish Pandey with a beauty of an out-swinger to complete the decimation of India’s top order.

The cherry on the cake was his scalp of Shikhar Dhawan after an excellent running catch from Warner to give the pacer impressive returns of 4-21 off his four overs.

ZAMPA PLUGS INDIA’S MIDDLE-ORDER RESISTANCE

After Behrendorff’s outstanding spell at the top had put Australia in command, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were threatening to spark a rearguard action to pull India back into the game.

Australia’s leg-spinner Adam Zampa was having none of that though. He might have been rendered largely ineffective by the Indians in the ODI series but on a Guwahati pitch aiding turn he found excellent rhythm.

Dhoni advanced down the track to the spinner but Zampa’s length delivery turned sharply leaving the Indian wicket-keeper with no chance to get bat on ball as Tim Paine completed a straightforward stumping.

On the other end, Jadhav was looking extremely good amidst India’s batting shambles but Zampa put the brakes on his effort before it could blossom into something deadly.

The 25-year-old spinner outsmarted the Indian batsman with a trademark googly which shattered Jadhav’s stumps after he tried to launch Zampa over his head.

Zampa finished with excellent figures of 2-19 off his four overs.

HEAD AND HENRIQUES STAND TALL

Australia’s reply of the sub-par total set by India got off to the worst possible start after Warner and Finch were dismissed early into the innings.

At 13-2, the match was evenly poised with the hosts sensing a way back into the game against Australia’s fragile middle-order.

Moises Henriques and Travis Head were tasked with the repair job and they executed it brilliantly despite being beaten by the ball on multiple occasions as India’s seamers found movement aplenty.

That storm was weathered and the two batsmen launched into India’s wrist-spinners who were rendered ineffective due to the high volume of dew in outfield.

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were both taken for some punishment as Australia romped home without the loss of another wicket with almost five overs to spare.

Henriques notched up second half-century in T20I cricket while Head remained unbeaten on 48 to underline Australia’s dominance.

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Cricket South Africa's inaugural T20 Global League postponed to 2018 amidst fear of running losses

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The league was the brainchild of former CSA chief Haroon Lorgat.

The inaugural T20 Global League, the brainchild of Cricket South Africa (CSA), has been postponed to November 2018 instead of its original scheduled start of November 3 later this year.

The franchise based T20 format, was former CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat’s pet project but the administrator parted ways with the board inexplicably in September.

There had been murmurs of the lack of a title sponsor and a television broadcast deal being major stumbling blocks for the T20 cricket’s latest product to get underway.

Last week, acting CSA CEO Thabang Moroe remarked that the first editions of the T20 Global League would run into losses.

On Tuesday, following a meeting of the CSA and the T20 Global League board along with consultations with the franchise owners, it was decided to postpone the inaugural edition to November, 2018.

The CSA then released a statement to that effect but failed to give specifics as to why the league was being postponed as such.

“We have not come to this decision lightly,” commented Moroe.

The likes of Gayle and Pollard had signed on for the first edition.

The likes of Gayle and Pollard had signed on for the first edition.

“Having discussed it with all our stakeholders including the franchise owners, we believe that the interest of the league should be our first priority. We have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well.

“We will regroup and come back stronger and better. At this time, we also wish to thank all the players, sponsors, broadcast partners, SACA (South African Cricketers Association) and FICA (Federation of International Cricketers) who have committed to the project. We appreciate the continued support of the individuals and organisations who have believed in this tournament.”

Moroe stated that the various franchise owners were in complete support of the decision of postponement.

The T20 Global League has eight various franchises for which the inaugural player draft was held in August this year.

A host of international stars including Jason Roy, Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan, Fakhar Zaman and many more had been picked up by the various franchises in the player draft held at Cape Town.

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