By Jatin Thakkar and Soham Sarkhel
Australia 288/5; India 178 (Australia won by 110 runs)
The scorecard of the match is here.
All figures between 0 and 5 unless otherwise mentioned.
*Figures in the brackets represent the players’ Match IMPACT when it is not restricted between 0 and 5, as it is in a career context.
Ben Hilfenhaus delivered the highest-impact performance in the match (Match IMPACT 6.68*) followed by Irfan Pathan (4.62) and Matthew Wade (4.32).
Hilfenhaus delivered his best career bowling performance of 9.1-1-33-5 to emerge as the player with the highest bowling impact. He scalped the prized wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli early in the innings and therefore also accumulated the highest Pressure Building Impact in the match.
Brett Lee provided the perfect foil for Hilfenhaus and ended up having a Bowling Impact of 3.29 for his 3-49 off 10 overs. Lee and Hilfenhaus were the only two bowlers from the Australian line up to have Pressure Impact in the match. Lee in particular achieved it in of his opening spell of 4-0-9-2.
In the batting department, Michael Hussey delivered the highest Batting IMPACT performance in the match (3.75) for his counter attacking knock of 59 off 52 balls. His fast scoring rate during the middle overs is also well highlighted by his Strike Rate Impact which was the highest amongst all the batsmen in today’s match.
Peter Forrest continued his impressive show in the CB series with his second half century in only his third ODI innings. He came in at a time when Australia were jolted by the double blow of Warner and Ponting but managed to steady the ship first with his partnership with Wade and then with Michael Hussey. As a result of his stability during the middle overs he also had the highest Partnership Building Impact amongst all the Australian batsmen.
Matthew Wade emerged with a Match Impact of 4.32 although his Batting Impact was only 2.37. He was brilliant behind the stumps and had a Fielding Impact of 1.25 for his 5 catches.
Besides Wade’s all-round performance as wicketkeeper-batsman, Daniel Christian also had an all-round Impact on the match (both Batting and Bowling IMPACT over 1) from his quick 30 runs in 27 balls towards the end of Australia’s innings and took Raina’s wicket in his 6 overs and gave away just 27 runs.
Irfan Pathan for India was the only one who tasted success with his bowling and ended up with figures of 3-61 off his 10 overs. His Bowling Impact of 3.47 was easily the highest amongst the Indian bowlers. The fact that the next best Indian bowler (Zaheer Khan) only had a Bowling Impact of 1.43 really highlights the authority of the Aussie batting.
MS Dhoni managed the highest Batting Impact (2.89) for his team for his knock of 56 runs off 84 balls but sadly by the time he started to build his innings the match was already gone for the Indians. The main downfall for the Indian batting was primarily due to the lack of partnerships during the start of the innings. A statement well iterated by the fact that Dhoni was the only batsman to have a Partnership Building Impact in the match for the Indians.
Out of the 7 Australian batsmen six of them managed to generate a Batting Impact of above 1.5 and five of them had a Partnership Building Impact in the match but for India only one batsman managed to log both the aforementioned impacts.
All the Aussie bowlers bowled tightly and had an Economy IMPACT in the match whereas all the bowlers for India, except for Zaheer Khan and Suresh Raina, had a negative Economy IMPACT in the match.
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