The opening T20I of the series saw Suryakumar Yadav hit an incredible 80 off just 42 balls against Australia.
On Sunday, Team India will play their second Twenty20 International of the series against Australia. In the series opener in Visakhapatnam, the hosts had defeated Matthew Wade’s team by two wickets in an exciting finale.
On the last delivery, India managed to chase down a 209-run mark thanks to a masterful innings from captain Suryakumar Yadav (80 off 42 balls). But prior to the second T20I, Star pacer Jason Behrendorff of Australia says that in order to tie the score in the five-match series, the team will “stay a step ahead” of players like Suryakumar Yadav.
Behrendorff was the only Australian bowler to escape unhurt from the opening Twenty20 International, recording figures of 1/25 for his entire quota. During India’s historic run-chase, all other bowlers let up at least 11 runs per over, hence his performance was particularly noteworthy. To the question of what his possible plan would be to stop his teammate Suryakumar Yadav of the Mumbai Indians, Behrendorff jokingly said, “Give the ball to someone else may be.”
Behrendorff subsequently said, nevertheless, that they must devise more effective plans to counter the Indian hitters like Suryakumar Yadav.
Since it can be challenging to stay one step ahead of them at times, they may try to keep them guessing as they are all rather skilled players. During the Saturday pre-match media conference, the lanky seamer added, “Maybe, do what we can in terms of change in pace, line, and length.”
Behrendorff has been given a straightforward mandate by the team management: get the ball to juggle around and make some runs in the opening six Powerplay overs.
“I’ve had a lot of luck when it comes to the ball swinging whenever I play in India. I have therefore been able to capture wickets in Powerplay by staying true to my strengths and attempting to swing the ball upfront,” the seamer explained his role.
” I generally tried to be as straight as possible since, as you may know, in India, things can move fast to the fence. Regarding modifications, I experiment based on the surface, and in certain areas it grabs more than in others,” he clarified his reasoning.