Scores: Australia 216/5; India 151 (Australia won by 65 runs – D/L Method)
Australia continued their dominance over India on this tour by clinically dismantling the visitors for a 65 run win in the first ODI of the CB series at Melbourne. The victory not only propelled Australia to the top of the table but also helped them gain a vital bonus point over India which may come in handy during the latter stages of the tournament.
Overall, India’s Team IMPACT in the match was 1.31 as compared to Australia’s 2.54.
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.
Matthew Wade the star of the first T20I against India continued his belligerent form and again managed to provide a strong platform for the Aussies after brilliantly countering a hostile spell from the Indian bowlers upfront. His Batting IMPACT of 5.01* was second only to David Hussey’s Batting IMPACT of 5.78*.
Matthew Wade along with Michael Hussey managed to provide some momentum to the Australian innings and also absorbed considerable pressure after both David Warner and Ricky Ponting failed with the bat upfront. Both Hussey and Wade had Pressure IMPACT as well as Partnership IMPACT during the course of their innings.
Even though Michael Hussey and Matthew Wade departed within a span of 4 overs, David Hussey made sure there were no more hiccups and blasted the Indian bowling attack during the death overs to remain unbeaten for his 61 of 30 balls. While Wade and Michael Hussey absorbed pressure while batting, David Hussey’s fast paced innings had a huge Strike Rate IMPACT in the match.
For India, Vinay Kumar (Bowling IMPACT 5.24*) was the pick of the bowlers and his opening spell of 5-0-8-2 made sure that the Aussies don’t get off to a flier. The fate of the rest of the Indian bowlers however was taken for a ride by Matthew Wade and the Hussey duo with their fearless counter attacking display. The uselessness of the Indian bowlers can be gauged from the fact that none of the other bowlers except Vinay Kumar managed to generate an impact of over 1.
Clint McKay and Mitchell Starc both new comers to the Aussie side rattled India’s top and middle over and had Bowling IMPACT of 4.72 and 2.66 respectively. McKay also got a Partnership Breaking IMPACT for picking up the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli ending his 51 run partnership with Rohit Sharma. Xavier Doherty also continued his good run of form in the ODI’s by picking up two wickets in the match. Daniel Christian who was playing his debut match was the only player from both the sides to effectively perform his role of an all-rounder (Both Batting and Bowling IMPACT above 1).
Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin both failed to make any IMPACT in this match for India and had a horrible outing. Sachin Tendulkar (Batting IMPACT 0.12), Gautam Gambhir (Batting IMPACT 0.30) and Suresh Raina (Batting IMPACT 0.24) also were huge flops and when three out of the top 6 batsmen have a Batting IMPACT of less than 0.5, it sadly tells a story in itself. For India only Virat Kohli (Batting IMPACT 2.1), Rohit Sharma (Batting IMPACT 1.27) and MS Dhoni (Batting IMPACT 1.91) managed to put up some resistance but by the time Dhoni rallied around the match was all but lost for the Indians.
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