Virat Kohli has been in splendid form recently, he finished the first T20I in a rain-curtailed match single-handedly. However, Kohli became the first victim of Australia’s left-arm fast bowler Jason Behrendorff in the first over of the Guwahati T20I. Behrendorff had already got the wicket of Indian opener Rohit Sharma. The left-arm pacer got the better of Kohli as well as the ball took an inside edge off the bat, hit the pads and went up in the air. Behrendorff ran towards the ball in the follow-through and caught hold of it quite easily. The Australians
The Australians went up in unison and the Umpire raised his finger almost instantly. Kohli was stunned by the series of events and walked up to Shikhar Dhawan. There was a moment when it felt like he might go for the review but Dhawan felt otherwise. The replay showed that the ball had taken a clear inside edge off the bat and hit the pads.
The Indian skipper departed for a duck leaving the team 8 for 2 in the first over. India were on the back foot right from the start and barely seemed to recover from it. The Indian batting order crumbled under the pressure and lost wickets in clusters.
Here’s the video of Kohli’s wicket-
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Behrendorff continued his top-notch bowling spell throughout the powerplay overs. He got the wicket of Kohli, Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey. The only batsmen who could hit boundaries off him were Rohit and Kedar Jadhav. He bowled a dream spell of 4 for 21 in his full quota of 4 overs.
Behrendorff did not let anyone in the top order score in double digits which was one of the reasons why the hosts could not attack. They could only manage a modest total on the pitch of Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.