Australia draw first blood

The two Australian senior batsmen, who were deemed to be on notice before this Test, produced the best batting performances in the match. Melbourne Test - through Impact Index

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Pattinson got the Man-of-the-Match award but there were actually two others ahead of him on the IMPACT scales. Hilfenhaus took 5 for 75 and 2 for 39 and none of his wickets were from the lower-order (Pattinson had two lower order wickets in his tally of 6 in the match). Pattinson did bat very well in the second innings (his Batting IMPACT for the match was 1.52 - a genuine all-rounder's performance) but his overall IMPACT of 5.18 was 0.61 less than Hilfenhaus, whose bowling had the most impact on the game. In fact, it was his bowling on the second day that ensured India did not get the first innings lead (after being fully set for it). In the second innings, Hilfenhaus and Siddle bowled tightly to give Pattinson a great platform - in fact, Hilfenhaus even got Economy IMPACT in the second innings - the only time by any bowler in the match. According to Impact Index, Hilfenhaus should have been the Man-of-the-Match.

Umesh Yadav was the other player who had a higher impact than Pattinson - again, mostly because of his bowling. His Bowling IMPACT crossed 2 in both innings - an outstanding performance (Pattinson did not even cross a Bowling IMPACT of 1 in the first innings). In both innings, Yadav got Pressure-building IMPACT points as he took quick wickets; in the first innings he also broke a partnership (when he dismissed Ponting). He was more expensive than the other bowlers though, for which he was penalized on the IMPACT scale, but he still surged ahead on his overall showing.

Zaheer Khan also crossed an IMPACT of 5 for the match - a very rare occasion when two pace bowlers topped the IMPACT charts for India, and that too in an overseas Test. He was almost back to his absolute best - remarkable for someone playing his first international match after such a long injury break. His fitness and form will still be key to India's chances in the rest of the series.

 

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