The final encounter of the three-T20I series will be, in a literal sense, a final. Australia won the second T20I, levelling the series. The same was the case in a T20I series against England last year. If anything, evenly-fought contests garner more entertainment. The excitement of watching a decider is matchless.

Let us relive the second ODI, played at Guwahati, in pictures.

Behrendorff’s fourplay

Jason Behrendorff had gone wicketless in the first T20I, his debut. In the second T20I, he started off with a rank full, which Rohit Sharma smashed it away for four. Two deliveries later, there was another boundary. The 20-year-old had a torrid start to the over and to his career. However, what followed was the highlight of the match. He dismissed Rohit and Virat Kohli in the same over. It was Kohli's maiden debut in the format. Behrendorff then went on to take two more wickets. He was awarded Man of the Match for his 4 for 21. © AFP
Jason Behrendorff had gone wicketless in the first T20I, his debut. In the second T20I, he started off with a rank full, which Rohit Sharma smashed it away for four. Two deliveries later, there was another boundary. The 20-year-old had a torrid start to the over and to his career. However, what followed was the highlight of the match. He dismissed Rohit and Virat Kohli in the same over. It was Kohli’s maiden debut in the format. Behrendorff then went on to take two more wickets. He was awarded Man of the Match for his 4 for 21. © AFP

Warner catches India in a maze

David Warner could have easily hit his head. He was in no position to land safely or to take a catch. Despite running towards the direction of the ball, he ran behind, facing the trajectory. However, for the athletic Warner we know him for, neither did he hurt himself nor did he drop the catch. © AFP
David Warner could have easily hit his head. He was in no position to land safely or to take a catch. Despite running towards the direction of the ball, he ran behind, facing the trajectory. However, for the athletic Warner we know him for, neither did he hurt himself nor did he drop the catch. © AFP

 MS Dhoni tastes the dose of his own medicine

With his makeover in technique, Dhoni was trying to step out and get under the ball. If he does so, a boundary is certain. If he does not, a punch down the ground is always a safe bet. However, Zampa was a step ahead of the wily Dhoni. He invited Dhoni to go for a big one, and when the Dhoni did what Zampa forced him to, he found himself stumped. © AFP
With his makeover in technique, Dhoni was trying to step out and get under the ball. If he does so, a boundary is certain. If he does not, a punch down the ground is always a safe bet. However, Zampa was a step ahead of the wily Dhoni. He invited Dhoni to go for a big one, and when the Dhoni did what Zampa forced him to, he found himself stumped, the first such mode of dismissal in his T20I career. © AFP

 Zampa gets the wrong ‘un right

Zampa outfoxed Dhoni with a leg-spinner, and knocked over Kedar Jadhav with a wrong' un. He finished with figures of 2 for 19. © AFP
Zampa outfoxed Dhoni with a leg-spinner, and knocked over Kedar Jadhav with a wrong’ un. He finished with figures of 2 for 19. © AFP

Australia 13 for 2, but…

India pacers David Warner and Aaron Finch in quick succession, reducing Australia to 13 for 2. © AFP
India pacers dismiss David Warner and Aaron Finch in quick succession, reducing Australia to 13 for 2. But… © AFP

Henriques becomes hero

Surprisingly, Australia sent Moises Henriques at No. 3 ahead of Glenn Maxwell. Perhaps Maxwell’s recent failure against Yuzvendra Chahal had triggered the move. The tactic was to steady the innings instead of scoring quick runs, and it paid off. © AFP
Surprisingly, Australia sent Moises Henriques at No. 3 ahead of Glenn Maxwell. Perhaps Maxwell’s recent failure against Yuzvendra Chahal had triggered the move. The tactic was to steady the innings instead of scoring quick runs, and it paid off. © AFP

India went head over heels after Travis’ onslaught

Henriques (62*) added 109 runs with Travis Head (48*), taking Australia over the line by 8 wickets. © AFP
Henriques (62*) added 109 runs with Travis Head (48*), taking Australia over the line by 8 wickets. © AFP