Australia won by 4 wkts
Match Date: Sep 20-2022, 1st T20 Match
Cameron Green’s 26-ball half-century was impressive, as was Matthew Wade’s contribution. As Australia hunted down 209 on a flat pitch in Mohali to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Green built Australia’s ambitious pursuit with some slog-sweeps alike Mitchell Marsh during his 30-ball 61. Wade surged in the final overs to finish the chase with four balls and four wickets to spare after Axar Patel had put Australia on the back foot with figures of 3 for 17 in his four overs.
Australia’s second-highest successful chase in T20 cricket came at the expense of some lax fielding and death bowling from India. Jasprit Bumrah was dropped at least three times, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel combined for 8-0-101-0.
Players Statement After Match
- Cameron Green | Player of the Match: When I opened the batting for the first time, I was nervous but having an experienced campaigner like Finchy next to me helped me to stay calm. It was also a luxury to be able to watch the Indian batsmen and Hardik is one of the best in the world at what he does. It was a pleasure to watch him. It was also useful to see how the Indian batsmen approached their innings as it gave us some ideas about how we should chase the total. I don’t know whether I will continue to open the batting, that is something for the coaches to decide.
- Aaron Finch | Australia captain: It was a good contest–we had some good partnerships and some good contests between the bat and the ball. They came hard at us, which caused the run rate to slow down. The batters tried to change the momentum of the game, which is what we play for. We still try to instil all the processes leading into the T20 World Cup 2022.
- Rohit Sharma | India captain: Our bowling fell short of expectations. We didn’t take any chances on the field, and 200 is a solid score to defend. Although our bowlers weren’t quite as good there, our batters did well. We must investigate what went wrong. This field yields high scores. Even if you receive 200, you cannot unwind. We had some success getting wickets, but they played really well. They made some remarkable shots. If I were in that circumstance, I would anticipate being able to score the necessary runs to win. Judging by the previous overs, I estimated that we would need to score around 60 runs in the final 4 overs. We were not able to take that extra wicket, which was crucial, because if we had, the game might have gone differently. You can’t score 200 runs every game, sometimes you just need to bat well. Hardik batted really well to get us where we needed to be. However, we need to reflect on our bowling as a team before our next game.
- Matthew Wade: I should try to develop the habit of finishing games because it would be advantageous. I’ve had a good 12 to 18 months; I’ve started to accumulate some wins; and today, Tim David and I formed a partnership. With those (finishing) roles, he has moved down the pecking order. It’s good to have someone as powerful and youthful as him because it gives me time to get going. As long as we maintain a strong run rate, we should be able to win because the pitch at this stadium isn’t too difficult to score on. Our top order batters got us off to a wonderful start, but there will be some cause for concern if the run rate begins to fall below 13 runs per over. But we stand an excellent chance of winning given the state of the outfield and pitch. In cricket, the position of the batsman depends on where the bowler throws the ball. For instance, the hitter should adapt to be closer to the leg-side if the bowler throws a wide yorker. This is due to the increased likelihood of getting caught out if the batter swings to the leg-side. However, there is a better possibility of scoring runs if the batter takes some swings from the off-side. Green batting first was always a likely scenario, so it was encouraging to see him take the field and do that. He is an extremely intriguing all-around player who will also contribute with the ball. There were some crucial roles through that (early) period and Smith played really well to keep the pressure up.
Hardik Pandya: India’s defeat was significantly impacted by Jasprit Bumrah’s absence. In the press conference following the game, all-arounder Hardik Pandya discusses his feelings on the defeat, his personal performance, and other topics.
What other Legands Reacts
It’s not enough for Team India to hope that Bumrah will come & win us games!we need to take a more proactive approach. – RP Singh
Australia’s finishers showed just how capable they are in this amazing display: Ashish Nehra
Axar Patel performed above expectations and was a crucial player in India’s victory against Rohit Sharma. – Ajay Jadeja