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Finally, Team India win


First victory Down Under: India beat Aus by 8 wickets in second T20


India revived their Australian tour with a convincing eight- wicket win over the home side in the second Twenty20 international at the Melbo

urne Cricket Ground on Friday.

The tourists dazzled in the field with four run outs to restrict Australia to 131 off 19.4 overs before reaching the target at 135 for two with two balls to spare before 62,275 fans.

It was the Indiansalt39first victory on their tour of Australia after losing the opening T20 game by 31 runs in Sydney on Wednesday and receiving a 4- 0 thrashing in the Test series.

Australia were scuttled by a Indias brilliant fielding, the pick of which came from man- of- the- match Ravindra Jadeja who took two run outs. It was a shambolic Australian performance with the bat and in the field as the youthful Indian side finally revealed the hunger missing for so much of the lopsided Test series.

Gautam Gambhir topscored with an unbeaten 56 off 60 balls with skipper MS Dhoni not out 21 off 18 balls after promoting himself to number four in the batting order.

The Indians were always in control of the run chase, but tensions mounted in the final over as the Australians ringed the field around Gambhir before he pierced the circle for the winning runs off Clint McKay with two balls to spare.

India only lost the wickets of Virender Sehwag for 23 off 16 balls and Virat Kohli 31 off 24.

The impressive victory was just the momentum switch that India needed ahead of Sundays opening match in the tri one- day series against Australia at the MCG.