Ever watched an anaconda squeezing a mice on Discovery? slowly but surely, leaving no breathing space, swallowing without chewing ultimately? that's how Aussies treated Indians today, building a handsome total on a pitch that wasn't a batting paradise at all and then pushing asking runrate out of proportions. Interestingly, to achieve this convincing win, home team used just one player opposite five Indians who were part of 0-4 whitewash in test series..
This has to be said that visitors displayed their most authoritive game of the tour so far but effort, without result, counts for nothing. they suffered their 5th consecutive defeat on Australian soil, conceding 13th consecutive defeat in all formats overseas excluding a tie and a no result in England in last 8 months.
Mathew Wade, an unknown wicket keeper taking Brad Haddin's place, was the cheif architect of the win with his half century but spinners did their job too, specially Brad Hogg who's making a comeback out of retirement at the age of 40. here's how the story unfolded..
The scoresAustralia 171 for 4 wkts in 20 ovs.
Mathew Wade 72, Hussey 42, Warner 25.
India 140 for 6 wkts in 20 ovs (31 short).
Dhoni 48*, Kohli 22, Gambhir 20, Hussey 2/4.
Full scorecard : 1st Twenty20, 1 February 2012.
Seeing the clouds overhead, it was almost an obvious decision by captain MS Dhoni to bowl first but he hadn't included the seamers to exploit the moist conditions. R Ashwin took the first over, bowled economically but was blasted for a huge switch hit six by David Warner while Praveen Kumar and R Vinay Kumar couldn't hold their line and length from other end. Warner was out in the 4th over but his team was already on acceleration and Travis Birt collected 41 good runs with Mathew Wade to keep the tempo up.
20 mins rain break, Wade was finally out after another 56 runs stand with David Hussey and although Indians bowled last few overs smartly, target of 172 was always going to threaten their batting lineup that hadn't fired on the tour at all.
Virender Sehwag, yet again, didn't put any price to his wicket but Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli timed the ball perfectly to keep up the scoring rate with a 41 runs stand. Hogg claimed Kohli's wicket with a poor delivery shortly after Gambhir had perished and that brought a stand still to the scoring rate with Rohit Sharma making a golden duck.
Suresh Raina tried to counter attack his way but it didn't work and then Ravindra Jadeja became Daniel Christian's second scalp, making it 6 for 81 in the 14th over. With asking rate hovering around two runs a ball, captain Dhoni and R Ashwin decided to give some respectibility to the score but their chase was already over.
Facts**Mathew Wade's 72 is now the highest score by an Aussie wicket keeper in T20 cricket, beating Adam Gilchrist's 48 off 29 balls against England at Sydney on 9 Jan 2007.
**George Bailey, on debut, was captain which isn't new in T20 cricket as 21 others have also done it in this newest format but almost none of them were on international debut as was Bailey in this match.