Jason Behrendroff took four wickets after captain David Warner won the toss and elected to bowl on a damp wicket in Guwahati.
Bhuvenshwar Kumar, whose 1/9 in three overs gave India hope but did not save the day, said that the initial of jolt of losing Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the first over was too much for the hosts to handle. "The wickets of Rohit and Virat became crucial", Bhuvneshwar said about his team's batting that could post only a modest 118. The India batting line-up failed to put up a good show as the wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. It appeared damp with the rain happening couple of hours before the match. So you know, Australian bowlers made the most of the wicket. On our turn, we tried our best to take the initial wickets but could not. But if you have to win such matches, you have to keep taking wickets especially in the middle overs, which we couldn't. "I would say they bowled better than us", he said.
India were rocked in the first over itself. "So it was just an off day for us", he said. With the match being played in breezy conditions in the north-eastern city, Bhuvneshwar felt that Australians made full use of it.
"I think we tried to rebuild it again". But we couldn't do it. We can't really point a finger on someone and say it was their fault. "We can't really say we could have bowled the way we began", he said.
Talking about Behrendorff's performance, the Bhuvneshwar added, "He [Behrendorff] bowled really well". He bowled the ideal line and length and made good use of the conditions. It was the flawless kind of wicket for the line and length he bowled. You need to be bit fortunate to get three or four wickets in the T20s.
Playing only his second T20 worldwide, Behrendorff removed Rohit Sharma (8) and Virat Kohli (0) in the first over of the match and the hosts could never recover after that, folding up for 118 off the last ball of their innings.